Hints of Keynote 4?

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Okay, the geek in us decided to go ahead and map out everything we could find in Steve’s Keynote Address that we can’t currently do in Keynote (without making movies outside Keynote and placing them on slides).

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And here we go…

29 seconds
For a second or two, we actually get a great shot of Steve’s reference monitors, including smaller monitors underneath the large ones showing the next slide (Keynote for sure doesn’t support this kind of multi-monitor previewing, who knows if it ever will). This is the ONLY view we can remember ever seeing of Steve’s setup.
EDIT: Some of our readers have mentioned that they could be splitting the main signal off to drive the large monitor, and using the standard presenter screen feature with only the next slide displayed to drive the smaller screen.

59 seconds
The intel slide comes up with that cool angled reflection. This could be a new feature, or just the art department getting fancy.

6 min
Steve puts up a slide with a chart that grows up from the bottom. It’s possible to fake this now with a wipe build, but I don’t think
it’s the same thing (it’s not as you’ll see later).

7:29
We see a sort of drop flash build on the 50 million text.

8:03
We see a character twist build on the 1,300,000 movies. This is probably just a Character Flip build that’s already in Keynote, but it still looks cool.

8:29
Here’s where it starts to get really good…several movie covers fly on, float across and fly off. This is the same effect Steve used on some text in his last presentation.

8:51
The number 100 bursts away to reveal the number 250. This could be 2 builds playing off eachother, but that burst is not a build option in the current Keynote.

9:32
The “Market Share” chart builds itself by filling in the pie pieces, something Keynote can’t do. Our guess is that this is the same build as the earlier bar chart used, only it applies differently to a pie.

15:22
And here’s the first sign of what could be path animation in Keynote: the TV show art moves from behind the iMac to next to the Apple TV. While it’s possible to fake this now by masking the portion of the slide to the left of the iMac, these seem to come in from the SAME point on screen and spread to their final locations, something you cannot do now. In fact, the motion you see really does look like they’re following some kind of path as they move along and then bend up or down, changing direction mid stream.

28:34
And here’s another possible path animation…the compass icon moves from its first position to a new position on the slide.

28:48
Our best guess on this next one is that this is a premade animation from Apple, and not a special transition. The 3 icons spin together and a larger version of the phone icon appears last, then he continues to flip through these ending on a different one each time. Almost like the Grid slide transition, but in a cube, and applied as a build not a transition. It’s possible that this is some new build with plays off of another image on the slide.

33:16
Here the stylus explodes using the earlier seen burst build out.

34:47
And here’s another new text build out…the word “software” blows apart with the letters intact, flying off in different directions as they fade out. This is the point where we started to get excited about what could be coming in Keynote 4 🙂

35:43
Another directional burst build out using that same burst effect as before.

36:34
We again see the word “software” explode into a bunch of letters spreading out away from the new word.

41:20
Here Steve starts the demo with a special video out on the iPhone. It shows the phone on the projector and then a picture in picture video of him holding the actual iPhone. Our guess is that this is all running through a very expensive video switching and routing system and NOT inside Keynote at that point in the show. If it is running through Keynote, it means some sort of interactivity now works…or more likely, Steve has his own special version.

1:27:08
here a beautiful new flash across transition appears.

1:29:53
And here’s that fly on, float across, fly out effect again, this time with text.

1:42:34
Another chart comes up that again uses a new build that shows the chart bar growing up from the bottom.

1:43:00
here all but one of the bars in the chart disappear. This can be done now by building in a shape that matches the back of the slide and covers the other bars, or by jumping to a second slide where the numbers have been set to zero except for the final bar and the lines and
labels have been turned off. No idea if it’s a feature or if they just use this trick.

1:44:05
Here we have another burst across build out on the word Computer, and then the two other words (Apple and Inc.) move from their first location to a new location on the slide (again, following a motion path?).

Well, there you have it. While it’s possible we missed a few new effects, you can see by the different things happening here that Steve’s definatly not using a stock version of Keynote. Also, Steve has mentioned in the past that he likes to show off new versions of Keynote. Seeing the new animation makes us think we might have to wait until Leopard ships (remember it’s got Core Animation) before we see a new version of Keynote. While it’ll be a drag to possibly have to buy 10.5 in order to use the new features, it sure will take Keynote to a whole new level. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.