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Exploring the user interface

From: Keynote '09 Essential Training

Video: Exploring the user interface

Before we get started in going through the details, I thought it would be a good idea to give you a broad overview of the major interface elements in Keynote. This main window is called the Canvas. This is where almost all of action takes place. This is where we build our slides, etcetera. To the left is the Slide Navigator. This column along here and it does like the name applies. It's the way you can navigate through your slide program. Notice that this slide, slide number 4 has this blue background behind it letting us know that this is the slide that's currently selected. Notice also this frame around this particular slide. What that means is that this particular slide as a whole isn't in selected state. If I click into the canvas of this slide for instance, that yellow box goes away, but the blue background remains. So now, our selected state is within the canvas. So let me demonstrate that by doing a Command+A.

Exploring the user interface

Before we get started in going through the details, I thought it would be a good idea to give you a broad overview of the major interface elements in Keynote. This main window is called the Canvas. This is where almost all of action takes place. This is where we build our slides, etcetera. To the left is the Slide Navigator. This column along here and it does like the name applies. It's the way you can navigate through your slide program. Notice that this slide, slide number 4 has this blue background behind it letting us know that this is the slide that's currently selected. Notice also this frame around this particular slide. What that means is that this particular slide as a whole isn't in selected state. If I click into the canvas of this slide for instance, that yellow box goes away, but the blue background remains. So now, our selected state is within the canvas. So let me demonstrate that by doing a Command+A.

You can see all of these objects were selected when I did that. I'm going to click off, click back on to this slide, notice the yellow frame again, hit Command+A this time, and notice now all of the slides are selected as whole units. So this is an important distinction that will be especially important when you want to copy slides from one presentation to another. At the bottom is the Thumbnail View indicator. Right now, we are on Large, and we can make these thumbnails smaller by choosing Small or Medium. We are going to leave it on Large because it's pretty helpful to see what's going on there.

This is the Screen Magnification View for the canvas. If I click and hold and pull up here, you can see I can set my screen for different magnifications. Here at 100%, it gets pretty large. This is handy if you want to go in and do some detailed work. But for now we are going to be keep it on Fit-in-Window, which is a nice function because no matter how you scale your window, as I'll do here, you'll see if the presentation stays within it. That's pretty handy. Next step is the main menu. We are not going to go through all these menu items, in fact we are not going to be using them very much because of the interface for Keynote is available through these other tools, but when we do need to go to the menu, of course, we will.

The next major part of the interface is the toolbar. This has all the major functions that you are going to want to use, and when you hover over one of these tools, you will get a tool-tip. It tells you exactly what it does. Underneath the toolbar is the Format bar, and the Format bar is interesting because it's contextual, meaning that it changes depending on what's selected. Let me show you I'm going to click here on slide 1, to get that slide in the canvas, and I'm going to click here on this text object and look up here at the Format bar, you can see that the elements there have changed that are all related to Formatting text.

Similarly, if I click here on this table element, you can see the Format bar change for Tables. Here I want to click on the Charts, and here for Shape. So you can see that that changes depending on what is the active thing that's selected at the time. Format bar is very handy because of its proximity to the canvas, and we'll be using it as often as possible because it's so convenient. The other major part of the Keynote Interface and indeed of all of your iWork Apps is the Inspector. I can click this Inspector button. It brings up this floating window. There are 10 different inspectors relating to different functions of what you are doing, and I would like to think of the inspector as the place you go for all of the real detail work.

This is where we are going to be doing a lot of specific settings. So it's one of the major parts of the Keynote interface. Other floating windows include Fonts. This is the standard Mac-OS Fonts window, the Colors Palette, a similar floating window. This can all be moved around to place them where you want them. The Media Inspector is very handy for pulling in different types of media from different parts of either your iLife applications or parts of your finder. I'll close this out now. And the last major part of the interface I want to show you is how it looks when we actually play a slideshow. I can click the Play button. This starts up a slideshow, and you can see it goes into Full-screen Mode. This mode is where we are going to go to take a look at exactly how our slide is behaving in its final presentation form, and I hit Escape to come out of that.

The Keynote interface is designed to let you focus on the content of your presentation, rather than fumbling with a complex interface.

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Keynote '09 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 6s
    1. Welcome
      1m 15s
    2. Using the exercise files
      51s
  2. 13m 57s
    1. Exploring the user interface
      3m 54s
    2. Customizing the user interface
      2m 11s
    3. Using the Media Browser
      1m 42s
    4. Understanding the Document Warning
      2m 57s
    5. Understanding Keynote themes
      3m 13s
  3. 13m 8s
    1. Understanding master slides
      4m 45s
    2. Making changes to slides and masters
      3m 54s
    3. Creating a media placeholder on a master slide
      2m 18s
    4. Creating an object placeholder on a master slide
      2m 11s
  4. 12m 53s
    1. Layout and alignment of objects
      7m 28s
    2. Understanding stacking order
      5m 25s
  5. 35m 44s
    1. Working with free text objects
      4m 23s
    2. Comparing types of text objects
      4m 14s
    3. Formatting text in Keynote
      4m 5s
    4. Working with shape objects
      6m 40s
    5. Working with advanced shapes and colors
      5m 44s
    6. Using connection lines
      4m 40s
    7. Adding hyperlinks
      5m 58s
  6. 32m 43s
    1. Adding and formatting tables
      4m 16s
    2. Building conditional formatting and calculations
      4m 48s
    3. Chart types
      3m 44s
    4. Working with chart data
      5m 17s
    5. Formatting charts
      6m 10s
    6. Working with 3D charts
      5m 10s
    7. Linking charts with Numbers '09
      3m 18s
  7. 29m 17s
    1. Working with graphic files
      7m 49s
    2. Working with multimedia files
      4m 41s
    3. Applying masks
      6m 55s
    4. Applying image adjustments
      4m 15s
    5. Using the Instant Alpha tool
      5m 37s
  8. 18m 8s
    1. Using 2D and 3D transitions
      6m 11s
    2. Creating transitions with text effects
      3m 9s
    3. Creating transitions with object effects
      4m 16s
    4. Introducing Magic Move
      4m 32s
  9. 30m 27s
    1. Using basic build parameters
      7m 33s
    2. Expanding on basic builds
      5m 20s
    3. Creating table and chart builds
      6m 41s
    4. Using smart builds
      3m 21s
    5. Building basic actions
      3m 43s
    6. Creating actions on a path
      3m 49s
  10. 28m 36s
    1. Using the Document Inspector
      5m 39s
    2. Organizing slides in the slide navigator
      2m 57s
    3. Organizing a presentation in Outline mode
      2m 54s
    4. Playing a slideshow
      2m 46s
    5. Adding notes
      1m 42s
    6. Using the Presenter Display
      5m 21s
    7. Recording narration for a slideshow
      3m 2s
    8. Using remote controls
      4m 15s
  11. 34m 54s
    1. Saving Keynote files
      5m 39s
    2. Saving a Keynote presentation as a PowerPoint file
      2m 17s
    3. Exporting presentations as PDFs
      3m 56s
    4. Sharing a Keynote presentation as a QuickTime movie
      7m 57s
    5. Exporting presentations as still images
      2m 14s
    6. Adding comments on a presentation
      1m 42s
    7. Collaborating with iWork.com
      7m 54s
    8. Printing presentations
      3m 15s
  12. 21s
    1. Goodbye
      21s

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