Playing Slideshows

There are two options for playing a slideshow: previewing in the document window and playing in full-screen mode. If you have multiple displays connected to your computer, or if you have a projector connected to your Mac, you can choose any of those displays or the projector for a full-screen presentation.

When playing your slideshow, FotoMagico tries to respect the timing you specified during authoring. However, if slide durations are fairly short, and the image files are large, your computer may not be able to load the image files quickly enough to keep up with the fast pace you specified.
In this case you can either slow down the pace by making the slide durations a bit longer, or you can scale down your image files, so that loading doesn't take as long.

Previewing in the Window

To preview part of your slideshow, click on the Preview button in the toolbar (filled triangle), choose Play from the Slideshow menu, or press the spacebar key.

If you want to stop the preview, click the Play button again, or choose Stop from the Slideshow menu, or press the Esc or the . keys.

Playing in Fullscreen Mode

To play the slideshow, first click on the Rewind button to move the playhead to the beginning of the slideshow, then click on the Play Fullscreen/Share button in the toolbar, then choose Play Fullscreen… or choose Play Fullscreen… from the Slideshow menu.

If there is more than one display device available (e.g. a projector connected to your MacBook Pro), a sheet will appear which lets you select which display should be used for full-screen playback. This sheet looks similar to the Displays pane in the System Preferences.

If you want to stop the slideshow, press the Esc or the . keys or click the Menu button on the Apple remote control.

Using the Teleprompter

The teleprompter helps you with live narration of your slideshow while presenting it in front of an audience. It displays the slide notes in a scrolling list on the second screen while presenting the slideshow itself on another screen or projector.

The teleprompter requires that at least two displays are available. One of these is usually a projector connected to your Mac. Since the teleprompter will be displayed in the document window, it will only be visible if you move the document window to the display which will not be used for the full-screen presentation. For example, if you have a projector connected to your MacBook Pro, move the document window to the internal display, and use the projector for the full-screen presentation.

Choose Play Fullscreen… from the Slideshow menu and in the sheet that appears select the presentation screen and 'Use Teleprompter' from the Options popup menu. Playback will start after the teleprompter has been prepared.

On the left side, the teleprompter displays the current slide, its duration, and a small progress bar which gives you an idea how long the current slide is still going to be visible. This is helpful to pace your live narration. The right side displays a scrolling list of slide notes, which remind you of what to talk about during the slideshow. The notes for the current slide are displayed in bright white, while notes for upcoming slides are displayed in a dimmed dark gray.

Preparing the teleprompter may take a while for very long slideshows. Playback will start after the preparation has completed.
Some Macs may not be powerful enough to display both the full-screen playback and the teleprompter at the same time, without some stuttering occurring in the animation of the images. In this case you may need to refrain from using the teleprompter.

Interactive Control

Slideshows can be controlled interactively while playing. This interactive control is available when previewing in a window, playing full-screen, or using a standalone player. Playback can be controlled interactively with the keyboard, the Apple remote control, or mouse clicks:

  • Pause/play slideshow - Press the spacebar key to pause the slideshow or the Play/Pause button on the Apple remote control.
  • Jump forward/backward - Press the key or the Forward button on the Apple remote control to advance to the next slide. Press the key or Backward button on the Apple remote control to go back to the preceding slide.
  • Volume Control - Use the scroll wheel of your mouse or Apple Remote volume keys to control the master volume. Lower the volume while you are speaking live and increase it when the music is more important.
  • Continue at mouse click - If your slideshow contains slides with Continue at mouse click, the slideshow will pause at the end of these slides. Once you click the mouse button, the slideshow will advance to the next slide.
  • Stop slideshow - Press the esc or . keys to stop the presentation at any time. Image and audio will fade out before the slideshow stops.

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