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I miss the old OmniDazzle product from The Omni Group that let us transform the mouse pointer in a variety of ways, some silly but some quite practical. Worked well for highlighting areas of the screen to focus the attention of the audience during a talk or presentation.

I'm looking to make the mouse pointer more obvious, or darken the screen while keeping one region bright, or drawing colored crayon/marker lines, and so on.

Accessibility features

I'm open to accessibility features in macOS that could work to focus the audience’s attention.

Keynote features

Mainly I use Apple Keynote for presentations. If Keynote has dynamic tools for focusing the audience’s attention, that would be helpful.

I also show other apps such as programmers’ IDEs during a talk, so using it outside of Kenote is ideal.

Other solutions

Are there other ways or other apps to accomplish this goal?

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    What kind of presentation? PowerPoint, Keynote? Just mirroring the screen? If you use Keynote with iOS you can use the 'laser' pointer or draw on the screen. All depends on what your requirements are. Cheers – bjbk Aug 19 '17 at 17:16
  • @bjbk See edits. Mainly Keynote, but also other apps. – Basil Bourque Aug 19 '17 at 18:46
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    @Solar Mike, What problem do you see with the edit Basil Bourque made? It addresses the comment made by bjbk and adds value to his question. This is in part what comment are for, and to that I say to Basil Bourque, +1 for improving the quality of the question being asked! – user3439894 Aug 19 '17 at 19:13
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    @SolarMike I edited the Question to be more specific, added details, while maintaining the essence of the issue. As user3439894 said, that is the point of comments on a Stack Exchange. If I am confused, please cite some documentation such as the Help section or Meta site to correct me. As for "adds an answer into his question", you're point escapes me. – Basil Bourque Aug 19 '17 at 19:35
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    @Solar Mike, There's absolutely nothing wrong with the edit he made to his question, nor did he answer his own question, nor has an answer been offered in the comments. I'm quite sure that if an appropriate answer gets posted, as an answer not a comment, it will get the proper attention. It's evident from his question history, he knows what he's doing. He has up voted and or marked as accepted the majority of answers posted to his questions. So I don't understand why you make a comment like "so it just seems that if I wished to add an answer it would just get incorporated and loose its value." – user3439894 Aug 19 '17 at 20:36
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Mouseposé

When turned on, it dims the screen and puts a spotlight on the area around the mouse pointer, easily guiding the audience‘s attention to an area of interest.

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Additionally, it has the mouse click visualization and typing visualization - both allowing your audience to see what you click and type.

They have a video on their site that shows the software in action.


Ink2Go

Ink2Go is an extremely simple and powerful screen annotation and recording software. Using Ink2Go you can easily write on top of any other application currently active on the desktop, even on a running video.

There is a 15 day free trail available at their website. They have both Windows and Mac versions. In addition, there is a number of YouTube videos showing the product in action

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This one may be a bit of overkill given all the features, but I have seen this at work in an education setting and it's excellent software.

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For Keynote presentations, by using an iOS device as a remote one can draw or use a ‘laser’ pointer on the slides. Although not as elegant as drawing focus to an element, it certainly grabs attention.

iOS Remote:

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Display with drawing to highlight:

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Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote

Apple says:

With Spotlight you can take a giant step beyond traditional laser pointing. This advanced system lets you precisely highlight or magnify areas of focus in pixel-perfect detail. It's clearly visible to both the audience in the room and everyone watching via video conference.

At the Apple Store

At Logitech.com

Logitech Spotlight Remote

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    Wow, this a clever idea… and, what a price. – Basil Bourque Aug 20 '17 at 19:12

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