Paul Woods, writer of “ESPI at work” has posted a great article on using Keynote as an app or website prototyping app. He highlights 2 great websites that sell collections of Keynote files filled with UI elements you can use to mock up apps.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 -108Â There is not enough disk space or there is a problem with the file.
If you’re as annoyed as we are that Keynote can’t open Word or Pages Outline documents and parse them into Slides, this tip is for you.
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’sÂ insistenceÂ on pausing the video during a normal transition.
Over the years, we’ve heard many users complain that Keynote doesn’t have any decentÂ flowchartingÂ 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.
So you just got Stage Hand or the Apple Keynote Remote for your fancy ithingy and you want to use it…but you’re stuck in a conference room with no Wifi. What now?
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.
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.
When iWork times out, that doesn’t mean it’s useless…
One issue we’ve seen already is with Keynote 09 crashing on launch.
Every time Apple releases a new version of Keynote, you can hear the screams of users everywhere wondering where their beloved effects have gone.
If you’ve already moved up to iWork 09, you may have noticed something interesting: The default .key file format is no longer a package.
It’s not just for Preview anymore…
Problem viewing attachments with iPhone Software 2.0…