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Keynote 3.0

Fantastic presentations made easy By Stephen Schleicher

If you havent checked out Keynote 3.0, then you are missing out on one of the best presentation applications out there. 

For those creating presentations, PowerPoint is the ruling king.  And it is easy to spot one of these presentations as they are often over crowded with text information and lame clip art.  But a presentation is all about enhancing your message, not supplant the presenter.

The great thing about Keynote 3.0 is it is designed to limit the text on the screen and encourage the use of graphics.  In a recent article written by Carmine Gallo, he points out that there are great presenters out there one of them being Steve Jobs.  And when you follow the steps Gallo suggests make for a great presentation, Keynote 3.0 supports them all.

Keep It Visual
Keynote allows you to use a variety of templates to create stunning presentations with included cinema quality effects.  These range from creating a presentation in a 16:9 format, to tools that allow you to animate everything on your screen. 

Instead of creating separate slides for a bullet build, the interleaved build feature in Keynote allows you to animate each item.  The slide transitions are amazing as well, and using just one will make you wonder why you even used that other application.


Present Different
Keynote is certainly not your boss presentation creator.  Side by side anyone with any ounce of sense will be able to tell the difference between PowerPoint and Keynote.  With stunning color schemes and ease of use, you wont be spending hours creating your slides. 

One of the new features in Keynote 3.0 is the ability to apply and create masks to any image on the slide.  This makes the graphic stand out and look like it is actually part of the design, and not something slapped on as an after thought.

The image has a rounded mask, and frame applied. Notice the reflection that helps sell the idea that the image is an important consideration instead of an after thought.

Sell the Benefit
For the business person trying to sell a product or cost benefit, including data is really important.  Keynote 3.0 allows you to create tables and spreadsheets right inside the program.  You can do all the math formulas just like Excel, but with a click of a button, you can turn these tables of boring numbers into charts and graphs.  You are not limited to bar, line, area, pie, and scatter charts, you can actually created true 3D graphs that you can rotate, place, and animate in the presentation.

Practice, Practice, and Practice Some More
Not everyone has a Mac, so you may need to export your wonderful presentation to other formats.  Keynote does allow you to export the file as a PowerPoint presentation that will work on a Mac or PC, but I found PowerPoint doesnt recognize all of the fonts, transitions, and layouts very well.  So dont be surprised if your Keynote presentation looks like it has going through the thrasher when opened in that Microsoft application. 

If you want to keep the presentation looking great, you can also export the file as an interactive QuickTime movie.  These presentations look very good, and a simple mouse click on the screen will trigger the next event.   You will need to practice the presentation to get used to the slight delay in build or transition changes.

And since you are practicing, chances are other will want to make notes or give comments on ways to improve the presentation.  Keynote 3.0 allows everyone to drop notes, to-dos, reminders and more into the presentation for tweaking or corrections later. 

And One More Thing?
Not only does Keynote 3.0 create stunning presentations with ease, the price makes this one of the must have products for the Mac.  iWork06 is only $79.  For the money, you not only get Keynote, but also Pages for text document creation.  With the ease of use, quality templates, and the low price, Keynote 3.0 will take your presentations from ?ho-hum to ?oh-wow. 

I give Keynote 3.0 a must have recommendation.

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Stephen Schleicher is a well known writer, visual effects artist and media guru! You can see more of Stephen at and
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