Keynote software -
for all of us
For those who didn't know, Keynote software is the Apple's version of presentation software, like Powerpoint for MS.
Before having my own Mac, I've worked in Powerpoint. I will not say that it's better or worse than Keynote, I will say only that since I have this Mac, I love working for presentations.
The Keynote software provides you a lot of tools and I found myself making great things that I didn't imagine I can create. The first condition for running this program is to have a Mac.
Once you are in you will be asked to choose a theme for your presentation:
white, black, gradient, headlines and another 32 themes much more compelling than what I've seen before.
You choose one and a "Title& Subtitle" page will open by default.
If you want to change it you click "Masters" on the top of the page and change it with one of the 14 different types that you have there.
Also there you have another 2 important buttons. One is for changing the theme and the other one, called "View", is for choosing the way you want to see the page: the slides on the left side, only the slide that you are editing or the panoramic view provided by "Light Table".
It's good to choose the "Navigator", this way on the left side you will see all the slides and on the right side the workspace for editing. Having all the time the slides in front of you, it will help you a lot for making the story flow. You are able to change the order of the slides by dragging and dropping from a place to another.
Right clicking on the slides bar will allow you to select all the slides, to add a new slide after the one you just clicked, skip this slide, and of course cut, copy, paste, delete or duplicate it.
Right clicking on the workspace will make you able to align or distribute objects, zoom in/ out, paste something and in the same time match it to the style from the current slide, or play the slideshow.
If you don't want to use one of the Keynote software's master slides, you can create one from scratch, starting with a blank one. If you modify master slides in a theme and you want to use these modifications again in other slideshows, you can save the modified theme as a custom theme. After you save your custom theme, it appears in the Theme Chooser. When you select your custom theme, it comes with all the master slides you defined.
There are some things that make this program different than an ordinary free presentation software and one of them is the Keynote help.
From the menu, you click Help -> Keynote Help and a small window will open.
In the up right corner is a space where you can ask a question.
Another thing that I love at the Keynote software is the interface: so easy to understand the role of any button, not cluttered.
All the important commands are on the top of the page: buttons for selecting the theme, for inserting text boxes, chart, tables, shapes and smart builds, buttons for arranging objects and the "Inspector" button that you will always work with.
You will find out that most elements of your slideshow can be formatted using the Keynote inspectors. Each inspector focuses on a different aspect of formatting. For example, the Build Inspector contains settings for the entire slideshow.
Opening multiple Inspector windows can make it easier to work on your document. For example, if you open both the Text Inspector and the Graphic Inspector, you’ll have access to all the text- and image-formatting options. After the Inspector window is open, you click one of the buttons at the top to display a different inspector.
You will realize that this is one of the most important things that Keynote software provides you, because you will finish immediately creating a slide, while someone working in another program will finish much later than you. With Keynote software '08 you can turn objects, images and text into hyperlinks. This way you will be able to navigate your presentation like a website. For creating a hyperlink, you should open the Hyperlink Inspector and select the text you want to use. Once you've done that you can choose from the list the action that you want your link to have.
When the presentation is done you can record a slideshow, or add it as a movie to an existing iDVD project, or turn it into an iPhoto album, with each slide a separate image file, or even turn it into a movie you can play in iTunes. If you have an iPod, you can use iTunes to transfer the movie to it.You can also export the slides as image files in JPEG, PNG, or TIFF format.
The Keynote presentations are different than others not only from the audience's point of view, but also from the presenter's point of view.