What is "Presentation Mode" in GoodNotes 5?
GoodNotes' presentation mode allows you to convert your iPad and iPhone into a digital whiteboard. When you connect your device to an external screen or projector via HDMI or AirPlay, presentation mode allows you to hide the user interface and other distracting elements from your audience.
The Laser Pointer Tool is available in version 5.2 or higher and can always be selected from the toolbar.
Mirroring your iPad/iPhone screen to an external screen
To get started, mirror your iPad/iPhone screen to the external screen or use an HDMI cable.
Select the desired preference in the share options
By default, the user interface will be hidden for your audience. You can configure these preferences in the share options in an open document. Presentation mode has three different preferences that determine what your audience will see on the external screen.
|Preference||What your audience will see|
|Mirror Entire Screen||The external screen will show exactly what you see on your device.|
|Mirror Presenter Page||
The external screen will only show the page and the content. The audience will see when you zoom in or change to the next page. Apps in split-screen or slide over are hidden on the external screen.
|Mirror Full Page||The external screen will only show the current page in full width and height. Your audience won't see when you're zooming in on your device. Page sliding animations won't be shown on the external screen. Apps in split-screen or slide over are hidden on the external screen.|
Using the Laser Pointer
The Laser Pointer is always available in the toolbar. Depending on the size of your device, you may need to swipe all the way to the right on the toolbar to see it.
The Laser Pointer has two different styles that you can set in the contextual area: Dot & Trail.
A red dot will follow along your finger- or stylus tip.
Drawing on the screen will add a temporary laser "trail". This trail will disappear after one second, allowing you to highlight larger areas, or add temporary annotations to the page to guide your audience's attention.
Tips & Best Practices
GoodNotes' presentation mode transforms your iPad into an even more helpful tool for many occasions.
Use GoodNotes as a whiteboard replacement and mirror your iPad to an external screen. You can walk around the room freely while still adding annotations to the digital whiteboard. Apps you open in slide-over or split-screen are hidden from your audience, which allows you to conveniently drag in images or look up information. Use your iPad's camera to take a photo of a student's work to project it on the external screen in order to discuss it with everyone.
Record helpful videos
You can record your iPad's screen and your voice with the help of iOS' screen recording feature or third-party apps like "Reflector". The laser pointer tool serves as a pointer device so that others can see what you're referring to without having to see your fingers. In case you're a tutor, teacher, or someone who creates material for online courses, we highly recommend you to give it a try.
Create quick presentations and transitions
Your audience won't see the page swiping animation on the external screen when you select the preference "Mirror Full Page". This allows you to create "flipbook-style" presentations where you create a series of pages that vary gradually from one page to the next. Turning the page will create a feeling of "animation" for your audience. To make sure your drawings stay in place on the next page, use the options to duplicate or copy and paste pages.