with your presentation in your pocket
Travel with your presentation in your pocket? You bet you can!
The recent world events have made drastic changes in the way people
travel and what they pack. PowerPoint usage has become the norm
replacing the slide projector presentations of yesteryear. And the
Margi Presenter-to-Go makes it a breeze to take your presentations
on the road with you.
The complete contents of the Margi Presenter-to-Go for Handspring
|· A/C Adapter power supply 100-240V
· 14-button infrared remote control
· Carry pouch for the remote and module
· Installation CD
· 12" HD15 (VGA) adapter with power port, plus
male to male gender bender connector
· Margi springboard module with quick start guide
Not wanting to burden my travels for presentations with a laptop
these days, I chose to investigate this unique product. My motto
of late is travel light as those long lines can produce weariness
prior to departure.
System requirements for either a laptop or desktop are:
· 32 MB RAM
· 50 MB Hard Drive
· Windows98, 98SE, Millenium, 2000, XP, NT4 or Mac OS 8.5
or higher, excluding OS X Operating System
· Handspring handheld cradle with Palm Desktop software
· Any Handspring Visor (Palm OS 3.1 or higher)
o Pentium 166 MHz or higher running Windows 2000/NT/98/ME/XP and
o Macintosh running OS 8.5 or higher, excluding OS X and HotSync
After completing my PowerPoint presentation, I chose to load it
on my new Handspring Visor Pro mainly because of the 16 MB memory
capacity. Reading the user's guide as my nightly bedtime reading
helped to instill the steps into this middle-aged brain. However,
I needn't have worried. The easy to follow sequential steps made
the process painless. Talk about surprise when this all worked in
a matter of seconds with the entire presentation visible on the
handheld. I could hardly contain myself to see it operate.
Arriving at the Central Arizona Nursing Informatics conference
in Phoenix October 20 with my small bag of goodies and seeing many
of the other presenters with laptops in tow made me smile. Being
first on the agenda has advantages. A few connections and there
it was projecting a crisp 1024 x 768 8 bit color resolution. It
took a few tries of the remote to understand angles for the IR transmission.
Even with the graphics (jpeg) rich PowerPoint, the forwarding to
the next slide was spontaneous.
Per a note in the manual, I did not include any special slide transitions
or animations as only static slides are supported. However, that
presented little problem. In total, the two slide presentations
contained almost 2 MB of data which is the limit (The module has
about 1.65MB of space, but presentations can also be saved to the
Visor's memory or a flash memory module) There was no negative impact
on my other applications.
Control features of the program include:
· Selecting from multiple presentations
· Setting up either a manual or automatic show
· Selectively hide/show slides
· View slide notes
· Drag and drop reorganization of individual slides in
· Loop functioning
The remote is this little wonder that has forward, reverse, and
auto. It is also capable of a 10 key direct slide selection and
a special return to the last slide buttons.
An added bonus is the Margi Mirror feature. It is a scaled down
version of the Palm Emulator and works with similar results. I had
also installed this module on another handheld the Visor Delux.
The two handhelds were the control point for my presentation of
PowerPoint and actual demonstrations of various applications specific
to healthcare. The most unique was utilizing this mirror functioning
to demo and build a database using HanDBase as the rapid developmental
The company has recently added the capability of using this gem
for any Pocket PC handheld with a PC card slot or jacket.
No need to worry if you do not own a color handheld. Whatever background
you choose in Powerpoint is replicated on projection with the Margi
presenter-to-go. That is 'in living color'!
The list price of $299
is a bargain price for the enhanced functionality included.
Join today's professionals in becoming a "trailblazer"
(This is what Margi means in the Indian language Sanskrit)
Sylvia Suszka Hildebrandt,
MN, ARNP,CASNI , Editor PDA cortex