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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.
The other type of placeholder we should talk about are called Object Placeholders. Let me show you how they work. Click on Slide 5 and I want to edit the master associated with this slide. Pull down here. Click on this one. It's called Title & Object. Pull up the Master Slide Inspector. You can see I have the Title & Body objects clicked and now I'm going to add the Object Placeholder by just clicking that box. Let me close out my Inspector here. I can scale this box down a bit, I'm going to grab this edge here while holding down the Option key I'm going to be dragging it in just to keep it centered and it looks about right.
Next let me go back to the slide itself. I'll scroll down here. In fact I'll push up this shelf to get it out of the way. Click on Slide 5 and because I changed the master, I'm going to reapply the master to the slide because I have some of the changes here. And there we see our Object Placeholder waiting for something. It says to drag an object there, so let's do that. I'll go to the Media Browser, grab one of these photos and pull over and drop it in and you can see it behaves very much like the Media Placeholder does. Now one difference between an Object Placeholder and a Media Placeholder in terms of photographs is that if I drag another photograph on top of it, it won't replace it like a Media Placeholder does, it's just sort of drops it on top.
So I'll delete that photograph and in fact, if I delete the photo off of this Object Placeholder, you will see that the Object Placeholder remains there and you can see it's a really good way to always have a spot where you want to land a particular photograph. But really an Object Placeholder is best used for Charts and Tables. Now we'll talk more about Charts and Tables later. Let me close out this Media Browser. Click the Charts button here on the toolbar. I'm going to pull down this 3D Bar Chart. Now a bunch of these windows come up, I'll just close them out here. But I just want to show you how this particular chart landed in the spot when the Object Placeholder was defined.
And that's the best use of an Object Placeholder. If you want to drop in a table or a chart, you can predefine the exact spot and the exact dimensions of that chart ahead of time and it really helps you in planning your layouts for all of your slides. So when you want to make sure that your chart or table lands on the same spot, you can use an Object Placeholder for that.
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