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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.
Presenter Notes give you a place to create comments for yourself while you are making a presentation, to help prompt you along with your slides. Let me show you how you get at those. I'm going to go into the toolbar here at the View button and pull down to Show Presenter Notes. You can see here this lower part of the screen opened up, and this is a free text area where you can type in pretty much anything your like. You can see here I have just created some brief notes. These are really handy to have available to you while you are giving your presentation to give perhaps more detail about the slide, give you some prompts for what the main points is that you are talking about.
It's pretty much whatever you want. Use it in whatever way it works for you. Keep in mind the Presenter Notes are just that. They are notes for the presenter, not for your audience, so these won't show up on the screen when your presentation is happening. They are going to show up in your Presenter View, which we talk about in our video on the Presenter View. These notes will also show up on the iPhone Remote app as well. So you can have can have access to your notes while you are perhaps walking around the stage. You can look down your iPhone and see these notes that you have included with each slide. So notes are pretty straightforward. You can copy and paste from other sources into here.
I do want to make one distinction between notes and comments. I'm going to go up here to View and pull down to Show Comments. A comment is generally thought of as something that is collaborative. So the comment will follow along a file. 'should you post it to iWork.com?' for instance. Whereas notes don't necessarily show up that way. So you think of comments as ways to collaborate with others. You can also have them as reminders to yourself perhaps for a particular part of the slide. They have a bit of different function. So keep that in mind. Presenter Notes are best used when you just want to have notes for yourself while you are giving a live presentation. So if you could use helpful prompts during your presentation, use Presenter Notes.
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