Time and Date in a Keynote Presentation

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  1. kap91 macrumors member

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    I have looked all over the place and I can not come up with an answer. How can I have the date and time in a keynote presentation? I mean like a running clock that would show the date and time in simple text over every slide. Please help.
     
  2. millap macrumors regular

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    One possibility (although messy) would be to create or find a website that has a live clock display, and then use the Insert>Web View option in Keynote to add this to your presentation. I did a quick Google search and found a site that has a large selection of clocks to choose from.

    http://www.clocklink.com/
     
  3. kap91 thread starter macrumors member

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    How would I do this? I used the html tag provided in the selection but the web view just showed white. What exactly would be the process? Sorry and Thanks.
     
  4. millap macrumors regular

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    You would need to create a website first using a simple web design app such as iWeb and then publish this to your personal web space. It is the URL of YOUR website that would then be inserted into the Keynote presentation.

    If all that sounds a bit complicated, try to find a site which already has a live clock display, and then link to that instead.
     
  5. millap macrumors regular

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    OK, I feel silly now.

    I just tried it myself and I can't get it to work either. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but doesn't actually work (at least with that particular site). I'll have another look tomorrow and see if there's an alternative site that will work.

    Remember, that even if this approach is successful, you will still need to have a live internet connection during your presentation, so it may not be feasible anyway.
     
  6. kap91 thread starter macrumors member

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    This would require the iWeb 08 version wouldn't it? I don't think the 06 version has support for html snippets as apple calls them. If not, please explain how to do it in iWeb. Sorry for asking so much.

    On a side note: so there is no way to do this in Keynote itself without the use of an outside resource? It seems like it should be a really simple thing to have done. Is there any other way to do this?

    On a another side note: I figured out a way to achieve something like this although it is a really big hassle. If you export a presentation to quicktime, view in fullscreen, and have your clock set to be shown in a window instead of in the menu bar you'll have a running clock in every slide. Unfortunately, this workaround really isn't feasible in my situation, it might be good for someone else though so that is why I'm posting it.
     
  7. millap macrumors regular

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    Your last post gave me another idea that may be the answer.

    In the Keynote preferences, there is an option to allow Expose, Dashboard and others to use the screen. If you turn that on, and then setup Dashboard to only show the Clock widget, you could use the right mouse button to activate this in between slides.
     
  8. kap91 thread starter macrumors member

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    The problem with using dashboard is that A: the clock needs to be visible at all times and B: dashboard dims the whole screen. However, thanks for the idea.
     
  9. millap macrumors regular

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    Can't think of anything else at the moment, so I'm off to bed. I'll check back tomorrow if I think of something.
     
  10. kap91 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the help anyway. I'm going to try contacting apple support to see if they know of anything. They probably don't, but who knows?
     
  11. kap91 thread starter macrumors member

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    I think I found a really good way to achieve this. You're tip about dashboard really put me onto it. All you need to do is drag a clock/calendar widget onto the desktop!!! Either take it straight from the widget selector, press F12 while still dragging, then let go of it where you want it. Start your slideshow and BOOM its there on top of the slideshow. There is a slight problem in that if you activate dashboard the widget will end back up there, however if you use a program like Onyx to enable the developer mode of dashboard then you're set. I think this is close to the perfect solution, aside from it actually being implemented into Keynote. Thanks to all who offered your advice.
     
  12. Bunsen macrumors member

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    Two words..
    Quartz Composer!
    I've been playing with QC to make some things that couldn't be done in Keynote 06, and one was a small .qtz file that creates a live clock when played. Keynote treats it like a quicktime file; you just tell it to loop and it displays the current time. It works great, has an alpha channel. and is a tiny file.
    I just re-installed everything on my computer recently, and haven't reloaded the developer tools yet, or I would just whip you up one that also had the date, but here's the one I made.
     

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  13. millap macrumors regular

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    Excellent !!!

    I'm gonna dig out the developer tools now and have a play. This is the way to go, for sure.
     

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