- Platform: Macintosh, Mac OS X
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
Keynote is targeted towards current Macintosh PowerPoint users, as well as users who would like to create presentations but do not want to buy the whole Microsoft Office application. Keynote makes it very easy to create a presentation. You begin creating a slide presentation by selecting one of 12 themes. A theme defines the presentation's design (colour, "look and feel"); users are also free to design their own customised themes and templates. After selecting a theme you then choose how you want the information displayed eg: having the title displayed at the top or the middle of the slide. As with "themes", Apple have provided multiple layout options; alternatively, users have the freedom to design and create their own templates (this is similar to PowerPoint's template functionality).
Apple has made it easy to edit images and text within a slide. Alignment guides and rulers help you to align and centre images and text on the slide canvas. You can also build tables and charts that can import data from Excel. Keynote's versatility is further highlighted by supporting the standard graphic file formats eg: JPEG, PDF, MOV, GIF, TIFF as well as accepting various multimedia file types such as FLASH, MP3 and MOV--you can even add a file from your iTunes music library to your Keynote slide.
Finally, if you are inclined to use Keynote but are worried that your existing PowerPoint files will become useless or that you will not be able send your keynote slides to Window users then worry no longer: Apple has made sure that Keynote can import and export PowerPoint files. --Parvesh Chhibber
Under the Keynote Hood
You can choose transition, style, direction and speed when you use Keynote’s Inspector. Creating object builds adds visual interest to your slide presentation. You can animate the elements on a single slide or in a group of slides.
One click and you alter the opacity of a graphic using the Slide Inspector. Click twice and you can set the playback parameters for a QuickTime movie. The Build window in the Inspector allows you to preview, add, and manipulate transitions within and between slides.
Apple’s Keynote allows you to include sound for your presentation. Apple’s Keynote’s sound formats you can use are MOV, Flash, MP3 and AIFF. Also, you can add files from iTunes’ music library to your Keynote slide presentation. In addition, you can add a Quicktime movie to your slides.
Keynote has crisp, fresh graphics. Keynote’s ‘Drag and Drop’ and exporting to Apple’s Quicklime both work well. You can import Microsoft PowerPoint or AppleWorks’ presentations and create a custom theme base on those slides.
You can store your images in Keynote’s Image Library. Keynote’s Cube and Mosaic Large transitions are outstanding for updating your Microsoft’s PowerPoint. You receive a Keynote’s User Guide manual. No missing manual here.
Keynote lacks prebuilt presentations. Also, Keynote has very little clip art to work with in presentations. Also, you have limited presentation themes to choose from in Keynote.Read more ›
The export to powerpoint works terrific. However, if you build a presentation in Keynote, you may just consider exporting it into Quicktime so that the viewer can simply run through the presentation in pristine quality and enjoy all of the terrific transitions.
I hope to see more office apps like this from Apple in the future.
The user interface for this program is fast and easy to learn. It even gives you several options of themes to use for those deadline crunches that we all run into from time to time. It includes the famous drag-and-drop functionality that we've come to expect.
Most importantly, you can save it out to PowerPoint for those less enlighted souls who still think that a Windows machine will help them keep up with the times.
My full thoughts on Keynote are too long to post here, but if you would like to read all about it, just follow this link (cut and paste it into your browser if it's not clickable):
Bill Palmer's Keynote Review