After you've done your research, compared various teleprompters and invested in reliable hardware manufactured from high-quality materials, your next step is to choose software that has the features you need at a price you can afford.
The software for your teleprompter is what allows it to do what it's supposed to, so it's important to make sure you choose the right software to get the most from the hardware you've already invested in.
First, you'll want to make sure that it includes the features you'll need in your day to day work. That will vary from person to person, but here are some options to look for:
- Plain and rich text import and export
- Built in script editor
- Spell check
- Find and replace
- Font and background coloring
- Adjustable font size and alignment
- Adjustable margins
- Movable lens markers
- Smooth scrolling text and adjustable speed
- Jump to line feature
- Bookmark feature
- Remote control and jog wheel compatibility
Next, you'll want to make sure you're dealing with a reputable company that will still be a around in a year or two, and that has a history of providing support for their customers. Remember, even the best software in the world quickly loses its value if it's not being updated to run on current computers and operating systems, or if you can't get a hold of someone when it's not functioning properly.
Finally, you'll want to compare cost, but it should never be the single deciding factor, because like anything else, you get what you pay for. You can find free teleprompter software, but it doesn't come with any sort of support and usually has few features. On the other hand, you can just as easily find high-priced teleprompter software with great support and loaded with features. The best approach is to strike a balance between cost and value, because you'll get the best bang for your buck.
Ideally, you should have the option of trying out any software you're considering before you commit to buying it.