Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Android Apps Review: pitchR

pitchR implements a very interesting concept - it is an app that allows the user to control and view a PowerPoint presentation from an Android phone. This is achieved by downloading and installing a simple application on the host computer and connecting the phone to the same network through WiFi. It is worth mentioning that pitchR works in an offline mode too, where you can just preview the presentation. Once started, the app searches for .ppt files on the phone and the memory card. When the desired one is selected, the phone is synched with the network and the presentation loads. The very unique feature of this app is that the presentation is actually displayed on the phone screen in real time, allowing the user to control it without looking at the screen. The slides can be switched using the trackball or the touch screen. This app is paid, however, there is a free Trial version, too, which displays "pitchR TRIAL" on every slide during the presentation.

Worth installing? If you host presentations often, this app can be your life-saver. Of course, you can just use a remote or the computer keyboard, but the real time preview of the slides on the screen makes this app way more useful and cool, too. Up to date, the only Android app that can preview PowerPoint slides.

What do I want to see in future versions? Basic editing capabilities.

Rating: 9/10


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