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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.
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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