Developer: CYBER WARE Inc.
Price: $7.99 Download on the App Store
ShowAnytime is an app with potential and for a few remaining hours is made a bit better by being on sale. If the ability to put Power Point presentations on your iPhone or iTouch is appealing to you, ShowAnytime is a basic way to achieve your goal. It does have its limitations, but the potential for Power Point portability coupled with a way to display the file directly from the device has appeal.
ShowAnytime supports .ppt and .pdf files, and because the ability to wirelessly transfer .pdf files exists in several apps, it’s really all about the .ppt support.
Coincidentally, I recently had an instance where ShowAnytime could have come in handy had I discovered it earlier. My son created a presentation for a school project and suffered a bit of transfer and display issues between his computer at home and the one at school.
I tested out ShowAnytime with his recent presentation and not only was the wireless transfer quick and easy, ShowAnytime includes a built-in pointer. Granted, you can’t transfer the file from the app to another computer, but with the proper cables you’d be all set to display on a TV screen, smart board, or other display.
ShowAnytime does come with limitations, such as only supporting “PNG,” “WMF,” “JPEG” and “BMP” image files. The developer clearly states the app’s limitations, also including no support of complex AutoShapes and flowcharts, animation, and the estimated size limit restrictions. ShowAnytime is designed to deal in a 2 to 4 MB range for most users.
Once your file is loaded, you can easily connect to a screen with a composite AV cable and then control your presentation with a simple swipe. Notes that were added to the slides can be seen on screen below the slides on your device, while only the slide itself is displayed on the connected screen. Dot and arrow laser pointers are included for ease of presentation. All in all, it’s a relatively straightforward and simple to use application.
With an awareness and full disclosure by the developer of ShowAnytime limitations, it’s left up to the user to find the potential. Having had no end-user problems myself, I would definitely recommend grabbing ShowAnytime if there are any simple Power Point presentations in your near future. In fact, I’m pleased to have found it and am encouraging my kid to use it for his next school project.