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Power Prompter 2020.3 & 2020.4

Recently we released the 2020.3 update and just two days later the 2020.4 update.

The 2020.3 update brought support for the Touchbar on recent MacBook Pro models, added a new overlay named “Expanse” and fixed a bug where text flip would reset whenever prompting was started from the editor window.

The 2020.4 update then fixed a bug that was introduced with the Touchbar support.

Initially we planned to add a speed slider to the touch bar. Which then turned out to cause performance issues. Sadly updating the touch bar seems to slow down teleprompter rendering. So whenever the speed slider was updated to a new value the teleprompter would slow down.

That’s why we removed the speed slider for now. We plan to bring it back once we figure out how to work around the performance regression.

The full release notes can be found here: https://suborbital.io/powerprompter/release_notes/


Power Prompter is a modern teleprompter application for the Mac. Specially designed for small teams and solo content creators.

Power Prompter 2020.2

The new Power Prompter update is here. It’s a minor update which brings the following changes:

  • The teleprompter window features now a scroll speed label above the speed slider. By default it displays the speed as percent. But you can switch through different units (word/second, words/minute, lines/second, lines/minute) by clicking on the label.
  • Spawning new teleprompter windows by pressing CMD-T while a teleprompter window has keyboard focus works again.
  • Fixed a bug that would randomly bring teleprompter windows into the foreground whenever playback was initiated. (This happened only when more than one prompter window was active).
  • Fixed a bug that would display ugly scroll bars in the display list when a mouse was connected to the system.

The update is available now from the Mac App Store or from the update feature of the direct download version of Power Prompter (Menu: Power Prompter -> Check for updates…).

You can find the complete release notes by following this link: https://suborbital.io/powerprompter/release_notes/


Power Prompter is a modern teleprompter application for the Mac. Specially designed for small teams and solo content creators.

Power Prompter 2020.1 Update brings Bookmarks

The first update in 2020 to Power Prompter – aptly named 2020.1 – comes with a much requested feature: Bookmarks.

Now you can drop bookmarks within your scripts and quickly jump to them. Power Prompter automatically creates keyboard shortcuts for each bookmark (CMD + [NUMBER]) so you can always quickly access your bookmarked locations.

Refer to our online help “Bookmarks” section for a more in-depth guide or just go and explore the new “Bookmarks” menu in the app. It’s not that complicated to get up and running – but it’s a huge boost to productivity.

We also adjusted the Touchpad sensitivity a little when it comes to performing scroll speed changes. Now you have finer control over scroll speed when using your Macbook’s built-in Touchpad. If you’d like to have back the old sensitivity you can always adjust this setting in the “General” preferences under “Scroll Wheel Sensitivity”.

Another change that’s new in this version is that the editor won’t be scrolling automatically when you engage teleprompting mode. This change has been made necessary to by macOS Catalina’s new Text View which is more CPU hungry than previous iterations and could cause stuttering on even the newest and most powerful Macs. We hope Apple will fix the issue – but until then editor autoscrolling is disabled by default. But can be re-enabled via the “View -> Scroll editor during teleprompting” menu item.

The update is available now via either the app’s auto-update feature or via the Mac App Store. The complete changelog can be found here.


Power Prompter is a modern teleprompter application for the Mac. Specially designed for small teams and solo content creators.

Power Prompter and macOS Catalina

After some testing with the officially available builds of macOS Catalina we’re happy to announce that Power Prompter works flawlessly with Catalina.

So if you were wondering if it’s OK to update your teleprompter machine to the newest macOS version: Go ahead.

Using the Elgato Stream Deck with Power Prompter

The Stream Deck from Elgato is becoming more and more popular with video producers. Even if you’re not a streamer the Stream Deck still is a handy tool to have. (One of our programmers uses it to control Xcode … so yeah – the use cases are many).

You can of course use the Stream Deck to control Power Prompter. The setup is very straight forward and we’re going to guide you through it in this blog post.

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Great Teleprompter Training Videos

Recently we stumbled onto a great training series about working with teleprompters.

The good people over at telepromptermirror.com did a really outstanding job.

Watch their video series here: https://telepromptermirror.com/training/

PS: They seem to be very competent and generally good people as Power Prompter is on their recommended software list 🙂

Using the AirTurn DIGIT III with Power Prompter

Recently we got asked how to set up and use the AirTurn DIGIT III with Power Prompter.

While the DIGIT III looks like a standard presentation clicker out of the box it doesn’t speak the widely used Power Point protocol. So some extra steps are required to get it to work with Power Prompter. Luckily the process isn’t very complicated and can be finished in a few minutes.

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iOS Remote 2019.5

We recently updated the iOS Power Prompter remote app to version 2019.5. This updated fixes an issue that would lead to a broken speed slider when used with Power Prompter 2019.5.

Please update both Power Prompter and the Remote app to the newest version to minimize any incompatibilities!


Power Prompter is a modern teleprompter application for the Mac. Specially designed for small teams and solo content creators.

Power Prompter 2019.5

We just released the 2019.5 update of Power Prompter. This is the 5th update this year (so the 5 has nothing to do with the month May – just a coincidence).

This update adds some smaller features. Namely:

  • Min and max scroll speed settings that let you set the lower and upper bounds of allowable scroll speeds.
  • Scroll speed units. Finally you don’t have to guess anymore. Power Prompter now displays speed in Lines/Sec, Lines/Min, Words/Sec or Words/Min. You can change the unit in the General preference pane or by clicking the “Scroll Speed” label in the Script Inspector.
  • Words Per Line now has a number attached to it. This number is the average number of words per line in the script. Now you can adjust the words per line setting to a concrete number and be sure the script will be rendered in a way that you (or your talent) find preferable.
  • Holding down the w or s key in the teleprompter window will now adjust the scroll speed. No need to repeatedly press and release those keys.
  • We also fixed an embarrassing typo. (Which was very obvious – which makes it extra embarrassing).

The update is available now from our website. Mac App Store customers will have to wait 2 or 3 days till the app is through Apple’s review


Power Prompter is a modern teleprompter application for the Mac. Specially designed for small teams and solo content creators.

Updates to our Money Back Guarantee

We recently updated our Money Back Guarantee. It’s now valid for 90 days instead of “just” 60 days. This means that you can return any purchase you made on our website within 90 days. No questions asked!

Please note that this only applies to software you buy directly from us. If you buy from Apple’s App Store then we can’t extend that guarantee to you and Apple’s returns and refunds policy (depends on your location – usually 14 days) applies.

This guarantee has been automatically extended for all recent purchases. So if you bought 61 days ago and want to return your software you can do so now for another 29 days.

PS: You might wonder why we’re doing this. Are we crazy and hate money? No, we want happy customers (no sense in keeping your money if you hate our product) and our refund rate for the past years is below 0.1% so we don’t think we’re going to go bankrupt any time soon 😉

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