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Shrek
Jan 22, 2003, 08:35 PM
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Mac users find glitches with Keynote

By Ian Fried (ianf@cnet.com?subject=FEEDBACK: Mac users find glitches with Keynote)
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
January 22, 2003, 4:55 PM PT

Apple Computer originally created its new Keynote software to allow its boss, Steve Jobs, to make it through speeches without a hitch. But now that the company has released the presentation program to the public, early customers say it is anything but bug-free.

There are complaints of a host of problems, the most severe of which being reports that the software is prone to crashes that can take down an entire operating system--something intended to be a rare occurrence in Mac OS X.

The Keynote discussion forum on Apple's Web site is filled with reports of troubles, including some from people who say the program is the first they have used that can bring Apple's Mac OS X operating system to its knees.

"I've never had any OS 10 app crash the whole system before," reads a posting from "Yikesboy."

The crashing problem appears to crop up most frequently on older laptops, particularly those without sophisticated graphics accelerators.

"Keynote crashes every time I try to run a presentation on my PowerBook G4 500MHz," wrote a user by the name of "Don Hume." "I know I only have the minimum (video memory) required...but the presentations I'm trying to run are quite simple (including the sample presentation)."

Other problems noted include glitches printing graphics that are supposed to be translucent as well as complaints that when Keynote presentations are saved as Adobe PDF documents, the resulting files are extremely large.

An Apple representative declined to comment on the problems.

Steve Jobs debuted (http://news.com.com/2100-1040-979461.html) the $99 software at this month's Macworld Expo (http://news.com.com/2009-1040-979524.html), with Apple giving away copies of the software to all who attended Jobs' keynote speech. Jobs billed Keynote as "the presentation application you need when your presentation really counts."

The software competes with Microsoft's PowerPoint and is designed to share files with the popular Office application. Apple touts it as ideal for graphically intensive presentations, highlighting its charting ability as well as its preset themes and transitions. These allow a presentation to look as if it were scrawled with a crayon, for example, or allow the slides to appear as if they are part of a multifaceted cube.

alset
Jan 22, 2003, 09:36 PM
Someone is gonna be in some real trouble for this one. I'd hate to be on the development team that told Steve they had it ready to go.

Obviously, the version of Keynote that Apple is shipping is not the same as the app Steve uses on stage.

Between this and the possible iLife delay, now I am wondering what issues we may see in the new AI PowerBooks.

Dan

MrMacMan
Jan 22, 2003, 09:51 PM
Originally posted by alset
Someone is gonna be in some real trouble for this one. I'd hate to be on the development team that told Steve they had it ready to go.

Obviously, the version of Keynote that Apple is shipping is not the same as the app Steve uses on stage.

Between this and the possible iLife delay, now I am wondering what issues we may see in the new AI PowerBooks.

Dan

Psssst ... the AI isn't really the Army grade it is supposto be, it is of a lesser grade.

Nah, apple i guess didn't test keynote with older hardware... probably.

Les Kern
Jan 22, 2003, 09:55 PM
I'm guessing the AIBooks will be solid. Apple is getting better at first model roll-outs.
Keynote, however, was odd. It never brought my system down (867 1.5ram and 400 TiBook) but it never actually worked completely. Spinning ball? COME ON! A freeze because I switch windows too fast? Yikes. I despise Powerpoint and I think the concept of Keynote is a winner... with version 1.2. IMHO

rainman::|:|
Jan 23, 2003, 01:58 PM
Uhhh... go look in the Apple forums for *any* program, that's where the worst of the problems always end up-- they don't cover the probably 90% of users that don't have problems...

alternately, apple could simply put the word 'beta' after Keynote, and they wouldn't have any problems ;)

pnw

mymemory
Jan 23, 2003, 03:57 PM
Do never buy the first generation of something.... whait for the rest to do it and complete a "real life field test".

I have being envolve in to electronics for so long, specially because of the electronic music and every time a bran new equipment came out it takes at list 6 month to be really ready because the first units to come out comes with problems that comes out after many people use them, then a "non official revision" comes and 6 month later you are gonna have a really working unit.

You will see that the new Powerbook are gonna come with some problems because the design is brand new. Wait a bit for Apple to fix those details and get one.

jelloshotsrule
Jan 23, 2003, 04:03 PM
Originally posted by paulwhannel
alternately, apple could simply put the word 'beta' after Keynote, and they wouldn't have any problems ;)


but then they couldn't have charged for it... ;)