- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 01 edition (10 May 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 032135754X
- ISBN-13: 978-0321357540
- Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,289,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Creating Keynote Presentations with iWork: Visual QuickProject Guide Paperback – 10 May 2005
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From the Back Cover
With its dazzling transitions, dozens of professionally-designed themes, and wide selection of typefaces, Keynote―Apple's top-notch presentation software―lets anyone create elegant, attractive presentations with ease. Now, to help users deliver high-quality presentations even when they're short on time, is this smart, concise guide designed to take them from standing start to stellar finish with their first presentations. Rather than cover every last option Keynote offers, author Tom Negrino steps readers through on a single, basic presentation, showing them the quickest, easiest, most effective way to communicate their ideas. Each short lesson builds a component of a basic presentation, from creating slides, formatting charts and tables, incorporating sound and video, creating transitions, and adding a bit of polish to their debut presentations. Friendly, step-by-step instructions and large, full-color screen shots make the information instantly accessible.
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1) This book provides virtually ZERO hands-on training for the reader. The only hands-on exercises that you will get to try out is found in chapter two, in which you create a blank, Keynote presentation file (for the first time), and type in five lines of text -- and that's IT!! No, I am not joking... That's it.
2) The book focuses upon a "show and tell" (with zero practice or hands-on exercises) approach. It uses 3rd party templates, which don't come with either the software [Keynote] or the book. This keeps you from being able to try any of the concepts presented.
3) The book focuses mainly upon the "theory" of creating a presentation, rather than on teaching you how to use Keynote. I wanted to learn Keynote, not the theory of public speaking.
4) The book's chapters are filled with commerials, prompting you to purchase 3rd party products. This book (at times) looks more like the classifieds section of a newpaper than a training publication. If you don't want to believe me -- please go and check it out for yourself! Page numbers are included!!
a) Page 18 -- Asks you to buy OmniOutliner. (Which is not needed. Keynote provides this same functionality, but he doesn't take the time or effort to teach you how to do it.)
b) Page 25 -- Use (and purchase) Microsoft Office for the Macintosh, so you can use their clipart.
c) Page 26 -- Buy sounds and music from soundrangers at $1.50 per song, etc.
d) Page 27 -- Buy more stuff from Hemera, NovaDevelopment, and DigitalJuice, etc.
e) Page 28 -- Buy Garageband from Apple, etc, etc, etc. You get the idea.
Normally, I like to give books a positive rating -- as a college-level, computer science teacher for more than 10 years, I have dealt with many of such book publications. However, I honestly cannot give this book even one star -- it has failed to even begin to meet its stated objectives on the back cover.
My advice, if you truly want to learn, PLEASE LOOK TO A DIFFERENT BOOK. This is not the one you are looking for.
This book takes you through an actual presentation, and shows a lot of pictures as well as being easy to read.
Although I am not a beginner (this book is geared toward beginners), I learned a few tricks that will be valuable to me down the line.
I would highly recommend Negrino's other Keynote title, Visual Quickstart Guide once it comes out for Keynote2. If it is as good as his VQSG for Keynote1, it will be a purchase well made.
Then thoughout the book you are shown a mutitude of other products that are suggested to you to buy. Really sad ! None are needed to use Keynote !
Save your money and do not buy this book which is a total waste of money !
Negrino's enthusiasm comes through clearly, and that is a welcome trait among Apple users, where enthusiasm for Jobs & Co. and their creations is a prerequisite. He is not dogmatic, however, so his advice includes a healthy dose of caution regarding some oddities and shortcomings of Keynote. I found his examples to map easily to decisions I make in my presentations.
The book itself is slim, but not in a bad way. I think it reflects focus on the part of the author and his editor, Nancy Davis. I admired the evident effort in crafting the book, along with the layout that avoids being dull but shys away from being distracting, as well.
As a side note, Negrino's interactions with the Keynote user community online reflects his genuine desire to learn how to derive the most benefit from the program. His openness to suggestions and ideas from those who seek to extend Keynote as far as possible allows him to write in a very authoritative manner about a program that can dazzle when wielded skillfully.
I really look forward to my next presentation - between Keynote and this book, I have no doubts it will be my best yet.
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