12. January 2012

Fix for Wireless Presenters and Flash-based Full-screen Prezi

Your wireless presenter is not working for prezi.com in full-screen mode? Here is how you might be able to fix the issue on X-based Linux desktops by temporarily remapping the “Page Up” and “Page Down” buttons of your keyboard.

Adobe flash-player in versions 10 and above does not allow keyboard input in online full-screen mode except for certain keycodes (see http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/405/kb405548.html for an explanation). When using, for example, the Logitech Wireless Presenter R400 one might encounter that it does not work with a prezi.com presentation in full-screen mode.

The solution on X-based Linux desktops is to use the tool xmodmap to remap the keycodes that correspond to your “Page Up” and “Page Down” buttons to actions “Left” and “Right”. The following script can be launched in a terminal while running the presentation in full-screen mode:

#!/usr/bin/env bash

echo "Entering presentation mode..."
echo "Modifying xmodmap ..."
xmodmap -e "keycode 112 = Left" -e "keycode 117 = Right"

function reset() {
    echo "Resetting xmodmap ..."
    xmodmap -e "keycode 112 = Prior" -e "keycode 117 = Next"


while :
    sleep 60

You might need to find out which keycodes belong to your “Page Up” and “Page Down” buttons on the keyboard by starting tool xev and adapt the script to your system.