Every Presentation Ever: Communication FAIL
External Stories , Resources , Tips / Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tom Negrino, author of several books on Keynote (as well as many other wonderful books) has alerted us to a hilarious new video on youtube that exemplifies every bad presentation ever given. If attended any sort of business meeting in the last 5-10 years that included a projected presentation, you been there. Heck, you may have even GIVEN a presentation like this (ED: I know I have, complete with botched Apple software demo and a bad case of the nervous shakes). Created by the folks from growingleaders.com we present to you: Every Presentation Ever: Communication FAIL

TUAW posts tip on using Keynote for motion graphics
External Stories , Tips / Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Unofficial Apple Weblog today posted an article on how to use Keynote in place of Apple Motion in a pinch. We’ve been doing this for several years and have heard of other video editors who also use Keynote for doing titles or quick animation sequences. This brings up a good point…will Apple ever release a title and animation program as easy to use as Keynote? We hope so.

Looking for Keynote themes? Check out our Resource page!
KeynoteUser Announcements , Resources , Tips / Friday, May 13, 2011

Since I’ve grossly neglected posting over the last month or two, I thought I’d highlight our Resources page. On it you can find useful links to a large number of Keynote theme sites. Yes, we’d love for you to buy our commercial themes (see the ad in the right side bar) but honestly, people’s needs and tastes vary greatly, and we only offer a few themes. There are literally hundreds of themes out there from the various companies, and if you’re looking for something specific, you’ll likely find it on one of those sites.

Changing Chart colors
Tips / Thursday, April 2, 2009

Since Apple added 3d charts to Keynote (a few versions back) one of the biggest questions has been, “How do I change the chart fills to one of the other available colors or textures?” Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to do.

Beef up your Text shadows in Keynote
Tips / Friday, March 6, 2009

One little known feature of Keynote is the ability to double shadow your text. This is great for either faking an emboss, or for really beefing up the shadow behind text.

Batching photos into slides in Keynote
Tips / Monday, March 2, 2009

Every so often this question comes up on the Apple Discussions. “How do I take a folder of photos and batch them into one photo per slide in Keynote?” Turns out there’s an easy solution to this that might be so obvious that you’ve never thought about it.

K09 Tip: Fix the “Not enough memory” Quicktime export error
Bugs , Tips / Wednesday, February 25, 2009

We spend a lot of time on the Apple discussions and this particular thread regarding an error when exporting to QuickTime recently surfaced. Users have been getting this error: error -108 There is not enough disk space or there is a problem with the file.

TUAW posts tip for faking vid playback through a transition
External Stories , Tips / Tuesday, February 17, 2009

TUAW.com has posted a nice tip on faking a transition from video to a slide so that the video doesn’t pause in the transition. This tip only works with object builds, since you’re basically building in a static copy of the next slide, but it’s a pretty good work around to Keynote’s insistence on pausing the video during a normal transition.

K09 Tip: Using Connection Lines
Tips / Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Over the years, we’ve heard many users complain that Keynote doesn’t have any decent flowcharting tools. While we have to concede that Keynote 09 still doesn’t match PowerPoint in this area (not to mention the new SmartArt that PPT 08 brought), Apple did toss us one new tool: The Connection Line.

K09 Tip: Multi-color gradients
Tips / Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Keynote has had gradients from day one, but they’ve always been linear only and limited to two colors. Finally with the release of Keynote 09 (it only took 5 versions!) they’ve added multi-color gradients and even a radial option.

K09 Tip: Where did Web View go?
Tips / Sunday, February 8, 2009

If you used the last few versions of Keynote, you might have used Web View to display a static image of a web page that would update itself each time you opened the file. You were probably as surprised as we were to find it completely missing from Keynote 09.