04-15-2010 10:45 AM
Logitech — please invest in supporting Apple users.
I failed to notice on Amazon that the R800 supports Windows only. Unable to use the blank screen function with Apple's Keynote, I returned it for a refund. Still, I published a review to Amazon, trimmed here:
...I settled on this Logitech after comparing its features with maybe seven or eight others. When I first held it I appreciated its heft, particularly the rounded bottom-heavy design (which also very conveniently houses the USB unit) as it fits perfectly in my palm. The simple button layout impressed me. I appreciated having the timer, generally on much more expensive models, here at a reasonable cost. And purely subjectively, I prefer the green laser to the red.
So for Windows, I can't imagine a better unit... This little baby is worth the couple of extra Jacksons.
On my MacBook Pro (Keynote 4.0.4, OS 10.6.2) the basic fwd/back buttons and the laser performed perfectly, as expected. But ...no Blank Screen is a dealbreaker. ... if you don't particularly need [start pres and blank screen], I bet you'll love the R800 for everything else...
* * * Otherwise, I like the R800 so much that if Logitech updates the firmware to fully accommodate Apple OS 10.6.x and Keynote, especially the blank-screen function, I'll probably buy this again immediately. * * *
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Apple will only *continue* its consistent growth as demonstrated over the past decade. Pay attention to this market. And now with the iPad, companies who support Apple's directions will profit well from it, especially as the iPad and its apps improve.
Your R800 is, in effect, the elegant, *enjoyably* useful kind of item that I and MOST APPLE USERS EXPECT. Start investing in diligent programming for Apple, and you're going to find a BUNCH of new, very enthusiastic buyers with cash in hand. And, unlike too many PC users who are largely concerned with getting the cheapest piece of crap possible, as long as it functions tolerably well, Apple users want quality.
Plus: just listen to a few of the better Mac podcasts and you'll find that most of us tend to "evangelize" about third-party products that live up to Apple's standards. The Logitech R800 fits that. It's so good that you don't even need to put it in a white casing. ;-)
[BUT why not consider it?]
Thanks for listening.
06-01-2010 09:56 PM
I have just purchased this presenter remote after seeing posts from people saying it works on Mac.
Unfortunately I haven't had the smae luck. Before this I was using the previous model which work well, but this one doesnt seem to recognise the mac.
06-01-2010 11:16 PM
I managed to find a resolusion to the issue. You have to uninstall the Logitech Control Centre and use an alternatvie for any other logitech mouse or device you have. SterrMouse has been highly recommended.
06-04-2010 10:09 AM
The Presenter is simply a USB keyboard in a slightly different form factor. The buttons seem to map as follows:
Previous Slide = PgUp
Next Slide = PgDn
Start Presentation = F5
Blank Screen = .
Most applications that benefit from the Presenter use these standard keys, if you can modify any non-standard applications to use them it will work for them as well. This isn't really a Mac issue, just an application keyboard shortcut issue.
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