Presenting Your LayOut Document

If, like most people, you feel jittery about giving a presentation and public speaking in general, hopefully, LayOut’s simple-to-use, interactive presentation features can help to put you at ease.

To access LayOut’s presentation features, select View > Start Presentation or click the Start Presentation tool () on the default toolbar. Your document becomes full screen, and you have access to the following presentation features:

  • Navigate among the pages in your presentation. You can use the arrow keys or your mouse to navigate among the pages. See the following table for details.
  • Draw annotations. When you’re in presentation mode, the Freehand tool () is active so that you can call attention to key features as you present your project by drawing right on the presentation page.
  • Change the view of inserted SketchUp model entities. You can orbit, pan, zoom, and use other Camera tools just as you can in the LayOut drawing area. See Editing a SketchUp Model’s View and Style Settings in LayOut for details.
  • Play animations. If your SketchUp model entity contains an animation, you can play it within your LayOut presentation. Double-click the SketchUp model entity, context-click the model, and select View Animation from the menu that appears. See Working with SketchUp Models in LayOut for details about viewing scenes in LayOut. See Animating Sections and Scenes in the SketchUp area of the Knowledge Center for details about animations in SketchUp models.

Tip: If your LayOut document contains a page that you don't want to display in your presentation, you can hide the page on the Pages panel. For details, see Managing and Navigating pages
To Go Here Keyboard Three-Button Mouse One-Button or Mac Magic Mouse
Next page Right arrow Click Click
Previous page Left arrow Right-click n/a
First page Up arrow n/a n/a
Last page Down arrow n/a n/a

To leave presentation mode, press the Esc key. If you made annotations, LayOut asks whether you’d like to save them. If you click Yes to save your annotations, LayOut saves them on a new layer, named with the date and time of your presentation. (For an introduction to LayOut’s layers feature, see Using Layers.)

Tip: If you’re giving your presentation on a system that uses multiple monitors, you may want to adjust your Presentation preferences to indicate what monitor you’d like to use. By default, LayOut displays the presentation on the monitor that contains the majority of your document window.

To change your Presentation preferences, follow these steps:

  1. Select Edit > Preferences (Microsoft Windows) or LayOut > Preferences (Mac OS X).
  2. In the LayOut Preferences dialog box that appears, select Presentation in the sidebar on the left.
  3. From the available options, select one of the following:
    • Same Monitor As Window: Your presentation appears in the same monitor that contains most of the LayOut document window. This option is the default setting.
    • Primary Monitor: If your system uses multiple monitors, selecting this option tells LayOut to display the presentation on the monitor that’s designated the primary monitor. Check your system’s display settings if you’re not sure which monitor is the primary monitor.
    • Secondary Monitor: This setting tells LayOut to open presentation mode on your secondary monitor. On Microsoft Windows, this monitor may be labeled your number 2 monitor in the display settings. On Mac OS X, the secondary monitor is the display without the menu bar across the top.
  4. When you’re done, click Close.
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