If you’ve Googled any question about ProPresenter, it’s likely that one of my tutorial videos has come up in the search. I started making tutorials for churches in February of 2011, but it wasn’t until June of the next year that people started noticing. That’s when I went from teaching about video production, in general, to how to use ProPresenter in specific.
Since then, I’ve done over 200 tutorials (216 at last count) on ProPresenter and am always looking for ways to help you get more out of this incredible program. That’s why I’ve decided to create this keyboard skin.
Why crowd funding?
I need your help for this to work. I’m sure that you know people who would be interested in a keyboard skin that I don’t know. So, first and foremost, share this campaign with them.
Secondly, for this to work, I need to get together an order that is larger than anything I’ve ever put together before. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, but just that I need your help to make it a reality.
The design is done and the shortcuts have been tested in ProPresenter 6.
I’ve been talking with a contact at the factory and have a quote to make them.
Because of the economics of scale, I can’t just order one for me. I need to order 1000-2000. That’s where you come in.
If you join me in this, you’ll be making it possible for me to get a keyboard skin to not only you, but other churches who haven’t yet heard about this product.
Once they’re printed and delivered, I’ll mail yours out to your church or organization.
You’ll be able to save time each week and start to memorize the keyboard short cuts you use most often.
You might be able to cut off enough prep time that those last moments of a push to get your presentations done in time, become a thing of the past.
Risks & Challenges
This isn’t without risk, though. I’m not making each of these skins by hand, in my office. This requires the help of a factory. This is something new, though. I’ve never made a keyboard skin before. I’ve never contracted with a factory to take an idea and make it a reality. Sure, I’ve self-published books I’ve had printed. I’ve designed t-shirts which could be printed in small batches. This requires a larger order, though.
There’s a couple of reasons why these are just challenges to be overcome, not roadblocks.
I have a community of subscribers on YouTube that I can tap into to help this become a success.
I have a group on Facebook devoted to ProPresenter who said, one after another, “Yes, that’s a great idea,” or “I’d buy a couple” or “Shut up and take my money.”
You’re here and I believe you will push this over the top.
I have seen enough support for this that I’ll refuse to quit until it’s a success.
“How can I help if I use a different keyboard or am on Windows?”
If this isn’t exactly right for you, here are some ways you can help anyway:
- Pray. I believe it changes things and can help difficult things become a reality.
- Share this campaign with others. Just because it’s not right for you, that doesn’t mean it’s not right for them.
- Check back often. If we reach the goal for the first skin, we can make others.
- Give me feedback. If you catch a typo or see a mistake, let me know.
- Keep in mind that if this campaign gets fully funded, I’ll make other skins and maybe even a dedicated keyboard (probably starting with Windows, since there’s no single PC manufacturer).
Whichever is more popular first:
- Apple Magic Keyboard with numeric keyboard skin
- Windows keyboard or keyboard skin
Thanks for your time; together we can do this and help churches who use ProPresenter to use it better and, more importantly, reach more people.