For those unaware, a teleprompter refers to the device used to give presenters visual access to the text they need to speak. While Media/News publications largely use such tools, numerous content creators developing videos can find teleprompter apps on Mac helpful as they provide almost the same utility as an actual teleprompter.
Since Apple devices don’t have an in-built teleprompter, here is my curated list of the best apps for Mac. Let’s get started!
- Promt+ Teleprompter
- Visual Teleprompter lite
- PowerPrompter Express
- Teleprompter Premium +
- PromtSmart Pro Teleprompter
- Teleprompter – Floating Notes
- Teleprompter Software
1. Promt+ Teleprompter: Editor’s choice
PromtPlus Teleprompter is the best teleprompter app on this list as it provides the Voice Recognition feature. The text scrolls automatically as it recognizes what is being read. And it works flawlessly. While other apps provide this feature, this app performed the best in our testing.
The app also allows you to import your scripts from Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, or OneDrive in .txt, .rtf, .pdf, and Google Doc formats. The app will also display a clock and allow you to set a timer, which is extremely useful for time-bound content.
Above that, it’s free. Yes, this app is free! However, the caveat is that a script can have only 750 words. If you want to go beyond this limitation, you’ll have to pay a one-time fee of $10.00. Totally worth it, in my opinion, if you regularly use a teleprompter tool. Besides, it performs well for meetings, etc., too.
- Voice recognition
- One-tap switch to the dark and light mode
- Free to use
- No transparency features
Price: Free (Pro upgrade: One-time payment of $10.00)
2. Virtual Teleprompter lite: Best free teleprompter for Mac
Visual Teleprompter lite is a basic teleprompter app. If you need to use teleprompters occasionally for presenting during lectures or meetings, this is the best app. It turns transparent when you click start and displays a timer and auto scrolls.
Further, you can adjust the scrolling speed by using the arrow keys or even manually scrolling through text.
You can set the font size and have three font color options: black, white, and green. A significant feature of this app is that it has support for RTL languages such as Arabic & Hebrew.
It has a 1,000-word limit and supports only one script as it is the app’s free version. The app’s Pro version will set you back by $3.99 and is a one-time purchase. I’ll provide you with links to both; get the one that best suits your needs.
- Transparency feature
- Support for RTL languages
- Adjust fonts color & size
- 1,000-word limit
- Limited to one script for free version;
Price: Free (Pro upgrade: One-time payment of $3.99)
Note: There is a paid version called Visual Teleprompter Pro if you want full access to the app.
3. PowerPrompter Express: Most professional teleprompter
PowerPrompter Express is not only the most professional teleprompter for Mac but also provides users with a good deal of applications. There are numerous settings under Script, Overlay, and Displays. It is beginner-friendly, and professionals who are used to teleprompter tools will feel at home.
The app is optimized for both Intel and M1 macs and is not a Windows port. If you need to confine a script under a certain time range, you can set the timer, and the text will scroll accordingly.
You can also open multiple teleprompter windows at the same time. And the option to turn a window transparent is available here. This is the free version, and the only drawback is that it can prompt text for five minutes only. You’ll have to buy the paid version to unlock the time cap.
- Numerous features
- Optimized for Intel and M1 Macs
- Free version has all the features
- 5-min cap
- Premium version is expensive
Note: To unlock all features, you’ll have to buy Power Prompter costing $49.99.
Teleprompter Premium + layout displays most of the necessary features intuitively on the main window. You can store multiple scripts. It also displays a timer that predicts and displays the time left by referring to the scrolling speed. Smart, right?
If that is not enough, you can also control them remotely. And it’s not just through one mode; you can use multiple devices to control this app like a keyboard, presentation remote, media remote, gaming controllers, foot pedals, Wi-Fi/LAN through browsers and other iOS devices too. That’s an exhausting list, but there are multiple possibilities.
Once you’ve upgraded to the premium, you can use this app on multiple devices. It records video while prompting text on the iPhone. A great tool for vloggers who can use the camera alongside this app on the iPhone.
- Control remotely with multiple devices
- Predicts time
- Record video
- Most features are unlocked with a premium subscription
Price: Free (In-app purchases start at $7.99)
5. PromtSmart Pro Teleprompter: Record video and audio
PromtSmart Pro Teleprompter is another app with the voice tracking feature, but we already have an application for that. So, why did we choose this app? Because with this app, you can record the audio and video while reading text from the teleprompter display. Users can set the quality in which the camera captures video.
You also get in-app camera controls like tap-to-focus, auto-exposure lock, and auto-focus lock. If you are on a budget and need to record videos through your MacBook, this will be a resourceful application.
The app can teleprompt continuously for 30mins with a 5,000-word upper limit. Please use an external mic for the voice tracking feature to work flawlessly. It also has more features than other apps on the list.
- Voice tracking
- Video and Audio recording
- Camera controls
- Slow software updates
Price: Paid $19.99
6. Teleprompter – Floating Notes: Floating windows and customizability
Teleprompter: Floating Notes is among those apps providing all the basic tools you are looking for and helping add more personality to the interface. You can change the font and the background color and be spoilt for choice.
The user interface is minimal, and all the settings available are right there on the app’s home screen. You can have multiple scripts. Now, you have the option to add a floating window, but it will only display one window.
You can download the app for free, and if you feel the need, you can upgrade to the Pro version, offering more features.
- Floating window
- Limited features
Bonus – Teleprompter Software: Free tool
If you’re running short of space or want a teleprompter to work out of any web browser, Teleprompter Software is the best tool for you. It does the basics right.
You can upload your script to the website or even type it there. Once done, you can save your script, set the scrolling speed font size, and event shrink margins for more convenience. This helps as if your eyes aren’t moving from one side to another; not many people will tell you are reading text from your screen.
This list of the best teleprompter apps for Mac will suffice for most users and their use case scenario. However, if they do not meet your needs, let us know in the comments. We will help you out.
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I posted this comment yesterday but I don’t see it here so I’m posting again.
I had been using Transparent Teleprompter app, but there is now a bug in the program that makes it malfunction. The developer said he may not be able to fix for a while and I need a program like this soon.
Now I am searching for a teleprompter for Mac that has these features:
1. Can be made transparent so I can use it during a Zoom presentation and be looking at someone’s face while I am also referring to the teleprompter.
2. Has adjustable scrolling speed capability
3. Can be run by a foot pedal (connected via USB) to adjust scrolling speed.
4. I need to switch scripts during my presentation, so program needs to be able to save multiple scripts.
None of the product you reviewed seem to have all four functions. Do you know of any other teleprompter programs for Mac that do?
The first and the second tool in the list will meet your first two requirements. The Teleprompter Premium + serves the functionality of being controlled remotely. I haven’t come across an app that will be able to meet all your requirements. However, you can try these apps as some might have all the features you are looking for.