Saving Keynote as show only

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  1. zacharoo macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I recently installed Keynote and I'm blown away by its simplicity and I'm excited to create presentations using this software.

    In PowerPoint there is a way to save the presentation as 'PowerPoint Show' in which when clicked, opens the slideshow immediately.

    Is there a way to save in this manner in Keynote? I read the Keynote User Guide and browse multiple forums but there seem to be no answer except exporting it as Quicktime, which isn't my first choice. Somehow viewing in Quicktime reduces the frame rate and makes the presentation stutter.

    Any light on this matter would be highly appreciated.

    Thank you.
     
  2. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    Change the quality settings for when you export. That will stop the dropped frames. Obviously the higher the FPS the smoother the animations, however it will take longer to export.

    You can also tell it to open in full screen and start automatically so no one will even know its done in QT as it will be a standalone projector.

    I have only dabbled in Keynote once (I have no real use for it) so I can't really help you any more.
     
  3. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    If your only objective is playing the Keynote presentation automatically, then this option can be set in the Document Inspector. Click on the left-most icon in the Inspector, then on the Document tab. It's the first check box in the list.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I could be mistaken, but I think the OP is referring to the fact that Powerpoint allows you to save a version of the presentation to share with others, so when they open the file, it only shows the presentation but doesn't allow them to edit it. Changing settings on the Document Inspector would have no effect on other people's computers that the file is shared with.
     
  5. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    This is what I was touching on in my post. You need to save it as a 'projector' or 'application' or something.
     
  6. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    If that's what he wants, yes -- but it's not clear that he wanted a runtime presentation. Perhaps the OP could clarify the question.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's what a 'PowerPoint Show' that the OP mentioned is.... a presentation version.
     
  8. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    So that's a runtime version -- doesn't require PowerPoint to run?
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It requires a free Powerpoint Viewer. The .pps simply opens directly as a presentation, rather than in edit mode.
     
  10. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    If you want to keep the same high quality keynote presentation rather than downgrading it to a Powerpoint format, use the Quicktime export.
     
  11. zacharoo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for all the helpful replies.

    I intend to email my work as a show-only file (similar to .pps) to my co-workers and clients who are using Windows and PowerPoint application. So there are two questions:

    1. Is there a way to save a similar file like .pps using Keynote (besides saving it as a hi-res Quicktime file)?

    2. If yes, will Windows based OS with PowerPoint installed recognize and will it able to view it?

    I'm sorry if my original post wasn't clear. I hope this clarifies.
     
  12. Mal macrumors 603

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    If you export as PowerPoint and then rename the file with a .pps extension, it will behave exactly the same way if you open it in PowerPoint. If it's on a machine that has Keynote and opens in Keynote automatically, it will not instantly play. So, if you want to take it to a PC or a Mac with Office, then just export as PowerPoint and add the .pps extension. On a Mac with iWork and not Office, Quicktime's your best option for achieving that result.

    jW
     
  13. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Interesting -- I didn't know that was possible. Of course an important caveat is that a Keynote presentation exported to PowerPoint is not the same presentation. Many of the effects and transitions will be lost.

    Another option to be considered, if sending static slides is the main goal, is printing to a PDF file.
     
  14. zacharoo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Awesome. Thanks for the help. :)
     

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