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I want to show photos of completed work to clients on an iPad.

I want the best solution for elegant client presentations on the iPad. I don't want to have to reinvent the wheel and it needs to be dead-simple. If you've done this before (used an iPad to make client presentations) let me know what you did, how you did it and any pitfalls to avoid.
Thanks Experts!
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Question by:Elixir2
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by:tycoot
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I would create a Pages slideshow of the photos. This will look more professional and functions like powerpoint.
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by:Elixir2
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I forgot to mention our office is PC-centric.
How would you get the pictures from the PC to the iPad?
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by:ScottCha
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If you don't have the ability to direct-connect, the easiest way is to email the pictures and save them into  your Photos folder.
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by:ScottCha
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Or if you want to create a PowerPoint presentation you can email that to your iPad and use Office2 (squared) HD to show the presentation.

Here is the link for it:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/office2-hd/id364361728?mt=8

It is currently $7.99.

Or you can take a look at these and pick the best one for you.

http://www.laptopmag.com/review/software/3-ipad-office-suites.aspx
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by:Elixir2
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We have the ability to direct connect via USB. We can also use wireless. Can we use iTunes on PC to transfer pictures to iPad?

We do not want to use anything that requires a new sign-up and account, like iCloud or other subscription services. Dropbox is an exception because we already use it.

I believe creating a PowerPoint falls in the "overcomplicated" category. Note my initial requirement that this be "dead-simple."

I like the idea of a slideshow.

I found something called "Tipard iPad Transfer Platinum" has anyone any experience with that? Their website was blocked by my antivirus protection as a possible threat... not a good sign, eh?
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by:ScottCha
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Yes, you will be able to transfer the pictures via USB using iTunes.
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by:Elixir2
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Kinda knew that. ;)
How about any ideas on the original question above?
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by:Elixir2
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I once used tumblr to do this type of thing, but that was years ago, and aeons of 'net time has passed. I think tumblr has been replaced by PhotoSnack.

http://www.photosnack.com/slideshow-examples/
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by:ScottCha
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The reason I answered about transferring via iTues was because you asked.

"We have the ability to direct connect via USB. We can also use wireless. Can we use iTunes on PC to transfer pictures to iPad?"

To answer your original question...as suggested Slideshow will give you what you want with minimal effort.

If you want more quality it is going to be more work, which you stated you did not want to do.
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by:tycoot
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Transferring pictures to the iPad by using Dropbox would be your easiest and best solution. You can install dropbox on the PC, and on the iPad. Then view a slideshow of the photos you wish to produce to clients.
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by:Elixir2
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ScottCha, you mention "Slideshow" with a capital S. Is that something specific on the iPad? I searched this entire post but I was the only one to mention a slideshow, so I'm unclear on what you mean, "as suggested"?

Experts, if you want the points, provide links, not just something I have to guess at.
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by:Elixir2
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tycoot, it seems like dropbox is winning this debate if not only because we use it. Have you used dropbox on iPad to see what it looks like?

How does it compare to SnackTools? (link above)
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by:Elixir2
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Also, this is an iPad original (as the title states) so iPhoto is not going to work, as it only runs on the iPad2 and later, according to Apple.
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by:Elixir2
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My research has led me to check out Preview as a function on the iPad.
    "Open up all the pictures in Preview.
    In Preview, just go to View > Slideshow.
    That's it!"

I'm also looking at "Sort Shots for iPad"
http://www.sortshots.com/function/
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by:ScottCha
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No, I meant a slideshow as was previously mentioned.
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by:Elixir2
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From Dropbox here's the minimum system requirements for running the app on iPad: iOS v4.3 or later
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Elixir2 earned 0 total points
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To summarize, here's the way I chose the solution and awarded points.

First, the suggestion to create a Pages document didn't work for us because we run a PC-centric office. We didn't want to integrate another piece of software to write something. Keep it simple.

The next proposed suggestion involved setting up email accounts to email stuff in the event USB didn't work. USB works; email setup is not what I was looking for in this solution.

Then, we got way off track looking at PowerPoint and Office software suites at a cost? Wow. Again, not what I was looking for. We wanted simple, and free if possible.

I explored fringe offerings from Tipard and Photosnack. I looked at the slideshow options built in to the iPad. Not good enough or not hitting the target.

In the end I decided to use Dropbox (because we already use that) and use that to sync photos to the iPad. I updated it to the latest (5.1.1) and installed Dropbox. The pictures open using the Photos button on the iPad, something I don't see anyone mentioning. While there is a slideshow option, it is not something we are going to use.
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by:tycoot
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I suggested to use Dropbox, I wish I could at least get some partial credit for suggesting two different ideas to this question.
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by:Elixir2
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The solutions proposed by the Experts did not hit the target for what I was looking for in this case. I looked at each of their solutions and found they either were too complicated or just did not fit the scenario at all.

My own solution is much better, including clickable links and well-thought-out ideas. In the end, I wrote up a summary of how I arrived at the chosen solution. This is why I rated it an A.
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