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The Circle is Now Complete – Announcing Teleprompt+ for Mac!

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We’ve strived for over a year to make Teleprompt+ the best teleprompter on the iOS platform. Thanks to you, our users, we’ve been able to add many of the features and enhancements you’ve requested to make the app a leader in its category. Yet we admit there has always been something missing – a companion desktop app. Well as of today we are happy to announce that is no longer the case – introducing Teleprompt+ for Mac 1.0!

One request we’ve heard from many of you is the desire to be able to control the iPad or iPhone version of Teleprompt+ from a desktop computer. When we started investigating this possibility, we thought we might develop a simple remote control utility for the Mac, similar to Teleprompt+ Remote on the iPhone. Investigating this possibility led us to check out some of the Mac-based teleprompter apps on the market. Much to our surprise, we weren’t very impressed with what we saw – most of what’s available on the Mac is either severely limited in capability or severely overpriced. Once Apple announced the Mac App Store, putting in place the same distribution and support channels as those available for iOS, it became a bit of a “no-brainer” to us. We should do a full version of our teleprompter for the Mac.

Teleprompt+ for Mac isn’t a straight port of the iOS app, however. The Mac version is a complete rewrite of the app for a desktop interface and is designed to take advantage of the full capabilities of Mac OS X. Teleprompt+ for Mac supports the latest and greatest features of the Mac, including Mac OS X Lion’s full-screen mode – a feature found in many of Apple’s own apps. Teleprompt+ also supports external video output – perfect for pro prompting setups where the talent reads from the secondary screen while the operator controls prompting on the Mac. Teleprompt+ for Mac also fully supports remote control over WiFi with an iPad or iPhone. Remotely control your iPad or iPhone with the Mac version, or do the opposite – use the iOS device as a remote for the Mac. You can even setup a Mac-to-Mac connection and control a second Mac while prompting. Pair an iOS remote with the Mac version with an external screen and have multi-monitor output. The possible setups are now abundant.

Despite being a fully native Mac app, users of the iOS versions will be pleased to find most of the familiar features that are available in the iOS version. We designed the Mac version with a keen eye on maintaining consistency in the layout and flow with the iOS versions, while still ensuring a smooth desktop experience. All of the core features – the script list, editor, settings, cue points, and prompting interface should be very familiar to our iOS users – in fact we believe you won’t even need to consult the manual (though we have it available just in case). If you are a new user or would like to get a preview of what the Mac version has to offer, I would suggest you take a look at our product page as well.

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We’ve worked tirelessly on Teleprompt+ for Mac, and we believe it is on par with or better than most other options on the Mac platform today at a fraction of the cost.

Some of you with a keen eye will notice that some of the iOS features are not yet implemented in the Mac version, but fear not – version 1.1 is already in the final stages of development (adding Google Docs and Dropbox support), and the remaining advanced features of the iOS versions will be coming to the Mac this Fall.

Teleprompt+ for Mac 1.0 is available today on the Mac App Store for the introductory price of $19.99 (USD). It requires a minimum OS version of Mac OS X Snow Leopard and is fully Lion compatible. Buy Teleprompt+ for Mac now at the introductory price and you will get all of the advanced feature upgrades for free when they are released.

4 Comments

  1. Posted September 13, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Hello there… I’ve just bought the app for my iPad and MacBook Pro… It’s great!

    However… it doesn’t seem possible for them to communicate via Bluetooth… only WiFi? Is this right? If it is, it seems like an oversight as it would be great to be able to use the system without having to be connected to the internet. I hope this will be possible in the next update.

    Thanks!

  2. Joshsliffe
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    When do we get to control teleprompt on an iPad remotely with another iPad? Remote sucks on the iPhone cause it isn’t an exact replica of what is on the presenting iPad.

  3. Posted January 29, 2012 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Bought the app for Mac and it is crashing unpredictably running on a MacBookPro with plenty of resources. We were not able to use it on a recent video shoot because it’s unstable. Are other users reporting the same, and when will bug fixes be coming? Like the product on the iPad, but so far on a Mac, it’s unusable.

  4. Posted January 30, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Hi Don,
    We have not had other reports of the app crashing. Could you give us some more details on what exactly is happening? This will greatly help us find the problem and get it fixed more quickly. If someone reports a major bug we try to jump on it as soon as possible but we need more information about your experience. Such as what you do that causes the crash. If we can reproduce it then it is very easy to address and fix. Also could you also let us know if you are running Snow Leopard or Lion? Again any information you can provide will help us. Feel free to email us at support – at – bombingbrain.com and we can track your issue much better.

    Thanks,
    Tim