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Keynote Presentation Countdown Timer

If you’ve ever been involved in running an event you may well have come across the issue of finding a reliable countdown timer — the speaker’s aid to see how long they have left in their allocated slot.

Keynote Countdown Timer

Back in 2017, I was involved in producing a series of events called A Day with Shopify, which later turned into Pursuit. We’d struggled to find the perfect countdown timer and so I decided to undertake some research into the various options on the market.

I consulted my good friend Marc and received a couple of app recommendations and eventually settled on using Presentime. It’s a great app and well worth the small fee. The ability to view the remaining time from a secondary device as well as reset the timer remotely without wi-fi are both great features. The only downsides are that you need an iPad, preferably a big one, to make use of it and occasionally the connection dropped causing a few stressful moments.

It got me thinking — surely it would be pretty straightforward to make use of Keynote and create a countdown timer that would be displayed on a laptop or piped to a comfort monitor (nice and big) on the stage.

A couple of hours later I ended up with a deck that:

It’s not revolutionary but might be useful to anyone out there running an event. It’s on GitHub — feel free to download a copy for your own use.

This article was published by Keir Whitaker on May 10, 2019. You can view the articles archives and subscribe to the RSS Feed for updates. Discuss this article with me by email.