Apr 28th 2008 02:43 am 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
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28 Responses to “Using Apple remote control with PDF presentations”

  1. Eddy on 17 Jul 2008 at 07:30 #


    Hi,

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

    eddy

  2. julovi on 17 Jul 2008 at 21:05 #


    Try downloading the zip file

  3. Manuel on 06 Apr 2009 at 09:38 #


    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.

  4. Ben on 15 May 2009 at 12:02 #


    Ah ha! That quicktime trick is very handy. Thanks, Manuel.

  5. Tim Andersen on 03 Jul 2009 at 06:31 #


    Why did you use Adobe Acrobat Reader? Why not Preview?

  6. julovi on 03 Jul 2009 at 15:37 #


    Did you try it Tim?

  7. schmax on 07 Jul 2009 at 01:49 #


    Ha! Quicktime actually works with PDF. And the remote… Thanks Manuel!

  8. Adobe Air courses on 30 Sep 2009 at 11:45 #


    great article. I will bookmark this

  9. Will on 01 Dec 2009 at 22:54 #


    The remote controls do not work for me when the PDF is in full screen mode.

  10. julovi on 03 Dec 2009 at 06:11 #


    Hi Willy,
    What reader are you using? Preview? Acrobat? it definitely works for me when I use Acrobat.

  11. Bill on 21 Jan 2010 at 08:08 #


    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?

  12. julovi on 21 Jan 2010 at 18:04 #


    what Acrobat version are you in?

  13. Arnav Sheth on 01 Feb 2010 at 14:06 #


    Great app. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Sum on 09 Jun 2010 at 23:07 #


    I could not get iRed to work.

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

  15. Su on 09 Jun 2010 at 23:10 #


    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.

  16. MArtin on 03 Sep 2010 at 01:34 #


    Thank you so much, graet work =) I love it and my students will enjoy my latex beamerclass slides =)

  17. jirka on 17 Feb 2011 at 16:24 #


    You can try this SIMBL plugin: remotepreview.openagency.cz

  18. Flavio Franca Cruz on 06 Sep 2011 at 22:40 #


    Does it work for preview? If it does, how?

  19. Florent Benaych-Georges on 01 Dec 2011 at 17:54 #


    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

  20. Apple Remote / Advanced Configuration » Philipp Klaus's Computing Blog on 20 Dec 2011 at 16:47 #


    [...] iRedLite http://www.filewell.com/iRedLite/ This program works well, you can configure a load of possible actions depending on the currently open application. To get Preview PDF presentations to work with the Apple Remote in Preview/Adobe Reader have a look at http://julovi.net/j/?p=83. [...]

  21. Juliano Dorneles on 05 Jan 2012 at 12:22 #


    I use Skim for my PDF presentations. Works perfectly with Apple Remote. Lion here.

  22. Giovanni on 28 Feb 2012 at 13:56 #


    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

  23. Giovanni on 29 Feb 2012 at 02:11 #


    Hi Julian,

    Thanks for posting this.

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

    Regards,

    g.

  24. mrfcobf on 01 Apr 2012 at 15:54 #


    Using Acrobat Pro (CS5), and can’t get it working. Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Bob

  25. julovi on 12 Sep 2012 at 03:44 #


    I don’t

  26. Reda on 02 Feb 2013 at 11:33 #


    Works perfectly … thanks ;)

  27. Asim on 12 Feb 2013 at 09:57 #


    The iRed app is not allowing to add a script. Any help?

  28. Lapin on 03 Aug 2014 at 12:23 #


    What can I do if I am using windows 8.1 pro?
    I am also doing my presentations using LaTeX/Beamer and I use Adobe Acrobat as my viewer. I want to remote my presentation using my iPhone 5s. I spent time surfing google but I could not find it.

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