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Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I remember the first version of Keynote had a nice manual -- and the second one, which came as part of iWork 05 also had a substantial paper manual in the box. Then the box became smaller in iWork 06 -- and maybe even smaller in iWork 08, the newest version.
iWork 08 still includes some sort of a manual but it's not an exhaustive documentation for all Keynote options and features. However, if you have your iWork CD/DVD around, you'll find it contains a PDF manual. And the same manual is also available online on Apple's site.
To download a copy of the Keynote manual, go to:
While you are on that page, you'll find a prominent link to the Keynote user manual, as you can see in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Download the Keynote manual
As you can see in Figure 1, this link provides a download for the manual of the latest version of Keynote. So what if you have an older version of Keynote and want a manual for that version? No worries - use this link:
As you can see in Figure 2, this page provides manuals for all Keynote versions except Keynote 1.
Figure 2: Manuals of previous Keynote versions
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I already showed you the Slide Navigator and Outline views in an earlier post -- Keynote provides two more views that I will show you in this post.
These two views are:
Both these views can be accessed by using the options found in the View menu as you can see in Figure 1
. To view the "Slide Only" view, choose the View | Slide Only option.Figure 1: View Slide Only (or Light Table)
You access the Light Table view in the same way by choosing the View | Light Table option.
The Slide Only view is almost the same as the Slide Navigator and Outline views -- other than the fact that there is no Navigator or Outline panes on the left. So all you get to see is the active slide as shown in Figure 2
. This is great if you want to save a little extra screen real estate to get a larger slide view.Figure 2: Slide Only view
Finally, the Light Table view shows you thumbnail size previews of all slides in your presentation -- much more than what the Slide Navigator can show you. Figure 3
shows you the Light Table view -- PowerPoint users will immediately recognize this as the same as PowerPoint's Slide Sorter view.Figure 3: Light Table view
Since I am discussing views in Keynote, here's a small trick -- I already showed you that you can access these views through the options in the View menu. However, you can also get to these views by clicking the View button on the Toolbar -- click the button and it shows you a small menu that you can see in Figure 4
-- choose any view you want.Figure 4: View options from the Toolbar
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If you followed my last post on the Keynote interface, you know there was nothing mentioned about an Outlining pane or something similar -- and that's something keenly observed by a PowerPoint user.
Well, there actually is a very similar Outline pane -- and it's in exactly the same position as where you would expect it to be! Yes, it's in the same screen real estate as the Slide Navigator -- just choose View | Outline, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: View Outline option
This changes the left pane from the Slide Navigator to the Outline -- you can see both the views in Figure 2 below.
Figure 2: Slide Navigator view (left) and Outline view (right)
To change back from Outline view to Slide Navigator view, choose View | Navigator.
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Sunday, June 15, 2008
The Keynote interface is clean and simple as you can see in Figure 1.
Figure 1: The Keynote interface
The interface comprises three (or four) visible areas:
Figure 2: Viewing Presenter NotesFigure 3
- The Slide Navigator on the left side shows thumbnails of all slides in the open presentation.
- The Slide Area shows the active slide you are working on, or viewing.
- The Toolbar over the Slide Area comprises icons for commonly used commands, and several other options.
- The Presenter Notes panel may not be visible as in Figure 1 above -- to view the Presenter Notes, choose View | Presenter Notes as shown in Figure 2.
shows you the Keynote interface with the Presenter Notes visible. Note that this a toggle option -- so you can choose the same option repeatedly to alternate between viewed and hidden states of the Presenter Notes panel. With the Presenter Notes panel visible, this option will be View | Hide Presenter Notes.Figure 3: Interface with Presenter Notes
You can also hide and view the toolbar in the same way -- choose the View | Hide (or Show) Toolbar to do this.
In addition to the interface elements described above, you might also see the Ruler and one of four floating panels called Inspector, Media, Colors, and Fonts. Also, the Toolbar may have spawned an additional bar called the Format Bar right under itself. In subsequent posts, I'll explain these and more interface elements.
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Friday, June 13, 2008
You can launch Keynote by double-clicking its icon in the Applications/iWork folder of the Finder -- to learn how to access that icon, refer to my earlier post: Do I already have Keynote?
However, that's not how everybody launches Keynote! Look in your Dock and you'll find an alias for Keynote there, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: The Keynote alias on the Dock
As you hover over all the aliases, you'll see a tool tip that provides the name of the application the alias belongs to. Click the Keynote alias and the program should spin to life, asking you to choose a theme to create your first presentation (see Figure 2).
Figure 2: Choose a Keynote theme to proceed
At this point, you have several choices:
- Select a theme and click the "Choose" button so that Keynote launches with a new presentation based on the selected theme. You can also set a resolution for your new presentation at this time from within the Slide Size drop down box -- or if you don't want to get into this aspect right now, leave the default values untouched.
- Check the "Don't show this dialog again" so that you are not prompted to choose a theme the next time you launch Keynote.
- Choose the "Open an Existing File" option so that you can browse and open an existing Keynote file (or open a PowerPoint presentation in Keynote).
- Click the "Close" button so that the Keynote minimizes itself on the Dock. Click the Keynote alias on the Dock, and Keynote springs back instantly to life with the same dialog box asking you to choose a theme!
As you can see, you still haven't created a single slide in Keynote yet! I'll teach you how you can do that after I explain the Keynote interface to you in the next few posts. As always, do send your feedback through the contact page...
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Thursday, June 12, 2008
When you run Keynote for the first time (or when you run Pages or Numbers), you are asked to input the serial number of the product, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Enter your iWork serial
The serial number can be found within the packaging, typically on a sticker pasted on the Installing iWork booklet. If you bought the product at an online store without a physical delivery, the serial number can be found in the subsequent email you received.
Type in the serial number including all the dashes, and click the Continue button. Thereafter, you'll be asked to provide registration info as shown in Figure 2. And yes, my email address really isn't [email protected]!
Figure 2: Send in your registration info to the folks at Apple
Thereafter you'll see a small Connecting window -- this means your registration info is transmitted to Apple's user database. Normally, this takes a few seconds, and you then see the "Thank you" window, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Your registration was successful
Thereafter, Keynote will launch. If there's an update available at that time, you may be provided with an option to download it immediately.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Make sure you are aware of the system requirements for Keynote and the rest of the iWork programs before you buy a retail box. That's one of the reasons why you should download a trial version of the product.
The current version, Keynote 08 (or Keynote 4) runs on Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and 10.5 Leopard only (and later versions of OS X). And if you are running an earlier version of OS X, you'll have to find an earlier version of Keynote and iWork as well (or upgrade your OS X version).
You can find older versions of Keynote and OS X on auction sites like eBay but be aware that the newest version of Keynote always has more features. Also, you might not be able to open Keynote presentations created in the new version inside older versions of Keynote, although the opposite is not true.
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In this post, I'll show you how you can install iWork (and Keynote) on your Mac. Remember, as of now iWork comprises Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. You can also get a trial version of iWork before deciding to buy a retail version.
To install iWork, follow these steps:
- Insert the iWork CD/DVD in your optical drive (and if you downloaded the trial version, just double-click the downloaded file).
- Either way, you'll see the iWork installation screen that looks like what you can see in Figure 1.
Figure 1: iWork Install Screen
- Now double-click the Install iWork or similar option, and you'll see a screen that says that iWork wants to determine if it can be installed, blah, blah, blah (see Figure 2). As you must have realized by now, you hardly have any choice but to click the Continue button. Do that!
Figure 2: iWork needs to determine something
- Click Continue in the next screen as well, and behold the Read Me screen. Read if you want, or just press Continue to welcome the venerable License screen (see Figure 3) that allows Apple to own your computer, home, bank account, and car (just joking) -- it's comparatively harmless, just click the Continue button to get this moving. Click Agree in the popup screen that comes up.
Figure 3: iWork Install Screen
- Select the Destination drive to install iWork -- if you have just one drive, that decision is already made for you. Then click Continue. Groan...now click Install in the next screen! And if that wasn't enough, enter your computer password in the popup window that comes up, and click OK. Phew!
- Now if all goes well, the Installer will work for a while. Let the poor thing do what it is meant to do -- and after a while, you will see a screen that says everything went well, and iWork was successfully installed on your Mac (see Figure 4).
Figure 4: That was a successful iWork installation
- Click Close and you are done with the installation.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008
You can buy a copy of iWork (and Keynote) as a retail boxed product on CD at any of the Apple stores or resellers. You can also buy the same boxed product from the Apple online store at the Apple web site. There are different Apple stores on Apple's various international sites.
In addition, you can buy an electronic download version of iWork from the Apple web site.
Do remember that there are essentially two versions of iWork available:
- The Single User pack can be installed on one system.
- The Family Pack allows you to install on up to 5 systems in your household.
The Family Pack costs just a little bit more than the Single User pack -- so it makes a lot of sense to get that version even if you just need to install iWork on 2 systems. As you can see the pricing in Figure 1, a single user pack as of today costs $79, whereas a family pack costs $99.Figure 1: iWork Purchase Options
No wonder everyone wants to buy the Family Pack!
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Unless your Mac came with a trial version of iWork, you'll want to download the evaluation from the Apple site. You'll also want to get the trial version if you are using an earlier version of Keynote and iWork -- and want to see all the new improvements before you buy a retail copy of iWork.
You can download the trial version from the Apple iWork Trial page, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Apple iWork Trial Download
As you can see in the figure above, the current version of iWork is iWork 08 that includes Keynote 08.
Be prepared for a long download though -- as of today, the download is a whopping 469 megabytes.
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Monday, June 9, 2008
If you bought a new Mac, chances are you already have a trial version of Apple iWork that includes Keynote. Even otherwise, you can download a trial version of iWork from the Apple site. However before you download the trial, just check if you already have iWork. To do that, follow these steps:
- On your Mac Dock, click the Finder option (normally the first option from the left) to launch the Finder.
- In the left pane of the Finder, click Applications to see a list of installed applications in your Mac (as shown in Figure 1).
Figure 1: Applications in your Mac
- Scroll down the list, and you'll find a folder called iWork -- my folder is called iWork 08 since "08" denotes the version of the programs contained within the iWork suite. Your version may have a different suffix -- that doesn't matter. For now, just double click the folder.
- Inside the folder, you'll find a shortcut for Keynote (and perhaps for Pages and Numbers as well) as you can see in Figure 2.
Figure 2: iWork folder within your Applications folder
- Double-click the Keynote shortcut to launch the program.
If your copy of Keynote is a trial version, it will run for the trial period.
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Apple Keynote is a popular presentation program that helps you create slides with all sorts of textual, visual, and multimedia content.
Keynote was launched as a standalone program, but Apple subsequently launched word processing and spreadsheet programs called Pages and Numbers -- now all these three programs are sold as a combined suite of applications called iWork. Presently, iWork is a Mac only suite of programs that has no compatible option on the Windows platform.
Being the oldest of all programs in iWork, Keynote is the most evolved and capable program of the lot. On these set of pages, I'll jot down my experiences of working with Keynote. Please feel free to add your thoughts, opinions, and ideas through your comments.
Have a great day.
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