Keynote is awesome!

carlmac

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Feb 2, 2002
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Got Keynote in the mail on Saturday and it is a great program. In a hour or so I was doing things I hadn't done with PowerPoint in several years! javascript:smilie(':)')

A perfect apple product - easy and intuitive to use, awesome graphics and excellent tools all the make you become more creative than you normally are capable of.

The image capabilities on this program are truly remarkable. My only wish is that there were more themes and a bigger photo/image library. But I can see third party companies adding to the mix very soon.

I think this will be a real winner for Apple. Especially when Keynote created presentations start showing up in businesses and other public places where everyone else is accustomed to Powerpoint.

Apple's switch campaign isn't just limited to running tv commercials and opening stores. They got a great secret weapon in showing the results of what you can do on a Mac through the products you can create.

I recently created a iDVD slideshow with music for my sister's 40th, and an iphoto book for a reunion of old co-workers, all of who are winblow users and they were blown away by what i was able to do with a mac. In a couple of weeks I will present a Keynote-created presentation to about 200 people, afterwards I'm sure I'll get asked by many how I was able to create such a fantastic looking presentation. I'll have my standard answer - "Why with an Apple computer of course."

If you really want to help convert the unenlightened masses, forget about trying to win an arguement - go make an imovie, or idvd, or an iphoto book and let them see the difference.

Keynote is another winner and a great stealth marketing attack in the battle for switchers. Only with this program the playing field has moved to business world.
 

iAlan

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Dec 11, 2002
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I am waiting to see if i can get an English version here in Japan, but m happy to hear your report.

I agree, my friends who have seen my 'apple-made' DVD (I have made 12 different DVD from hours and hours of DV footage - edited into interesting, well paced highlights of many different events and activities) are have been blown away. In fact, one of my Japanese friends went out and bought a 15" FP iMac the following week (mind you I have had to teach him a little - he isn't computer oriented, but learning quickly).

Bottom line, and i agree with you, SOFTWARE will help sell the Mac to switchers. Honestly, we don't all need super-dooper fast computers (although speed does help) but fast computers that do what we want them to.

Apple does this.
 

WannabeSQ

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Oct 24, 2002
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First of all, i have no use for keynote (yet) but i think it is great that apple can take something microsoft has had its strangle hold on for years and make a better easier to use version.

Also, about speed, if Apple can't get faster cpus, they need to write faster code, which I believe they are doing with Safari. Programmers have been getting really lazy, because computers have the room and computing power to get around things which would have choked a Mac Plus. Software companies will have to do this eventually as Moore's law will hit a brick wall with electricity jumping the contacts. Apple will have a big head start on this with their optimized altivec and smp code. I see a bright future ahead of apple. I also hope to see a full "office" suite from Apple, as I dont like microsoft products personally. That damn helper dog is annoying.
 

Rower_CPU

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Oct 5, 2001
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I'll be ordering my copy soon (thank you EDU discount) and I expect it to be a nice change for my grad school presentations...

After sitting through 20+ PowerPoints on people's projects I will thoroughly enjoy using something NOT PowerPoint to present my work...

Is it sad to be excited about something so mundane?
 

peterjhill

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Apr 25, 2002
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Rower_CPU, you have that right. I will be glad to use ANYTHING other than powerpoint. Bill Gates comment about "It's probably not as rich as PP" so freaking what. Sorry, I don't want to use Visual Basic in my presentation Bill.

The EDU discount is pretty damn nice. I am picking up a copy very soon.
 

jelloshotsrule

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Feb 7, 2002
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Originally posted by Rower_CPU

Is it sad to be excited about something so mundane?
maybe... but when i came home after the keynote... all i could think about was presenting stuff......

peterjhill... the discount is only 20 bucks, right? it WAS 50 the day of the announcement, and then it went down to 20.... weird.
 

Mal

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Jan 6, 2002
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Can some of you who have Keynote tell me about a few features that are not advertised? For instance, I was wondering if there was any way to advance slides non-sequencially (i.e. jump from slide 10 to slide 13 without seeing the slides in between). Some of my friends are interested in it, but want to make sure it can do some of the things they need to be able to do.

Thanks
JW
 

iJon

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Feb 7, 2002
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Originally posted by skywalker
Can some of you who have Keynote tell me about a few features that are not advertised? For instance, I was wondering if there was any way to advance slides non-sequencially (i.e. jump from slide 10 to slide 13 without seeing the slides in between). Some of my friends are interested in it, but want to make sure it can do some of the things they need to be able to do.

Thanks
JW
I dont understand what you are getting at here. Wouldnt you want to go throught those slides since they are in your presentation. If you wanted to skip them wouldn't you just get rid of them?? I am sure there is a reason why youw would want to do this, im just trying to figure it out.

iJon
 

dotcomlarry

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Jul 16, 2002
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Originally posted by iJon

I dont understand what you are getting at here. Wouldnt you want to go throught those slides since they are in your presentation. If you wanted to skip them wouldn't you just get rid of them?? I am sure there is a reason why youw would want to do this, im just trying to figure it out.

iJon
If, for instance, you were doing a business presentation, and the question came up as to what the net sales in Europe were, but you're on the production schedule slide for Africa 5 slides away, it'd be nice to punch in the number of the slide (if you have it memorized) and hit Return, and the Europe slide come up instead of having to watch 5 slides fly by on the screen. This is just one example, but there are many more uses for going to a specific slide, or skipping over some slides that aren't relevent anymore, but you didn't have time to take them out..
 

mymemory

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May 9, 2001
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Guys, if you are gonna promote Apple, at list get in touch with a store to be a freelance sales representative, other wise, you are the smart one!

That is what I'm doing here, I have my friend and I send him costumers and he give me discounts, very good discounts $80 or so.

Find the business.:)
 

spudnik187

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Jul 16, 2002
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Austin, TX
I started a business about a year ago taking business peoples' Power Points and converting them to high impact, interactive DVD-based presentations. A buddy of mine asked if I was worried about Keynote (thinking that I would be) To the contrary, I think it's great. I'm tired of seeing peoples' stupid Power Points.

By the way you can check us out here http://www.dvdpowertools.com
 

rmac

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Mar 5, 2002
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Originally posted by skywalker
Can some of you who have Keynote tell me about a few features that are not advertised? For instance, I was wondering if there was any way to advance slides non-sequencially (i.e. jump from slide 10 to slide 13 without seeing the slides in between). Some of my friends are interested in it, but want to make sure it can do some of the things they need to be able to do.

Thanks
JW
...and what about animation? Full alpha channels sounds awesome, but for custom pictures probably means setting that up in Photoshop first. At which point, if you can't animate the objects in your presentation, why not just do all the compositing in Photoshop?
I'd be interested in hearing others' opinions on animationing objects in presentations....Powerpoint XP lets you grow and shrink objects, rotate them, have them move along a path, etc. in pretty much whatever combination you want. Fun to play with, but it may be more distracting than helpful to a presentation.
 

DaveGee

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Jul 25, 2001
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Originally posted by spudnik187
I started a business about a year ago taking business peoples' Power Points and converting them to high impact, interactive DVD-based presentations. ..snip.. By the way you can check us out here http://www.dvdpowertools.com

I would love to check it out but... UGH the demo on that site requires WMP?!?! Blech anytime I see something require WMP I just pass.

An you are a Mac user? Tisk tisk tisk...

Dave
 

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