Is that a spread sheet in your pocket? Presentation tips when using docs.google.com/m

Via the Google Docs Blog, news of the new mobile (“m”) version at docs.google.com/m. Currently, you can only view — not edit — documents (the post indicates that’s a feature on its way). I’ll be trying out the “presentation” feature later and will add a video to this post of what that looks like. If it works and there were an output-to-display “jack”/function/device (whatever?) on an iPhone, (update: see comments) I think this could one day be a road-warriors dream. In the meantime, the above shot is what a spreadsheet looks like. It’s a vocabulary list the 17-year-old and I made for SAT prep.

Later: I experimented with Google Docs presentation on my iPhone and discovered a couple of things. At least in my quick experiment, an imported Power Point presentation into Google docs was extremely slow in the mobile version. Discovering that, I tried creating a quick (as in five minutes) presentation natively in Google docs and the presentation zooms. Here’s a two-minute video of my test, using my quick presentation called: “”Six tips for a presenation you want to share via docs. google.com/m”

Not that you’d ever want to, but you can see the Google Docs version of presentation here if you don’t use Safari. You don’t have to log into Google Docs, but you’ll get a screen making you think you do.

Here are the “Six tips for a presenation you want to share via docs. google.com/m” — saving you from having to watch the video or presentation:

1. Think of a better way — like maybe talking instead of presenting.

2. Don’t use background color or fancy text or graphics or graphs. (It’s tiny and you’re doing this over the Internet so don’t add stuff that will slow it down).

3. Use really big type. (On a tiny screen, even 68 point type will be tiny.)

4. Don’t use bullet points (don’t ever use bullet points. Or numbered tips for that matter).

5. Think vertical and top-heavy. (The control pointer covers up the bottom of the screen so your presentation will look better when displayed vertically. All you need to do is leave plenty of room at the bottom of each slide.)

6. Don’t try to be funny. (Don’t ever try to be funny in a presentation unless you’re a trained professional…and then don’t.)

  • Interesting update. Have you tried converting a PPT or Keynote file to images and sticking it on your iPhone via iPhoto? Works nicely. I also bought the video out cable and plan to experiment to see if it can indeed serve as a in your pocket PPT device with the nice transitions and all. Editing on the other hand….

  • Rex Hammock

    Thanks Steve. As you and I share (and have discussed offline) our dreams of one day traveling lap-top free (you’re pretty much there, but I hang on), I have considered the “photo” solution you suggest. Frankly, I would never depend on a web-based solution (Google docs) in a critical situation: I want the presentation w/ me — not merely accessible. Also, ever since I downloaded Khoi Vinh’s NYC subway map images onto my iPhone, I’ve been thinking how that photos feature can be more than merely a place to store family photos.

    Also, Steve. Thanks for updating my perception that there is a heat-issue related to video-out on iPhones — as covered back when the phones first came out. I’ll be using my “refund” money to purchase a universal doc or those AV cables to experiment, as well.

  • An update. I tried the cable with an iPhoto album and a TV. It worked great but the builds on the phone did not match the TV. However it all worked. Editing however is another story entirely.