Teleprompters aren’t a new form of technology. News anchors and politicians have been using them since they were first invited in the late 1940s. Teleprompters were originally super low-tech and consisted of scrolls of paper.
Thankfully, as technology advanced, so did teleprompters. You don’t even need to buy a special device to give a speech that appears to be spontaneous but accurate.
You can have your speech scrolling in front of you on your MacBook, iPad, or iPhone with the option of controlling it with your Apple watch.
However, not all teleprompters apps are the same, and some are better than others. Here’s a list of the best paid and free teleprompter apps available for all of your Mac products:
Though many of the paid apps also offer free trials and free versions, this list is based on overall app ratings with access to all of the paid features.
PromptSmart Pro – Teleprompter
PromptSmart Pro – Teleprompter is currently the most downloaded teleprompter app in the Apple app store with over 6 thousand customer reviews, and it proudly maintains a 4.6-star rating in the app store.
It prides itself in being the only teleprompter with speech recognition abilities that allow the speaker to control the speed of the scrolling text simply by reading the words at a faster or slower speed.
It is worth mentioning that this feature is only available in English at this time.
The pro version will cost you $19.99 USD, but if you are giving speeches regularly, it is worth the investment.
Teleprompter Premium has over 4 thousand customer reviews and has a 4.7-star rating in the app store. This app is great for vloggers and YouTubers who need to read their scripts while also recording using the same device.
With teleprompter premium, you can import various types of documents like PDF, Word, and Dropbox files, then use Bluetooth-capable presentation controllers or even wireless gaming controllers to control the teleprompter app while the video is recording.
Full access to all Teleprompter Premium features will cost you between $16.99 and $19.99 USD but may prove to be any Youtuber’s new best friend.
Teleprompter Pro for Teleprompter°
Teleprompter Pro is the upgraded version of the free app Teleprompter°, and it has 3.8 thousand reviews and a 4.6-star rating in the app store.
This app allows you to create and edit speeches within the app, or you can import text, Word, and PDF files. Once you add your speech to the program, you have to option to change the speed for scrolling and the font size.
Teleprompter° does offer a free 3-day trial, but in order to retain full access to the app after the trial has ended, the developers offer a monthly subscription for $9.99 or $59.99 USD for an annual subscription.
Though some of these apps include in-app purchases, ratings were decided based on the available free features.
Teleprompter for Video
Teleprompter for Video was specifically designed with vloggers in mind.
Whether you are filming on location at one of your favorite restaurants or you are standing in front of a green screen, this app has everything you need to make the perfect vlog, and it’s free!
There are three in-app purchases that allow you to upload longer scripts and import images into your videos, but you don’t need these extra features for shorter vlogs.
While using the Teleprompter for Video app, you can add backgrounds to the video, record both in landscape and portrait without interfering with the teleprompter feature, and control the app with your Apple watch.
With almost 4 thousand reviews and a 4.9-star rating in the app store, this is one of the highest-rated teleprompter apps available for Mac products and, it’s FREE!
PromptSmart Lite Teleprompter
PromptSmart Lite Teleprompter is the free version of the previously mentioned PromptSmart Pro. If you aren’t quite ready to spend $19.99 USD on the pro version or you are only looking to use the app short-term, the lite version is worth trying.
Though the features are extremely limited, you can still import various files, edit the font size, and most importantly, you still have access to the coveted VoiceTrack technology that the pro version features.
However, you are not able to access other features like audio or video recording while speaking, mirroring, or the on-screen timer. Simply put, this is a lite version, and it is light on features, but it gets the job done.
Teleprompter is another free version of an available pro version.
When reading about the app, it appears that users can only access the app’s features during the free 3-day trial, but users can still retain access to many of the features after the trial ends.
With the free version of the app, users can create or import speech content, edit the speed and font size of the scrolling text, and record videos within the teleprompter app.
When you download recorded videos, they include a watermark in the bottom right corner of the video. Watermarks can only be removed by purchasing the pro version.
Other features available for free include a countdown before the video and scrolling begins, cue indicators, various background, and font colors, and the ability to control the app using different Bluetooth-enabled keyboards and remote controllers.
Speak with Confidence
With so many options available for your teleprompter needs, you can easily download the app of your choice, upload your speech, and be ready in a little time as a few minutes. Having your speech in front of you will allow you to keep your eyes up and a smile on your face as you speak with confidence.
Whether you are giving a speech for your student body election or you are standing in front of a ballroom full of shareholders as the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a teleprompter app on your Mac devices can help to ease the stress of public speaking.
Choosing the one that works best for your needs is up to you.
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