Using Apple remote control with PDF presentations

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I do all my presentations in Latex/Beamer and I wanted to control my presentation with the remote control of my MacBook. Apple support already Keynote, and there are applications for Microsoft PowerPoint. So, frustrated by that, I did it myself and here it is for you to use it freely:

  1. Get and install iRed Lite from http://www.filewell.com/iRedLite/
  2. Download the iRed layer I created (AcrobatReader.irla) from here: acrobatreader.

If you have problems downloading the irla file, try this acrobateraderirla.zip version

This is the button / action pairs:

  • Play/Stop: Enter in Full Screen Mode
  • |<< : Backward one slide
  • >>|: Forward one slide
  • double |<<: First slide
  • double >>|: Last slide
  • +: Last Link/ Field/ Comment
  • -: Next Link/Field/Comment

This setup works for me, however, if you don’t like it, you can easily edit it using the iRed Lite – Editor. The truth is that it’s very simple.

Let me know if you find this helpful.

NOTE:

Acrobat Reader layer for iRed Lite
    Copyright (C) 2008  Julian Villegas

    This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
    it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
    the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
    any later version.

    This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
    but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
    MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
    GNU General Public License for more details.

    You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
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27 thoughts on “Using Apple remote control with PDF presentations


  1. Hi,

    Nice infromation but I couldnt find the file acrobatreader.irla I would like to use it… thanks

    eddy


  2. Workaround for PDFs:

    I user returned the remote and said it was useless because she could not control a PDF presentation with it.

    You would think that opening the PDF in preview would do it, but no go.

    I had to open the PDF in Quicktime and it was able to advance/close from there using the Apple Remote.

    Go figure.


  3. I’m so happy you wrote this – it’s exactly what I wanted! I installed your irla file but unfortunately it does not seem to be working. I can see in the iRedLite OSD panel that the button presses are registering, but nothing is happening in Acrobat. Any ideas?


  4. I could not get iRed to work.

    But i figured out that apple remote works with the pdf-viewer Skim work


  5. I could not get iRed to work.

    I tried quick time, but since I do not have Quick time pro, the resolution is too low.

    But i figured out that apple remote works pretty fine with pdf-viewer skim.


  6. Hi Julian (sorry for the accent on “a”),

    I do not understand how to use your fantastic tool for another application than iTunes. I would like to use it for my Habilitation defense next week, but with preview or Acrobate Reader, and not with iTunes.

    How can I do that ?

    Yours,
    fbg


  7. Hi Julian,

    Thanks a lot for giving this with GNU licence.

    I was wondering whether you have a version of it for Adobe Acrobat Pro?

    Thanks,

    Giovanni


  8. Hi Julian,

    Thanks for posting this.

    I was wondering whether you have a version for Acrobat Pro?

    Regards,

    g.

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