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Control your LibreOffice presentations from your Android smartphone

Jack Wallen shows you how you can use your Android device as a remote for your LibreOffice Impress presentations.

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Have you ever had to pull off a presentation, only to find yourself without a remote? Having to move back and forth between a podium and a computer can really be a momentum killer. In some instances, you can depend on a remote — but what if you could carry that remote around with you on your Android phone? If you're using LibreOffice Impress, that remote is just a few clicks away.

The LibreOffice Impress Remote app is one of the handiest you'll find to remotely manage your LibreOffice slideshows. With the app, you can control slide previews, speaker notes, and more on LibreOffice Impress. The remote works from your Android device and can control slideshows on Linux, Windows, or Mac (though it does work best on Linux). All you need is:

  • LibreOffice
  • A slideshow
  • Connection to a wireless network or Bluetooth connection to a PC

Let's walk through the process of installing and using this handy slideshow remote.

Installation

To install the LibreOffice Impress Remote app, do the following:

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device
  2. Search for libreoffice
  3. Locate and tap the entry for the LibreOffice Impress Remote by The Document Foundation
  4. Tap Install
  5. Read the permissions listing
  6. If the permissions listing is acceptable, tap Accept
  7. Allow the installation to complete

You should see the launcher for the app in either your home screen or the app drawer (or both). Tap it to launch the app.

Usage

From the main window (Figure A) you will see the app defaults to Bluetooth. If you have a Bluetooth-enabled laptop running the slideshow, it should automatically locate the remote location. If you're going with wireless, tap the Wi-Fi button to see your remote device listed.

Figure A

Figure A

Running the LibreOffice Impress Remote app on a Verizon-branded HTC M8.

Tap the remote device you want to connect to and you'll be given a code (Figure B). That code is used on the remote device (laptop or desktop).

Figure B

Figure B

Getting your remote code for LibreOffice.

Go to LibreOffice Impress (on the laptop or desktop) and click Slideshow | LibreOffice Remote. A new window will pop up with a listing of possible connections (Figure C). Select the desired connection, enter the code from the remote, and click Connect.

Figure C

Figure C

Connecting LibreOffice to the correct remote device.

At this point, the remote screen will change and you can control the slideshow (Figure D).

Figure D

Figure D

Controlling the slideshow.

Controlling the slide show on the remote device is as simple as swiping to the right to advance the slideshow or swiping to the left to go back a slide. You can also view the slides in a grid to select slides out of order. If you tap the menu button, you'll see an entry called Start Pointer. This will start a pointer on the slideshow screen that you can control from the Android device. The pointer will show up on the slideshow as a dot (Figure E).

Figure E

Figure E

The pointer shows up as a red dot.

You can also set the remote to start on a timer. To do this, tap the clock button from the slideshow window (on the Android device) and select a time to start the slideshow.

If you're looking for one of the easiest ways to control your LibreOffice Impress slideshow, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better solution than the LibreOffice Impress Remote app. It works flawlessly and can be used by anyone with any level of skill.

Do you make use of your Android device as a remote for various appliances, tools, or software? If so, what's the most creative use you've employed? Share your experience in the discussion thread below.

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About Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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