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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.
When it comes down to the time you are going to make a presentation to your audience, you have a lot of controls about how your slide show is going to play. Let me run through this slideshow and I'm going to hit Play to show you some of these features. The first slide has an automatic build and advancing the slide I'm hitting the forward keys in my particular way. There's a lot of choices. You can hit this spacebar, which I just did. Have a look at all the different ways, a mouse click of course, and in this case because there are no hyperlinks or movies on these slides, my mouse is invisible, but you can click it forward that way.
We have a chapter on using remotes, either the Apple remote or the iPhone app for changing the slides. I want to check those out. While you are in Slide mode let's say you have an interruption or you want to call the tension away from the screen, I'm going to hit the B key right now, and the screen goes to black. That could be pretty handy if you want to not have the audience focused on the screen, but you want to make another point or perhaps something happens, some interruption you just want to break the energy a little bit. You can hit the spacebar to come back. Also the W key gives you a white screen. So you'd choose to do that. I think one of the cool features is let's say you know someone on your presentation, you might want to breakout of the presentation and show website.
If I ran so far ahead of time and set up a website, and I know it's running in the background, I can hit the H key, and when I do that, it takes you back to your desktop and whatever app you had running last will show up there. So now I'm back in safari and I could talk about this or that. But one thing I want to point out, for those who have use spaces feature in Keynote, make sure that this app is in the same space as your Keynote presentation. Right now we are not running spaces, but that's one little tip you want to make sure that whatever you have in the background you want to show is going to be in the same space. So now if I want to go back to my presentation, go down to the doc, we'll see here in Keynote it has this green arrow, letting us know that Keynote is in presentation mode, and when I click on that, we'll go right back to where we were. Now another nice thing is a lot of times after a presentation is over, let's say you have a question and answer session and someone say something, reminds of a particular slide you want to go back to, hitting the + key brings up the slide browser, and there you could jump to any slide right away.
Very quickly you can get a quick preview of your slide and say yes that's right, we are talking about this, and double click on that, and it goes straight there. Another handy thing, if you happen to know that you want to go to slide 13, you can type in 1, 3, and hit Return, and then you can quickly go to that slide. And if you are ever stuck or want to get familiar with more of the commands you can hit the question key, and it will bring up the shortcut window, so you can see what to do next. Now keep in mind, all these things I have been showing you now, show up on your presentation screen. So your audience is going to be seeing this as well. We are going to talk little bit later about presenters' displays, and a lot of these functions are available there. So your slide show to the audience will always stay clean. But some of these functions are going to be very handy when you are making a presentation.
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