Note: The Conferences i/o Mac App is in public beta. While the app has been tested by many customers, there can still be quirks or bugs that have not yet been ironed out. If you are using the Mac App and see any strange behavior, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: All versions of the Conferences i/o Mac App, as of January 2020, will not work correctly with macOS 10.15 (Catalina). The Mac App will appear to be running, but live content slides will not work at any point. The specific problem has to do with new permissions requirements in Catalina, and our product team is working toward a resolution of these issues in a new version of the Mac App. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The Conferences i/o Mac App allows presenters to embed live content (polling, Q&A) into PowerPoint and Keynote presentations.
In order to create the PPT slides with embedded results, you will need to download and install the Mac App to your Mac computer.
In order to display the live results on the big screen, our Mac App must also be installed and actively running on the computer projecting the presentation in the session room. If your speaker plans to use their own laptop, make sure they’re using Keynote or PowerPoint for Mac and ask them to install the Conferences i/o Mac App.
1. From Session Settings, click on "Insert Live Content into PowerPoint or Keynote".
2. Click on the button that says "Download All Slides for Mac".
3. A PPTX file will be downloaded by your browser.
Note: If you have a bunch of polls (more than 15), this file will take a few seconds to generate.
4. Open the downloaded PPTX file in Keynote or PowerPoint for Mac.
Note: You may experience an error when opening directly in some versions of Keynote. We are working to resolve on our end, but another option is to open the file in Mac PowerPoint, immediately save the file, and then re-try opening in Keynote.
5. Copy/paste or drag/drop the appropriate slides into your target presentation file.
Note: Make sure the presenter notes from each slide transfer over to the target presentation. This is how the Mac App knows what live content to display.
6. Make sure the Conferences i/o Mac App is running.
If the Mac App is running, it will appear as an icon in your menu bar. Our app's icon is our logo.
7. Start your presentation's slideshow.
When you reach an appropriate slide, the Mac App will go to work. There may be a brief delay (less than one second), but your poll results or session Q&A will appear in the correct location.
Not getting the results you intended? Reference our next article, Troubleshooting Problems with the Mac App.