S5 and Presentation Remotes

I use s5 for all my presentations, and I’ve been giving a lot of them the past couple years. Although I’ve been tempted, I haven’t yet broken down and purchased a presentation remote, because I’m not sure any of them will work with:

  • A mac
  • arrow keys in a web browser\
    So, all you s5-presentation-givin’-standards-nerds out there, if you use a presentation remote, which one do you use, and do you like it?

By Kevin Lawver

Web developer, Software Engineer @ Gusto, Co-founder @ TechSAV, husband, father, aspiring social capitalist and troublemaker.


  1. Tim Joransen says:

    I’ve settled in on a remote from Interlink Electronics. I use the “Remote Point Global Presenter” It is a bit pricey but just works and works well.
    I picked it because it was radio based (so I don’t need line of sight), and the receiver also doubles as a small USB drive to hold the preso as a backup option.
    I don’t use S5, but I just tested it on my Mac using the demo preso with Safari and it worked. (it shows up as a keyboard and the fwd/back buttons default to the left/right arrow keys).
    The downsides: there isn’t a power switch, so I take one of the batteries out when I throw it in my bag (it has a small zippered pouch to hold the remote, the USB reciever, and the battery I take out). Also, on my old Powerbook (G3), the USB port can’t give enough power to use the USB Drive feature (but the remote works fine). This isn’t a problem on my Mac Mini or my Dell laptop, and probably not on a modern [Power|Mac]book.

  2. Eric Meyer says:

    I use a Kensington Pocket Presenter with my OS X laptop and it works great with S5. In fact, I’ve already hacked my personal copy of S5 to have a “blank screen” feature as a result of using that remote. Basically, any remote that works with Powerpoint or Keynote is very likely to work with S5, because so far as I can tell they all send keyboard commands to the computer, so it’s all good. See the comments on http://meyerweb.com/eric/thoughts/2006/05/04/presentation-remotes/ for more recommendations from people on good remotes to use.
    (Related note: S5 has now moved to http://s5project.org/ and will hopefully start adding features again.)

  3. Kevin says:

    Thanks, guys!

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