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The Prompter Window

The prompter window is where teleprompting takes place. This window uses a highly optimized layouting and rendering engine to provide smooth high quality scrolling while utilizing as little CPU as possible.

Usually teleprompter windows are used in full screen mode. But they can also act like normal app windows if you lack a dedicated prompting display.

💡️ Note that the toolbar is not visible in fullscreen mode unless you hover the mouse pointer over the top part of the window.

The prompter window

Prompter window elements

The toolbar

  • Controls Toggle (a): This control allows you to toggle visibiltiy of the on screen UI for each teleprompter window. You usually want to turn this off on the talent's display and leave it on for the controller.

  • Timestamp Toggle (b): With this control you can toggle the visibility of the timestamp label which is shown in the lower right conrner. This setting is independent from the Controls Toggle so you can turn it on for the talent while hiding all other UI elements.

  • Controls Opacity Slider (c): With this slider you can adjust the controls' opacity/transparency.

  • Horizontal + Vertical Flip Toggles (d): With the flip toggles you can control if the teleprompter script should be displayed flipped or normal. The flip toggles are essential when you're working with a professional mirroring system. If you're not using a mirroring system you don't need to care about text flipping.

  • Speed Lock (e): This allows you to lock the teleprompter window's speed control to prevent accidental scrolling speed changes. (This affects the on screen control and scroll wheel events, but doesn't affect keyboard shortcuts).

  • Text Alignment (f): With this control you can change the window's text alignment. This setting is individual for each teleprompter window.

  • Full Screen Toggle (g): If you want to enter or exit full screen you can use this toggle. (It mirrors OS X' green window button behavior so you can use both interchangeably).

The controls

  • Manual Scroll (1): This control allows you to manually scrol line by line through the script. When the teleprompter is running the control changes its function and allows for scroll direction changes. Its default keyboard shortcut is Up and Down.

  • Play/Pause (2): This control starts or stops a prompting session. Its default keyboard shortcut is Space.

  • Rewind (3): This control rewinds the script to position the beginning. Its default keyboard shortcut is Backspace.

  • Speed Slider (4): This control allows you to change scroll speed. You can either click in the control to directly set the speed or drag the handle with your mouse. The default keyboard shortcuts assigned to the speed slider are W and S.

  • Timestamp (5): This is the timestamp display. It shows the current position in the script. You can click on the timestamp to toggle between "current position" and "time remaining".

Controlling the prompter

Using the mouse/trackpad

Controlling Power Prompter with your mouse (or trackpad) is maybe the easiest and most natural way. Simply operate the teleprompter's UI elements with your mouse and adjust scroll speed with the mouse wheel. The scroll wheel (or scroll gesture on trackpads) has two functions. If your teleprompter is running it will change the scrolling speed. If the telepromtper is paused the scroll wheel is going to scroll through the script.

You can adjust the scroll wheel's sensitivity in the General preferences tab under Scroll Wheel Sensitivity.

💡️ If your Mac has a newer "Force Touch" trackpad we suggest you configure the feedback click to be as inaudible as possible. This can be done in the "Trackpad" system preferences.

Using the keyboard

Once you get a little used to Power Prompter it's maybe a good idea to learn some of the keyboard shortcuts to control your prompting session. Not only will it save time but usually a soft key press is less audible than a mouse or trackpad click.

Power Prompter comes with default keybaord shortcuts and an indepentend fully user-customizable shortcut set. The default keyboard shortcuts work only when a teleprompter window has keyboard focus, while the custom user shortcuts work in every whindow (including the editor).

The default key mapping is:

Key action action during playback
Space play pause
Backspace rewind rewind
Up scroll up 1 line reverse scroll direction
Down scroll down 1 line normal scroll direction
W increase scroll speed increase scroll speed
S decrease scroll speed decrease scroll speed

As noted above, these shortcuts will only work when the teleprompter window has keyboard focus. If you need shortcuts that work when the editor has keyboard focus (or when Power Prompter is in the background) you will have to assign custom shortcuts. This can be done in the Shortcuts prefences panel. See the "Preferences" chapter for more on this topic.

💡️ Hint: You can use a wireless/bluetooth keyboard to control Power Prompter from afar.

Using presentation clickers

You can use almost any presentation remote control with Power Prompter. Standard remotes which are compatible with Keynote and/or PowerPoint should work out of the box.

If your remote is nonstandard and uses different keycodes you can use the "Shortcuts" panel in Preferences to map the remote's buttons to Power Prompter functions.

💡️ Presentation clickers that conform to the Power Point/Keynote control scheme work only when the teleprompter window has input focus as they send key combinations the editor would mistake for normal text input.

Using USB controllers (and other devices)

Power Prompter supports most "USB Controllers" like the Griffin Powermate or the Contour ShuttleXPress. You can set up most of these devices via their control software. For example for the ShuttleXPress you first have to define which key codes the buttons send and then in Power Prompter you map those key codes to specific actions via the Shortcuts preferences panel.

You can also refer to our device specific guides:

💡️ If you wonder if a particular USB/BT device is going to work with Power Prompter or not: Look up if the device is compatible with macOS and if it can be configured to send key codes and scroll events. If the device has this capability it is most likely going to work with Power Prompter. If still in doubt just ask us.