Apple's Keynote is the equal of Microsoft's PowerPoint and lets you create elegant, powerful presentations.
Clean design: As you'd expect, Keynote has a well-designed interface, with most tools a click or two away. Themes are wide-ranging and elegant, from simple black to leather-book.
Tailor your presentations: Keynote comes with a broad collection of predefined styles for paragraphs and shapes, for example, and you can change the look of objects and define your own styles.
Works across platforms: You can store Keynote presentations on iCloud, and you can edit and display presentations on OS X and iOS devices as well as Keynote for iCloud. Changes sync automatically across platforms.
Collaboration: You can easily send a copy of the presentation via email or share through iCloud. Through iCloud, you can work on slides with others, see edits, and add comments.
Transitions and animations: Keynote lets you create transitions between slides, animate objects on a slide, and use the Magic Move transition to have objects move from a beginning point on one slide to an ending point on the next.
Add media: You can add images and video to slides. You can also create a soundtrack for your presentation and record a voice narration.
Customizable presenter display: Move, resize, and customize objects on your presenter display to get just the right view you want.
Comparisons to PowerPoint: While Keynote is in most ways on equal footing with Microsoft's powerhouse presentation software, Keynote's lack of a native Windows version can be a disadvantage for those who work in a multiplatform environment.
Apple's Keynote is a powerful and elegant presentation app that can hold its own with Microsoft's PowerPoint. If you live in the Apple ecosystem, Keynote should be your go-to presentation app.
Easily create gorgeous presentations with the all-new Keynote, featuring powerful yet easy-to-use tools and dazzling effects that will make you a very hard act to follow.
The Theme Chooser lets you skim through an impressive collection of 30 new and updated Apple-designed themes. Once you've chosen the perfect canvas for your presentation, simply replace the placeholder text and graphics with your own words and images. Easy-to-use tools let you add tables, charts, shapes, photos, and videos to slides--and bring it all to life with cinematic animations and transitions that look as though they were created by your own special effects team. Animate your data with new interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts.
Use iCloud to keep your presentations up to date across all your devices. You can instantly share a presentation using just a link, giving others the latest version and the ability to edit it directly with Keynote for iCloud beta from www.icloud.com using a Mac or PC browser.
With Keynote, you have all the tools you need to make an amazing presentation quickly and easily.
"Creates a big problem for existing Keynote users"
"Creates a big problem for existing Keynote users"
November 24, 2013
Version: Apple Keynote 6.0.1
As with all other version of Keynote, this one does the job elegantly. It is a clear alternative to PowerPoint and I have used it for years--since it began. This version now utilizes the Cloud and allows users to open files from multiple devices easily (although I've always been able to do this with DropBox). Apple has changed some of the ways of doing things, but they are all there, I think.
This version has some fundamental changes in the way things are done. I have trouble finding simple things, like the list of master slides, for example. But far worse, none of my existing Keynote presentations will now open unless I first open them in Keynote '09 and then save them to the new version. I have hundreds of presentations, so this is a major pain--especially since my app cleaner removed the '09 version of iWork when I upgraded. So beware: save your older version of Keynote (and I assume the rest of your iWork apps). You will need them unless Apple fixes this problem.
Good, dependable Keynote, but with a major issue: you can't open older Keynote files with this version!!!
Drag and drop video clips onto the slide. Cool transitions.
When I change the screen resolution to fill the screen of my computer, the size of the working aea of the slide increases and I can't see it all at once.
I was having problems with PowerPoint - it would suddenly quit while playing embedded videos. Keynote works just fine doing this. Also, Keynote does not lose links to videos when you move it from one computer to another.
April 26, 2006
Version: Apple Keynote 3.0.1
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I can't believe that Apple STILL has not implemented the ability to start audio with a specific slide and end the audio a specific number of slides later. This is a standard with Powerpoint. I LOVE Keynote. So much better than powerpoint, but c'mon apple - people need the ability to control audio if they are going to give great presentations. Currently I have to play audio seperately through my ipod and it is not a smooth operation. All you can do with Keynote is to play a song all the way through when you start the show. A bit lame!
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I really enjoy using keynote, and prefer it to Office... It is much more elegant and easier to use once you figure it out.
To the other poster about the "upgrade policy" -- get with it buddy, Microsoft updates office roughly every year-- this full-point upgrade will cost you as well... but the minor point updates are free.
You are buying a specific version, it works-- continue using it.
January 26, 2006
Version: Apple Keynote 3.0.0
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Keynote lacks some features that I'd like. But what it has is done with style and class. I gave up on PowerPoint with Keynote 2.0 and haven't looked back since. Keynote a terrific application with great potential.
As a lifelong Mac user, I only hope that Apple keeps up the good work. I recall MacDraw, MacProject and other Apple developed software that were innovative in their day, but their development languished. I hope that Keynote (and Pages) continue to evolve at a reasonable pace.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Cool looking update.
Some new variations on the themes.
Still noticing all the newness.
Had 1 freeze needing a force quit when trying to recreate a previous 2.0.2 project as a test, but the 2nd time it worked (on expertly maintaned mac)
... BUT.. When you install this application, it is 1.01 GB in size.
That is over 5 times larger than the previous version.
December 11, 2005
Version: Apple Keynote 2.0.2
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Apple, please don't foresake Keynote.
It's a great program so far, but still lacks important features. It's far better than PowerPoint in many respects and is one reason I continue to by Macintosh computers. However, I'm concerned that Apple will let it wane as it has done with many great programs in the past.
March 17, 2005
Version: Apple Keynote 2.0.1
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Really love this product, and while I can sympathize with thos who need audio, like many presenters the only only audio my audience gets is the droning of my voice :-)
[well, and/or their own, depending on the format...]
I've only ever had one crash with v2 (and one before that with v1), but hopefully v2.01 will address whatever issues there are left.