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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.
Actions allow you animate an object within a slide to help you add emphasis. Let me look at this particular build for this set of bullet points here. I'll select them. I'll go to Inspector and drag my Build Inspector over here a little bit. Click on More Options. You can see I have these four bullet point set up, so they are coming as a Dissolve By Highlighted Bullet, and we have set the timing individual for each one. So we can see each individual build separately. My goal on this is to bring down a triangle that's going to point each of these bullet points and then move down in front of next bullet point by the time the next one comes up. Just to add an extra pointer so your audience follows along with where you are going. So to do that I'm going to build the shape of that pointer. I'll just use a triangle, and let me scale it down a bit, and I'll Command+Shift+Rotate, scale it down even a bit more. Let me give it a red color. It's bit bright so turn it down a little bit, 70% looks good.
And now position this in the place where I want it to initially appear, and I want to give this one Build In. So I want it to initially come in at the same time that this bullet point comes in. So I'll assign to this triangle a Flip Build from Top to Bottom. Nothing too garish. And now in the sequence of the Build Order I wanted to happen at the same time that bullet 4 Valve per Cylinder builds in. So with it positioned right underneath that in terms of the order, I'll go down to Start Build and say Automatically with build 2. So it will flip in at the same time that that bullet happens. So next I want to move this triangle to this position then this one and then this one at the same time as the other three.
So really I want to add three movements, and the fastest way to do that is I'll have this object selected, I'll go under here under the Action tab and you can see here this button for adding an action. I'm going to click it three times. You can see what happens. They gave me three standard moves, which happen to go horizontally. You can see here in the Build Order it added the three moves themselves. So I'm going to come over here, I'm going to start with this last one. I'll click on it and you can see I get a crosshair on my pointer over this red diamond with the black dot in the middle.
I click and hold and now I'm moving that object. In other words I'm changing its position of its final move. I'm just doing it a little bit out of order. You see I'll click and hold, pull this down so it lines up. It's just a little bit faster way to do each individual one. Here I'll click on this one so I can activate that red diamond. Bring it down, and line it up visually there. Great! So now I have this object building in and then three move actions, which are represented here. So I'm going to move this one so it will happen right after number 4. This one will happen after number 6. As we call this indicator lets me know that this shape is going to be building in at the same time or with that one, because of that little L bracket.
So I want to same thing to happen with these other three shapes. I want them to build in with those bullets. So to do that quickly I can Command+Click on all three of those shapes, and here on the Start Build I'll say build Automatically with the prior Build. So let's play this and see how it looks. I want to make sure I have my slide selected. I'll press Play. So that was the First build of that subtitle. I'll hit the Advance key that flip was my initial build of that triangle. Hit the Advance again. You see it moves as the other bullet points dissolves in.
So you should use Actions if you want to manipulate an object within a slide quickly and easily and you can do it as many times as you like.
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