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Keynote is Apple's iWork application for creating effective and impressive presentations. In Keynote '09 Essential Training, presentation designer Craig Syverson teaches new and experienced Keynote users how to apply this program to its full potential. Craig demonstrates the entire creative process, from building basic slides with text and images and using the new built-in themes, to distributing the final product. Exercise files accompany the course.
Keynote provides the option to apply comments to your slides in the form of sticky notes. If you want to add a comment, go here to the toolbar, click on Comment and it drops down a sticky note like object. You can grab it when the arrow tool shows up, move it in place, click inside and now type in something, a message here. Now the style sticky notes is the default style, this yellow color and the Marker Felt type base. Comments are interesting things in Keynote, they kind of act like objects but don't worry they are not. These are not going to show up in your final presentation. But you do have the capacity to actually change the color, change the font. In the Metrics Inspector you can set the size and location of them. So they kind of look like they are going to be objects but they don't have any other object characteristics.
You could go ahead and change the font size and color if you wanted to, if you wanted them to stick out or if you wanted them to be distinct from one another. But keep in mind every time you create a new comment, it will revert back to the default. We Play the presentation just so you can see that indeed -- they are not there, so you see I have this first slide, second slide and so on without the comment. Hit Escape there, you can see them of course in the thumbnail so that's very helpful. You can hide all of them at once if you want by going up to View and choose Hide Comments. They are getting in your way. Bring them back by doing Show Comments. And you can get rid of individual ones if you want by going up to the comment itself and clicking on the Close button there.
So you can use Comments to create messages that will act as reminders to yourself or to help in collaborating with others.
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