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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
I work with plenty of powerpoint charts in my work with windows users...but when I need a great statistics chart, I turn to Keynote. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003 by gsmart
Despite its youth and inexperience, Keynote represents everything that's right about computing in the Mac universe, and easily explains why I use a Mac. Read morePublished on March 15 2003 by W. Palmer
After being a slave to both Mc and PC versions of PPT, Keynote came along and threw off the bonds. As I own my own business and can use what I want, Keynote will replace PPT... Read morePublished on March 8 2003
This is [poor]! I purchased this software for the sole purpose of exporting my presentations from Mac to PC (PowerPoint). It looses all effects of transitions between slides. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2003