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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.
New to Keynote '09 are the text effect to slide transitions that animate only the text objects between slides. This is a really interesting new idea. I want to show you the various text effects that are available to you. We're going to start off by clicking on Slide 3 and notice we have this text object here and these photographs below. Slide 4 we have a text object here and the photographs above that. Going back to Slide 3, I'll open up the Inspector, click on the Slide and the Transition and I'm going to go to the Anagram effect.
Now the first thing that came up here you'll see this warning sheet from Apple. It's letting us know that you're using a text effect, you have to make sure you have text on the receiving slide as well, otherwise it won't work. That's the gist of this particular message. It's handy to have in case you're wondering why things aren't working out the way you expected them to. Click Play so we can see how this transition looks. So there is our slide. I'll press the Advance key and you can see that text bits went down from the first slide to the second slide and the photographs just dissolved from one to the next.
So anything that's not a text object goes to a dissolve, but anything that's text, will do this letter exchange. I am going to press the Back arrow key so we can start back at the slide. I'll show you again. Look at the letters they are going to fall from this first one. I'm going to press it now. The second one. So they took some of the common letters that were common to both of those and did this really interesting and elegant transition. Press Escape. It's kind of a neat effect. Let me go back to Slide 3 and show you that you can also do an arcing kind of a fall so that, as you can see here in the preview window, it's sort of lifts up and then falls down again. Now while I'm still here on Slide 3, let's look at another text effect. This one is called Sparkle.
Press Play to preview. So here's Slide 3. I'll press the advance key and you see a sparkle come in. Press Escape. That didn't look so hot. Going back to Slide 3, what Sparkle does is it will give you that Sparkle effect on the text going out as well as the text going in. And because the text on these two particular slides was in such a different place, it didn't look quite right. Now that I know that, I'm going to back to Anagram for that one, because that worked up pretty well.
Click on Slide 4 and then reveal Slide 5. You can see here this relationship the text is in the same spot. So with Slide 4 selected, let's give that the Sparkle effect and I'll press Play. You can see here as I press advance, that because of the text is in the same spot that effect worked pretty well. One went away while the other one came up and it flowed nicely. So these are good things to look for when you start using some of these more complicated effects is you don't want them to call too much attention to themselves. The design of your slide will help you determine which is the best effect to use.
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