Apple updates Keynote for Mac and iOS

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Finally. After years of waiting for Keynote for iOS to catch up, Apple releases a solid feature update, combined with updates to the desktop apps to make them compatible with the changes in the new iOS versions.
Among the list of new features is one big standout: Theme support. No longer do you have to use work arounds such as creating .key files with one regular slide for every one master slide just so you can use all the masters in a theme. Most theme makers had to post instructions on how to get usable masters into your iPad and it was clunky and annoying. Good riddance. 🙂

Here’s Apple’s complete list of new features:

  • Import and export all Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote for Mac slide sizes
  • Import and export presentation themes, complete with master slides and preset styles
  • Play back all Keynote action builds including Move, Rotate, Scale, and Opacity
  • Add new slide transitions including Shimmer and Sparkle
  • Preserve calculations in tables when importing from and exporting to Keynote for Mac
  • Add reflections to shapes
  • New print layouts include options to print with presenter notes, with builds, and without backgrounds
  • Lock and unlock objects
Hopefully, this list is a good sign that Apple hasn’t forgotten their aging presentation app. These incremental updates, plus Apple including the user of Keynote files in apps like iBooks Author keeps a glimmer of hope in our hearts that some day we’ll see a completely new release of iWork, including a new, more powerful version of Keynote. Time will tell…
Important links:
iTunes page for Keynote for iOS
Apple’s support page for the desktop update
Apple’s new iWork compatibility chart