IT pros who are constantly on the go and give a lot of presentations should check out the MightyMeeting service, which allows users to manage their presentations from a mobile device. Jack Wallen takes a look at the MightMeeting Android app.
The MightyMeeting service allows you to run presentations from your Android phone or tablet without lugging a laptop to an off-site meeting. You can also host online meetings using the MightyMeeting service. I think MightyMeeting's most impressive feature is that you can upload your presentations and run them from an Android mobile device connected to a projector. Here's a closer look at what MightyMeeting has to offer Android users. (MightyMeeting is also available for the iPhone and the iPad, but I'm focusing on the Android application, which requires Android 2.1 and up.)
Creating a MightyMeeting account
In order to use MightyMeeting, you have to create an account on their site. This is required because your presentations, for mobile use, are uploaded into your account. Then you can access your presentations at any time.
You can get a Basic account or a Pro account. Here's what you get for each type of account:Basic MightyMeeting account
- Storage: 100 MB*
- Maximum file size: 25 MB
- Slides per deck: 60
- Video length: 30 seconds
- Discussions: Unlimited
- Online meetings: 14-day trial
* Start a discussion with at least three participants and get a bonus 100 MB (500 MB max).Pro MightyMeeting account
- Storage: 2 GB
- Maximum file size: 100 MB
- Slides per deck: 120
- Video length: 5 minutes
- Discussions: Unlimited
- Online meetings: Unlimited
** Volume licensing available
For most users, the Basic account will suffice. But for power users, it's nice to have the option to go with more.
Installing MightyMeeting on your Android device
To install MightyMeeting, follow these simple steps:
- Open the Android Market app.
- Search for "mighty meeting."
- Tap the MightyMeeting entry in the Market.
- Tap the Install button.
Once it is installed, you will see MightyMeeting in your device's App drawer.
After you create your presentation, here is the high level overview for how to use MightyMeeting:
- Upload your presentation to your MightyMeeting account.
- Log in to your MightyMeeting account through the Android app.
- Open the presentation you want to use.
- Connect your Android phone to the projector.
- Begin your presentation.
The trickiest step is connecting your Android device to the projector. Since not all projectors have USB input and not all mobile devices have HDMI output (such as the HTC EVO), you will need to make sure the projector can interface with your phone. There are devices, such as the AAXA M2 Micro Projector, that are compatible with most smartphones. The price of the AAXA M2 Micro Projector is steep ($349.00), but it's worth it because the device enables you to basically have a presentation in your pocket at all times.
The process of uploading the files to your account is very straightforward. Once the files are in your account, they will be sync'd to your mobile device after you have authenticated with the app.
Now, here is the step-by-step tutorial on how to use MightyMeeting on your Android phone.When you fire up MightyMeeting, you have to log in to your account in order to see your list of presentations that you uploaded to the service (Figure A). Figure A
MightyMeeting allows you to open presentations that have been shared with you by other members.From this screen, tap on the presentation you want to run. The next screen will display all of the slides in your presentation. Tap on the slide you want to show first, and the presentation will begin (Figure B). You can swipe from right to left to move to the next slide or swipe from left to right to go back to the previous slide. Figure B
This is a test presentation created to show how MightyMeeting works.
Issues you may encounter with MightyMeeting
Since MightyMeeting is in early release, you can expect some issues — I only came across two.
All presentations must be converted into a usable format; this is done automatically on the MightyMeeting servers. I discovered that the conversion process fails if your presentation uses any transitional effects or nonstandard fonts. To get around this issue, you just need to make sure your presentations do not contain any transitional effects or nonstandard fonts.
The MightyMeeting converter also seems to have issues with presentations created in OpenOffice or LibreOffice (even if they are saved in .ppt format). In order to get around this issue, you should save your presentation as a .pdf and then upload it.
Although the projector could put a hitch in your mobile presentation plans, MightyMeeting is a fantastic app and service for any power user who frequently gives presentations off-site.