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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keynote for Mac OS X

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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keynote for Mac OS X


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  • Copyright 2004
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-3101-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3101-2

Priced at $99, Keynote is the new application that promises to bring to everyone the ability to create stunning, professional-quality presentations. It includes professionally designed themes, top-end typography, animated charts and tables, and cinematic quality transitions. Keynote has Apple's traditional elegance and ease-of-use, with intuitive controls and beautiful graphics.

Keynote 1.0 has been positively reviewed by the press. Though Apple has not yet released any sales figures, it is clear that the software is gaining rapid adoption. According to MacCentral, the company's CFO was saying that its software sales were great, "fueled by the release of iLife, Keynote, and Final Cut Express." The First Looks reviews are just coming out now, but they are undeniably positive.

This book shows users how to:

  • Design compelling presentations swiftly, using Keynote's advanced typography, gorgeous charts, and included layout themes.
  • Give a presentation pizzazz by using spiffy visual effects like slide transitions, builds, and element effects.
  • Easily manage a presentation's pace using Keynote's thumbnail viewer, slide navigator, and grouping capabilities.
  • Precisely control how to convey a message with advanced but easy-to-use anti-aliased text, dynamic alignment guides and multimedia components.

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Online Sample Chapters

Creating Tables Using Keynote for Mac OS X

Using Tables

Table of Contents


Public Speaking-Then and Now. Enter the World of Keynote. How to Use This Book. Conventions Used in This Book.

1. Beginning Skills: Getting to Know Keynote.

What Keynote Is All About. What Keynote Can Do. Working with the Keynote Screen. Introducing the Inspector. Creating Your First Presentation. Creating Tables in Slides. Organizing Slides. Playing the Slideshow. Saving Your Work. Introducing Builds. Introducing Transitions.

2. Working with Text.

The Truth About Presentation Text. Entering Text on Slides. Working with Fonts and Styles. Using the Text Inspector. Using Bullets and Numbering. Setting Text Tabs. Importing Text.

3. Using Tables.

The Wonderful World of Tables. Creating a Table. Moving Around in a Table. Entering and Formatting Text. Formatting Cells, Rows, and Columns. Inserting Graphics in Tables.

4. Using Charts.

The Wonderful World of Charts. Creating a Chart. Choosing a Chart Style. Working with Chart Data. Formatting Charts. Special Issues with Pie Charts.

5. Working with Graphics.

Understanding How to Use Graphics in Presentations. Working with the Colors Dialog Box. Working with Line Art. Working with Images. Using Alignment Guides to Precisely Position Text and Objects. Grouping Objects. Working with Graphics.

6. Working with Backgrounds and Multimedia.

Changing Slide Backgrounds and Colors. Adding Visual Interest to Objects by Using the Opacity Setting. Using Audio in a Presentation. Using Video in a Presentation.

7. Managing Presentations.

Working with Keynote Views. Rearranging Slide Order. Grouping Slides. Skipping Slides While Viewing a Slideshow. Working with Master Slides and Layouts. Creating Speaker Notes. Spell Checking and Find and Replace.

8. Exploring Transitions and Builds.

Using Transitions Between Slides. What Are Builds? Creating Multiple-Build Slides.

9. Viewing and Printing a Presentation.

Viewing a Slideshow. Slideshow Viewing Preferences. Creating a QuickTime Presentation. Creating a PDF File of a Presentation. Printing a Presentation. Working with Presentation Hardware.

10. Extending Keynote.

Creating New Themes. Creating New Master Slides. Keynote and Microsoft PowerPoint.

Appendix A: Installing Keynote.

Making Sure Your Mac Is Ready for Keynote. Installing Keynote.

Appendix B: Keynote Keyboard Shortcuts.

Appendix C: Helpful Keynote Web Sites.



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