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Keynote

by Apple
Mac, Mac OS X
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Use Apple-designed themes
  • Coordinate colors, fonts, textures, charts and tables automatically
  • Hardware-accelerated, anti-aliased text, transparency, and pro-quality imaging
  • Dynamic alignment feedback and pixel, inch and percentage rulers
  • Navigator, Outline view, Slide element builds, and Speakerís notes tools
  • Column, bar, line, area and pie charts, and incremental build animations
  • Full-screen 2D and 3D transitions
  • OpenGL hardware acceleration
  • Import QuickTime, PDF, Flash, Photoshop and other formats
  • Export to QuickTime, PDF, and PowerPoint
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Mac, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

  • Item Weight: 340 g
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  • ASIN: B000088NEW
  • Release Date: 14 Feb 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,547 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Installing Keynote requires Mac OSX 10.2 (Jaguar) with 256 RAM and a G3 or G4. The installation process is as smooth as you would expect from Apple. However, you should be warned of the following: first, installing requires having administrator permissions; second, if you are not accustomed with Mac OSX, you need to double click on the keynote.pkg to begin the installation. Perhaps Apple could make that more obvious for first time or less experienced Mac OSX users. The whole installation process takes about four minutes.

Keynote is targeted towards current Macintosh PowerPoint users, as well as users who would like to create presentations but do not want to buy the whole Microsoft Office application. Keynote makes it very easy to create a presentation. You begin creating a slide presentation by selecting one of 12 themes. A theme defines the presentation's design (colour, "look and feel"); users are also free to design their own customised themes and templates. After selecting a theme you then choose how you want the information displayed eg: having the title displayed at the top or the middle of the slide. As with "themes", Apple have provided multiple layout options; alternatively, users have the freedom to design and create their own templates (this is similar to PowerPoint's template functionality).

Apple has made it easy to edit images and text within a slide. Alignment guides and rulers help you to align and centre images and text on the slide canvas. You can also build tables and charts that can import data from Excel. Keynote's versatility is further highlighted by supporting the standard graphic file formats eg: JPEG, PDF, MOV, GIF, TIFF as well as accepting various multimedia file types such as FLASH, MP3 and MOV--you can even add a file from your iTunes music library to your Keynote slide.

Finally, if you are inclined to use Keynote but are worried that your existing PowerPoint files will become useless or that you will not be able send your keynote slides to Window users then worry no longer: Apple has made sure that Keynote can import and export PowerPoint files. --Parvesh Chhibber

Manufacturer's Description

Keynote makes it a snap to create compelling presentations with professional-caliber themes, razor-sharp text and beautiful charts and tables . Layer graphical elements over each other and fully adjust their transparency. Move from one slide to the next with cinematic-quality transitions. Build anticipation with stunning element effects. And do it all with unparalleled ease of use.

Keynote 1.0 is a new generation of presentation software that brings the ability to create stunning, professional-quality presentations to everyone. With Keynote, creating stunning slides becomes fast and simple, giving you more time to focus on ideas and less time on design. Featuring Apple-designed visual themes with coordinated backgrounds, fonts, colors, charts and tables; cinematic quality 2D and 3D transitions; and an innovative slide Navigator that provides a quick visual overview of the entire slide show, Keynote gives speakers the tools they need to organize their ideas and convey their message with impact.

With Keynote, you don't' have to start from scratch. Simply import your existing PowerPoint, QuickTime, and PDF files into Keynote. Or, insert Excel data right into Keynote charts and tables. You can also share your Keynote creations with virtually anyone. Keynote presentations can also be exported to PowerPoint, QuickTime and PDF.


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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy competitor for PowerPoint 1 Mar 2003
By Marko
It's hard to review Keynote without comparing it to PowerPoint on every count. Luckily the comparison is favourable: the workflow is faster, the default themes are actually usable, and the typography and graphics are simply beautiful. In fact, the graphs produced by Keynote are so good-looking that you'll easily end up using them in documents and on the web, not just in your presentations. This has already saved me tons of time I would otherwise have spent in Photoshop.
While Keynote, like PowerPoint, has an outline editing mode, it is clearly focused on direct manipulation of the slides themselves. For visual people this makes it easier and faster to get to the look you want. For others it gives more ammo to shoot oneself in the foot.
A couple of typical 1.0 problems abound. The PDF and QuickTime exports aren't as good as they could be. It's also impossible to automatically run through presentations without manual mouse clicks.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good version 1.0. But still version 1.0 27 Jan 2003
By Esther Schindler - Published on Amazon.com
I like Keynote. It makes it blissfully easy to do the majority of the things that presenters do -- in particular, create pie charts, bar charts, and other pretty-but-readable stuff. If you want to create good looking charts or presentations in a hurry, Keynote will almost certainly serve your needs.
Plus, it's easy to pick up. My learning curve _might_ have been five minutes. (Though, to be fair, I've reviewed hundreds of software applications for computer magazines, and I'm a fast learner. So give yourself ten minutes, instead, before you pick up the adequate but not-overwhelming printed manual.)
Keynote is a good example of technology helping rather than getting in the way. Except you'll probably spend more than a couple of minutes playing with the really impressive set of slide transitions. I never need such things, but I had fun with them anyway.
But don't expect perfection. Keynote is a great version 1.0, but it's definitely 1.0. So far, I've found two glaring omissions: it doesn't export presentations to HTML (PDF, Quicktime and PowerPoint yes... HTML no). And there's no way to create a follow-me arrow, as in Visio. Creating a process chart, with this-leads-to-that, or an organization chart, can be an exercise in frustration.
I'm sure that later versions will address these limitations, however. Overall, I'm very pleased with the software.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 1.0 version! 27 Feb 2003
By Frank E. Almeida - Published on Amazon.com
I am in sales and needless to say I use Powerpoint often. The learning curve is short and you could churn out professional looking presentations in no time. However, it is a version 1.0 and it needs some growing up to do.
You can't export to HTML but you can export to Quicktime, PDF, and Powerpoint. When you do export to Powerpoint you can not have all the bells and whistles that you may have loaded your presentation with. Keynote has different transitions and fonts than Powerpoint so those get lost when you export. My first trial presentation I loaded it with all the effects possible (transitions, shadows, animations, etc.) and exported to all the possible formats. It was very easy to do but none of the other formats looked as good as the original Keynote presentation. The Powerpoint presentation did come close but the graphics compared to Keynote just did not stand up. I did have to make some adjustments in Keynote to make the Powerpoint version better (took out the shadows). When you make a movie you decide just how big you want it to be for the purpose of sending it via e-mail or posting it on the Internet. It was also incredibly easy making a PDF file.
Where it does come strong is in graphics. The slides look beautiful and so does the text and the pie charts and graphs. The transitions are a lot of fun and mostly because they are new and haven't really been seen before. The program is very intuitive and easy to use. I look forward to the additional features that will surely come down the road.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It knows what you need. 26 Sep 2003
By Michael A. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
For years, PowerPoint has been the bain of my existence. My boss is obsessed with it. Every week it's another presentation in PowerPoint. Finally, an alternative. As usual, Apple takes the "point" out of a Microsoft product. It seems fair, all things considered.
The user interface for this program is fast and easy to learn. It even gives you several options of themes to use for those deadline crunches that we all run into from time to time. It includes the famous drag-and-drop functionality that we've come to expect.
Most importantly, you can save it out to PowerPoint for those less enlighted souls who still think that a Windows machine will help them keep up with the times.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, Sharp, Intuitive, Apple 9 Mar 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
After being a slave to both Mc and PC versions of PPT, Keynote came along and threw off the bonds. As I own my own business and can use what I want, Keynote will replace PPT without hesitation.
Graphic acuity, more choices and freedoms to manipulate charts and graphs with ease.
No problem leaving MS PPT at the curb with the rest of the mutts..
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Is Great! Very Easy To Use! 15 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This product is worth every penny you pay. It imports PowerPoints without flaw. The UI is very pleasing to the eye and gets out of the way. It isn't as feature rich as PowerPoint but it makes up for that with its incredible graphics.
All the controls are very intuitive. I would definitely recommend this product to any Mac PowerPoint user, even if you just use it in addtion to PowerPoint.
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