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How to Get Flash to Work on an iPhone

I love my iPhone, except when I try to view an Adobe Flash-enabled video.

And since Adobe Flash powers a high percentage of online videos (it’s used on 70% of high-traffic Web sites), Apple’s reluctance to allow Flash on iPhones is quite frustrating.

I recently discovered a cool app as a workaround, and ironically, the tipster was an Apple store employee.

The app is called Logmein Ignition. It allows you to view Flash video by providing remote access to your desktop or laptop computer. And since Flash works on iMacs (and of course PCs), you can use Logmein to view a Flash-powered video on a computer through your iPhone or iPad.

Some of the cool features include ability to zoom in and out of your remote computer from a simple pinch of your iPhone screen; a one-finger pan works like moving a mouse; a double tap allows you to drag items.

The Logmein app could also be a very handy tool (beyond viewing Flash video), if you forget to bring a key stat or piece of data to a presentation, and need to retrieve it miles away from your desktop computer.

[Disclosure: I work for the Omniture business unit of Adobe, which Adobe acquired in 2009. I’ve been a fan of Apple products since the 1990s, but I’ve never shaved an Apple symbol on my head.]

If you’ve discovered other similar apps or other workarounds to view Adobe Flash video on your iPhone, feel free to post it here in the Comment section.

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Top 5 iPhone Apps for Presenters

Top 5 iPhone Apps for Presenters

May 25, 2009

Tons of programs are being designed for the iPhone every day, and quite a few are making life easier for public speakers. In fact, the Top 10 most downloaded Business Apps (today, anyway, since this list may change tomorrow) includes four voice-recording programs.

Here are five iPhone apps you’ll probably find useful before your next public presentation:

Speakeasy Voice Recorder allows you to record and playback verbal notes and reminders from your iPhone’s built-in microphone. If you get a burst of inspiration for a future speech at an inconvenient time to write the speech, speak reminders into your phone.

This app sounds like the perfect program for anyone like Michael Keaton’s character in the 1982 comedy “Night Shift.” Keaton played a self-described “idea man,” who carried around a tape recorder so he could record his crackpot ideas, such as feeding mayonnaise to tuna-fish, or creating edible paper to eliminate garbage.

QuickVoice Recorder is another popular voice recorder for the iPhone, which includes a voice-to-text email feature.

Evernote allows you to capture information in a variety of environments using multiple devices or platforms (Mac, PC, etc.), and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from almost anywhere.

This program allows you to capture To-Do lists, notes and research, Web pages, twitter messages or snap photos of business cards/whiteboards/wine labels and more.

Remote Desktop, by MochaSoft, enables you to have secure access to your work computer through wifi or the phones network (EDGE). Using your iPhone, you can connect to your Windows work computer and see the files, programs, and resources exactly as you would if you were sitting at your desk… but of course, squinting on a far smaller screen.

Speech Timer: This program is designed with the Toastmaster Timer (or any longwinded public speaker) in mind. This timer app will make your iPhone vibrate or sound when the flag changes colors.

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