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    Question iPad For Business
    I would like to use my iPad2 for business presentations. For this, I have downloaded the Keynote app. Of course, I will need a portable projection screen and a projector compatible with the iPad.

    I would also like to be able to use my iPad to receive payments via credit/debit cards. I know there are apps for this, but there are quite a few and I'm not sure which one would be best. So long as there is a free wifi connection wherever I am, it shouldn't be a problem. But, how would I go about doing that if there's not a wifi connection. Should I use my iPhone to accept payments, or should I use my iPhone as a hotspot and still use the iPad to accept payments (seems to me it would be easier to see and sign such things on an iPad than an iPhone.

    I'd like to hear from anyone who is using their iPad for similar purposes. What projector would you recommend? Also, is there a way to advance slides in Keynote without having to swipe my finger across the screen? Such as via a remote?

    Thanks!

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    I have done presentations off of my iPad. I have 2 connectors - 1 VGA
    Amazon.com: Apple 30pin Dock Connector to VGA Cable Adapter Video Converter for iPad iPhone-white: Computers & Accessories
    1 HDMI
    Amazon.com: Apple Digital AV Adapter (MD098ZM/A): Electronics
    So depending on the projector I use a different connector. (Older VGA vs HDMI)
    Even some of the new ultra portables - require the apple converter so you'll have to figure out what you want to carry.
    Portable Projectors at Brookstone. Shop now!

    I've used keynote to give the presentations - you just have to make sure the presentation looks OK. Sometimes there are fonts or bullet issues. There may be picture or animation issues as well - so you'll have to clean that up before presenting. I usually use Keynote on my Mac - then save it to iCloud - then use Keynote on iOS to open it. You don't have to do it that way but it has become a pretty good workflow for me.

    The most popular credit card payment device is square
    https://squareup.com/
    It will work with both the iPad and iPhone - but if you need internet you probably want to use the iPhone for accepting payments instead of relying on free public wifi. There are others too - but square is the one I've seen most used.

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    No one with any smarts is going to allow you to scan and send their CC info over public wifi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    No one with any smarts is going to allow you to scan and send their CC info over public wifi.
    I'm glad you qualified that with "any smarts". It never ceases to amaze me when I watch folks at Starbucks paying their bills and enacting business over the Starbucks public WiFi. Drop in a public library sometime and you'll see the same thing.

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    All quality information Ivan...thank you! And thanks for the warning via public wifi Bob and Chscag.

    I will certainly keep in mind the display problems that may occur when using Keynote. Of course, I will make some trial runs prior to ever "going live" with it.

    What about a remote control to advance slides...is that possible? It seems like it would be a bit of a pain if I'm walking around the room a little bit and have to return to the iPad to swipe my finger across the screen to advance the presentation to the next slide.

    Failing a remote control capable of doing that, couldn't I just run the presentation off my iPhone? Perhaps there is a bluetooth-capable projector I can use? Or maybe hook my iPhone up to the projector with a long enough cord that I can walk around a bit with the iPhone in my hand and advance slides that way?

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    There is probably some solution to that. I use Keynote Remote to advance my slides (running on my MBP) using my iPhone, I wonder if there is some solution like that for your situation?

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    I haven't tried this but you piqued my interest. Found this bluetooth remote which may work.
    Satechi Bluetooth Multi-Media Remote Control for iPhone, iPad & All Bluetooth OS Devices

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    Awesome! I'm all over that like white on rice, a paper plate, and a glass of milk in a snow storm! That set-up is going to look a lot cleaner using my iPad and iPhone without having to drag my MacBook Pro all over the place. And depending how things work out when I test it with my iPhone, I may not even take my iPad...just the iPhone, projector, projection screen, and that remote.

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    While looking into that remote control some more, I found out it will not allow you to control Keynote on an iPad. However, I did some more digging and found this remote that will apparently do what I need:

    Amazon.com: Satechi Bluetooth Smart Pointer Mobile Presenter (Black) and Remote Control for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy S3, Note 2 & iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook, and Mac Mini: MP3 Players & Accessories

    Looks like I found the thing to spend the $50 Amazon gift card my company gave me. :-)

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    That looks like the same remote - except sold on Amazon.

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    Slightly different. I looked up the original one on Amazon and there were comments from people who said it would not work with Keynote. I then found this one and there's a comment from someone saying it does work with Keynote. It has a laser pointer, which is a plus as well.

    Who knows though...maybe the guys who commented on the original one weren't smart enough to get it to work with Keynote. At any rate, the order has been placed for the one with the laser pointer and I can type up a review of it here once it arrives.

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    Well - if you do get it and it does work - I would love to hear a review. As I said I haven't really tried any of it but it may be useful.

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    I got an email saying it has been shipped, so I'll review it when it arrives and I try it out (will try it on both my iPad and my iPhone. However, since I'm in Afghanistan, it will take it a few weeks to get here.

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    For projectors, there is also this treat. I dont know if it will interact well with iOS devices, but worth a deeper look

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