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- Platform: Macintosh, Mac OS X
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Create compelling presentations that get noticed with this amazing graphics tool!
Installing Keynote requires Mac OSX 10.2 (Jaguar) with 256 RAM and a G3 or G4. The installation process is as smooth as you would expect from Apple. However, you should be warned of the following: first, installing requires having administrator permissions; second, if you are not accustomed with Mac OSX, you need to double click on the keynote.pkg to begin the installation. Perhaps Apple could make that more obvious for first time or less experienced Mac OSX users. The whole installation process takes about four minutes.
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 ChhibberSee all Product Description
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Under the Keynote Hood
You can choose transition, style, direction and speed when you use KeynoteÕs 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.
AppleÕs Keynote allows you to include sound for your presentation. AppleÕs KeynoteÕs sound formats you can use are MOV, Flash, MP3 and AIFF. Also, you can add files from iTunesÕ music library to your Keynote slide presentation. In addition, you can add a Quicktime movie to your slides.
Keynote has crisp, fresh graphics. KeynoteÕs ÔDrag and DropÕ and exporting to AppleÕs Quicklime both work well. You can import Microsoft PowerPoint or AppleWorksÕ presentations and create a custom theme base on those slides.
You can store your images in KeynoteÕs Image Library. KeynoteÕs Cube and Mosaic Large transitions are outstanding for updating your MicrosoftÕs PowerPoint. You receive a KeynoteÕs 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 ›
You can't export to HTML but you can export to Quicktime, PDF, and Powerpoint. When you do export to Powerpoint you can not have all the bells and whistles that you may have loaded your presentation with. Keynote has different transitions and fonts than Powerpoint so those get lost when you export. My first trial presentation I loaded it with all the effects possible (transitions, shadows, animations, etc.) and exported to all the possible formats. It was very easy to do but none of the other formats looked as good as the original Keynote presentation. The Powerpoint presentation did come close but the graphics compared to Keynote just did not stand up. I did have to make some adjustments in Keynote to make the Powerpoint version better (took out the shadows). When you make a movie you decide just how big you want it to be for the purpose of sending it via e-mail or posting it on the Internet. It was also incredibly easy making a PDF file.
Where it does come strong is in graphics. The slides look beautiful and so does the text and the pie charts and graphs. The transitions are a lot of fun and mostly because they are new and haven't really been seen before. The program is very intuitive and easy to use. I look forward to the additional features that will surely come down the road.
Plus, it's easy to pick up. My learning curve _might_ have been five minutes. (Though, to be fair, I've reviewed hundreds of software applications for computer magazines, and I'm a fast learner. So give yourself ten minutes, instead, before you pick up the adequate but not-overwhelming printed manual.)
Keynote is a good example of technology helping rather than getting in the way. Except you'll probably spend more than a couple of minutes playing with the really impressive set of slide transitions. I never need such things, but I had fun with them anyway.
But don't expect perfection. Keynote is a great version 1.0, but it's definitely 1.0. So far, I've found two glaring omissions: it doesn't export presentations to HTML (PDF, Quicktime and PowerPoint yes... HTML no). And there's no way to create a follow-me arrow, as in Visio. Creating a process chart, with this-leads-to-that, or an organization chart, can be an exercise in frustration.
I'm sure that later versions will address these limitations, however. Overall, I'm very pleased with the software.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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