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Date: Wednesday, 02 Apr 2014 22:33

Apple today released a pile of updates to iWork for both iOS and OS X. Thankfully, they’re posted a nice page with all the updates outlined.

Here’s the page with the Keynote tab selected:

Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "Applications, iWork Updates"
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Date: Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 14:19
Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "iWork Updates"
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 17:56

Apple today announced new versions of iWork for iOS and OS X.

Apple has posted the new Keynote page:


iWork is FREE with the purchase of a new Mac.

New features (updated as we discover them):

  • New single window layout
  • Image styles
  • Font Styles
  • Presentation coach
  • Integrated inspector (built into the document side bar)
  • Simplified Inspector (Format, Animate, Setup)
  • Several new templates
  • Interactive Charts
  • More iCloud integration
  • New “effects” that appear to be pre-defined motion (jiggle, shake, etc) while an object is already on the slide
  • New shadow types
  • New centered canvas (no more sticking to the left side of the screen!)
  • Presenter screen elements can now be organized across multiple screens!
  • Theme selector now only has “standard” and “wide format” instead of pixel dimensions
  • You can now rotate Title and Body boxes on a master slide
  • New Shape tools: Unite, Intersect, Subtract, Exclude
  • New theme thumbnail system (no more scrubbing). This is mostly for theme makers.
  • New theme installer (simply double click the theme and it will ask you if you want to install it)
  • Conditional Highlighting (see this page)
Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "Applications, iWork Updates"
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Date: Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 17:22

Apple today announced that all of the iWork apps plus iPhoto and iMovie for iOS are now free. We’ll post more as we know more, but this will probably mean they will get rolled into the iOS 7 upgrade as stock apps, or they’ll simply mark them as free in the App store.

Hopefully Keynote for OS X will get some love soon too…


Update: just like iLife on a new mac, it looks like only those purchasing a new iPhone or iPad will get the apps for free.

Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "Applications, iWork Updates"
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Date: Monday, 10 Jun 2013 18:10

Apple today announced iWork for iCloud today during their annual World Wide Developer Conference. They also announced that new iOS and desktop versions of iWork are coming later this year (finally!).

We will post more details later today.

Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "Applications, iWork Updates"
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Date: Friday, 08 Mar 2013 15:00

Jumsoft, a developer of high-quality applications and designs for OS X, has released the first batch of new designs for Toolbox for Pages 1.1 and Toolbox for Keynote 1.1 apps. The two updates feature a total of 74 new templates and 55 sets of illustrations. The versatile designs are perfect for creating and illustrating brochures, newsletters, slide presentations, and various other types of content.

Toolbox for Pages and Toolbox for Keynote are free downloads that offer a new, convenient way to view and purchase Jumsoft’s product sets for Apple’s Pages and Keynote applications. In total, the two collections contain hundreds of document templates for Pages, Keynote themes and business-oriented slides, clipart images, doodles, badges, maps, flags, and many more items. Users can purchase these by piece, by category, or by set. In addition, the first item in each category can be downloaded at no charge.

Algirdas Unguvaitis, the general manager of Jumsoft, said, “We released the two toolboxes a couple of months ago and have received plenty of positive feedback and requests for new designs. This is just the first update, and a lot more are yet to come.”

Once an item has been purchased, users can open it in Pages or Keynote with just one click. Most objects in the templates and themes can be edited without difficulty. All images in Elements for Pages/Keynote and clipart sets include transparent backgrounds that allow the images to be placed on various colors and patterns. The PNG format lets users adjust brightness, tint, and other image parameters.

System Requirements:

  • Requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Toolbox for Pages – 77.9 MB
  • Toolbox for Keynote – 35.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Toolbox for Pages 1.1 and Toolbox for Keynote 1.1 are free and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. For prices of the in-app purchases, visit their respective pages on the Mac App Store.

Toolbox for Pages 1.1 and Toolbox for Keynote 1.1
Download from Mac App Store (Toolbox for Pages 1.1)
Download from Mac App Store (Toolbox for Keynote 1.1)

Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "Applications, Keynote Themes, Related Pr..."
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Date: Wednesday, 05 Dec 2012 18:30

Finally. After years of waiting for Keynote for iOS to catch up, Apple releases a solid feature update, combined with updates to the desktop apps to make them compatible with the changes in the new iOS versions.
Among the list of new features is one big standout: Theme support. No longer do you have to use work arounds such as creating .key files with one regular slide for every one master slide just so you can use all the masters in a theme. Most theme makers had to post instructions on how to get usable masters into your iPad and it was clunky and annoying. Good riddance. :)

Here’s Apple’s complete list of new features:

  • Import and export all Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote for Mac slide sizes
  • Import and export presentation themes, complete with master slides and preset styles
  • Play back all Keynote action builds including Move, Rotate, Scale, and Opacity
  • Add new slide transitions including Shimmer and Sparkle
  • Preserve calculations in tables when importing from and exporting to Keynote for Mac
  • Add reflections to shapes
  • New print layouts include options to print with presenter notes, with builds, and without backgrounds
  • Lock and unlock objects
Hopefully, this list is a good sign that Apple hasn’t forgotten their aging presentation app. These incremental updates, plus Apple including the user of Keynote files in apps like iBooks Author keeps a glimmer of hope in our hearts that some day we’ll see a completely new release of iWork, including a new, more powerful version of Keynote. Time will tell…
Important links:
iTunes page for Keynote for iOS
Apple’s support page for the desktop update
Apple’s new iWork compatibility chart


Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "iWork Updates"
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Date: Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 01:39

KeynoteThemePAK introduces the brand new theme “Manhattan”, for Apples presentation software, Keynote, part of iWork ’09. To extend the options available to users, each Manhattan Theme comes in 2 distinct color moods. RED which offers darker and warmer palettes and uses transitional animated elements. And BLUE which uses cooler, lighter shades and remains static. Each template comes with 36 master slides plus supplemental materials.

Also available are specifically formatted iOS versions of Manhattan. Many keynote file features are not supported or have specific settings when opened on the iPad or iPhone. KeynoteThemePak has taken into account all of these issues and optimized these templates for use on the smaller screens of the iPad and iPhone. They can be moved to iCloud or sync’d by way of iTunes easily.

System Requirements:
Users must have iWork ’09 (Keynote 5.1, 5.2) running in Apple’s OSX operating system. For iPad and iPhone require Keynote iOS 1.6 or later.

Pricing and Availability:
Manhattan Standard Definition (SD 800×600 & 1024×768) is priced at $19.00 (USD). High Definition package includes the Standard Definition and High Definition (HD 1920×1080, 1280×720 & 1680×1050) for $29.00, and $39 for HD which includes both SD and HD in addition to special iOS templates for use on the iPhone and iPad. The new Manhattan theme packages can be purchased through the KeynoteThemePAK website.

Visit KeynoteThemePak.com for more information

Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "Keynote Themes"
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Date: Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 14:47

With the release of Mountain Lion today, Apple has updated the iWork suite to 9.2. Major features are support for the Retina display and a new Dicatation feature.

Apple also added iCloud integration, which requires iWork 1.6.1 for iOS if you wish to keep docs in sync between devices. The new dictation feature allows users to “Speak words, numbers, or sentences, and watch them appear in your presentation, document, or spreadsheet.”

Overall, this update is most useful to users of the new 15″ Retina MacBook Pro, but it’s also a sign that they haven’t abandoned the suite. Hopefully we’ll see a brand new release later this year, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

For more information on the new update visit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5248

Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "iWork Updates"
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Date: Monday, 02 Apr 2012 12:10

Keynote Zone, the developer of professionally designed ready-to-use themes for Apple’s Keynote application, is pleased to announce a Spiral Book Keynote theme. This professionally designed theme infuses your presentation with the beauty of modern rationalism and leaves a hint of widely adorable minimalist design. Bright and plastic slides with skillfully designed elements ensure a friendly background for statements, charts or other material you need to expose.

The theme includes 45 layouts, custom designed charts and tables. 8 color schemes for larger inspiration are also included in the “Extras” slide. Spiral Book standard version theme comes in 2 sizes (800×600 & 1024×768) and is available for $16 at Keynote Zone site. Spiral Book HD version theme comes in 5 sizes (800×600, 1024×768, 1280×720, 1680×1050, 1920×1080) and is available for $20.


System Requirements:

  • Mac OS X version 10.4.10 or later
  • iWork ’08 (Keynote 4) or iWork ’09 (Keynote 5)

Pricing and Availability:
The Keynote themes are available for download at Keynote Zone site and are priced $16 (USD) for standard version and $20 (USD) for HD version. The Keynote Zone Collection 11 is available for download for $69.99 (USD).

Keynote Zone
Spiral Book Keynote Theme
Keynote Zone Collection 11

Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "Keynote Themes"
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Date: Friday, 30 Mar 2012 00:30

Paul Woods, writer of  “ESPI at work” has posted a great article on using Keynote as an app or website prototyping app. He highlights 2 great websites that sell collections of Keynote files filled with UI elements you can use to mock up apps.

One great benefit to using Keynote is that you can actually make buttons live as long as they are used for simple things like moving around between screens in your app.

Click here to read the article

Keynote specific prototyping sites:
Click here to visit Keynotopia (affiliate link)
Click here to visit Keynote KungFu

Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "External Stories, Tips"
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Date: Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012 10:00

Slidevana has released updates of its acclaimed Keynote templates that are optimized for the new iPad’s Retina display. The new templates are designed to enable mobile professionals to use their iPads to quickly create and present stunning presentations while on the go. Slidevana’s presentation toolkit contains nearly 300 slide templates including layouts for tables, charts, diagrams, timelines, lists, and common business frameworks. Slidevana is the perfect companion to iWork’s newly updated Keynote for iPad app.

The iPad has become an indispensable tool for many busy professionals. However, its use is often limited to viewing, rather than creating, great content. “I created Slidevana for iOS to enable business people to quickly author great presentations directly on their iPad.”, noted Ravi Mehta, Slidevana’s creator and CEO. “With Slidevana, creating a presentation is as easy as copying the perfect slide layout to capture your message and adding your content. Users of the new iPad can even use its Dictation feature to create powerful presentations without typing a single word.”

Slidevana has been revamped to take advantage of the new iPad’s Retina display. The entire set of graphics and diagrams have been updated to render crisply at the new iPad’s 2048×1536 resolution. Slidevana’s high fidelity graphics and stunning design provides an important advantage for professionals that rely on the iPad as a sales and business development tool. Whether presented directly from the iPad or connected to a video projector, Slidevana for iPad enables professionals to create and deliver presentations that impress and inspire their audience.

Product Features:

  • Designed for iWork Keynote ’09 for Mac and Keynote for iOS
  • Available in two color schemes, Slidevana Dark and Slidevana Light
  • Includes nearly 300 different slide layouts
  • Cut and paste your way to professional presentations
  • Fully customizable with your logos, graphics, and color palette
  • 100% money back guarantee and free lifetime updates

Win a Free Copy of Slidevana:
Enter by March 28th at 11:59 PM PST for your chance to win a free copy of Slidevana. Entry details are provided below.

Pricing and Availability:
Slidevana for Keynote optimized for the new iPad’s Retina display is available now. For a limited time, both Slidevana Dark and Slidevana Light will be bundled together for $69.00 (USD), 50% off the base price of $139. Existing customers will receive a complimentary copy of Slidevana’s Retina-optimized templates.

Slidevana Keynote Templates
The Story Behind Slidevana
Win a Free Copy of Slidevana
Slidevana for Keynote Bundle

Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "Keynote Themes"
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Date: Wednesday, 07 Mar 2012 19:20

The details are still a bit sketchy, so this story will be updated when we know more, but Apple today announced the new iPad 3 and with that, they’ve updated the entire iWork suite for the iPad.

Apple has yet to post information on what changes or additions have made it into Keynote or the rest of the iWork suite, but with all that processing power and screen resolution, we expect to see more visual effects and hopefully more features that bring it into line with the desktop version of Keynote. Hopefully, those with iPads 2s (or iPad 1s) can still get the new features, or at least as many as the processor can handle.

Update: Apple has released the update. It requires iOS 5.1 but does not require an iPad 3 (or The New iPad as Apple is calling it).

Here are the changes listed in the App Store:

  • Create and view stunning 3D bar, like, area and pie charts
  • Animate your 3D charts with Crane, Grow, Radial, Rotate & Grow, and Z Axis builds
  • Keynote 1.6 is enhanced to take advantage of the Retina display on the new iPad
  • Use new builds and transitions including Iris, Shimmer, Wipe, Flame, Perspective, Swing, Object Push, Object Zoom, and Fade Through Color

That’s the good news. The bad news isn’t all that bad. We’ve upgraded and looked through, and on an iPad 2, not all of those new features are available…but it appears that only two transitions are missing: Shimmer and Flame. We can live with that.

Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "Applications, iWork Updates"
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Date: Monday, 05 Mar 2012 14:00

iPresentee has added 10 new themes to their collection: Golden Leaves, Fashion Show, Yellow Arrows, Share Your Story, Snow Summit, Wood Design, Stripes Design, Glorious Day, Hot News and Glossy Paper.

This Keynote themes collection is the largest on the market, enabling Keynote users to choose the perfect theme design for any topic of presentation. Each Theme is available in standard or HD formats with eighteen to twenty three different master slide layouts.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.4.3 Tiger and later
  • iWork 08 or iWork 09
  • 2 GB Hard Drive space

Pricing and Availability:
The latest 10 themes for Keynote are offered at $9.99. Themes bundle which includes 100 themes for Keynote is priced at $29.99. Free Keynote add-ons are offered free of charge and can be downloaded from iPresentee’s website. Samples and more information about Keynote Themes 8.0 are available immediately at the iPresentee website.

The latest themes for Keynote
Keynote Themes

Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "Keynote Themes"
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Date: Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 15:32

Apple today showed off their new (FREE!) iBooks Author app, a new way to author ebooks (including text books). Included in that is a feature allowing you to completely embed a Keynote presentation into your ebook.
A new app that looks like Page’s long lost brother, iBooks Author is now available in the Mac App store as a free download. Along with the ability to embed HTML5, 3d models, video, photos galleries, etc Apple made a point in their demo to show off the ability to embed Keynote presentations. This makes sense if you consider that the iBooks Author is basically built on the same engine that Pages, Keynote and iWeb are based on.

One other benefit of using the same engine is that you are able to copy and paste objects (such as charts and shapes) from any of the other apps into iBooks Author. This has major benefits if you want to build a new book based off a presentation but don’t actually want to embed the presentation.

One glaring omission we’ve noticed in Apple’s new iBooks eco system…no support for reading iBooks on a regular Mac. That means students who already own a Mac laptop still have to buy an iPad. We’ll see if that changes, but it seems like a big limitation. It’s almost like Apple’s new mantra is, “Develop only on Mac, View only on an iPad”. I guess time (and students) will tell if this sticks or not.

We had also hoped that along with iBooks Author, we’d see the release of iWork ’12, but so far nothing new has been announced or released. Knowing that NEW products from Apple are still supporting iWork, it’s a good sign that the suite has NOT been shelved as some have suggested. Hopefully we’ll see a new copy of iWork this year.

Download iBooks Author free from the App store

View the Apple iBooks page

View Apple’s iBooks Author info page

Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "Applications"
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Date: Saturday, 14 Jan 2012 17:14

Tom Negrino, author of several books on Keynote (as well as many other wonderful books) has alerted us to a hilarious new video on youtube that exemplifies every bad presentation ever given. If attended any sort of business meeting in the last 5-10 years that included a projected presentation, you been there. Heck, you may have even GIVEN a presentation like this (ED: I know I have, complete with botched Apple software demo and a bad case of the nervous shakes).

Created by the folks from growingleaders.com we present to you:

Every Presentation Ever: Communication FAIL

Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "External Stories, Resources, Tips"
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Date: Saturday, 03 Dec 2011 02:46

Apple today released a minor update to Keynote 5, bringing it to version 5.1.1

The official Apple description of what has changed is fairly short and to the point:

“This update addresses issues that occur when working with large Keynote presentations on OS X Lion. It also includes improvements in stability and accessibility for Keynote.”

You can get the update through Software Update, the App store or direct from this link.

Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "iWork Updates"
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Date: Thursday, 03 Nov 2011 12:50

Jumsoft, a developer of application templates for Mac OS X, is proud to introduce an addition to its selection of premium-quality design themes for Apple’s Keynote. The five new themes, like the rest of the Pro Themes for Keynote collection, offer up-market quality at a reasonable price.

The Pro Themes for Keynote line offers exceptional and easily customizable designs of top quality at a mass-market price. “Our premium collection for Keynote has been very popular since we introduced it,” says Algirdas Unguvaitis, Jumsoft’s general manager. “Therefore, we are thrilled to launch five more themes, which are suitable for various presentation topics.”

The collection now includes 20 themes for Keynote. The five new ones range from the clear-cut Dusty Blue to the colorful and classy Finesse and the retro-tinged Composure.

The new themes contain up to 34 master slides – a mix of bullet text and photo-oriented layouts. The layouts are polished and modern, with custom bullets, matching tables, and clear charts. All photo slides feature media placeholders that allow a user to crop a placed image neatly into a custom shape. The complimentary Bullets folder includes a set of 15 extra bullet designs, which can be used to further customize any of the themes for a specific case.

Pro Themes for Keynote can be purchased at Jumsoft’s Web site or the Mac App Store. For more information and design samples, readers can visit the company’s Web site.

System Requirements:
iWork 08 or later

Pricing and Availability:
Each theme is $19.99 (USD).

Pro Themes for Keynote (v2.0)
Purchase and Download
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Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "Keynote Themes"
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Date: Saturday, 18 Jun 2011 15:49

We feel terrible that we didn’t get on this bandwagon at the start, but those of you interested still have a day to get involved.

ProfCast Mobile is an app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad that will allow you to create, give, and record presentations from your iOS device.

From the Kickstart Project page:

In January 2010, we released a cool little app called SonicPics that lets you create and narrate custom photo slide shows.  It’s great for digital story telling and people really like it too, but it isn’t a full presentation app that you could use for, say a board meeting or a lecture. That’s what we want to build with ProfCast Mobile.

ProfCast Mobile builds on the foundation of SonicPics, but adds full presentation creation and editing capabilities.  This includes the ability to have animated transitions, add text, shapes, photos and change the layout and theme of your slides.  Animated transitions will help dazzle your audience.  Once your presentation is created, you can give it directly from your iPad or iPhone using ProfCast Mobile.  Use the video out capability and the Apple Digital AV Adapter (sold separately) to connect your iPad to your HDTV or projector. Even better, you can record your presentation as you give it.  Share your narrated presentation on your web site, via email or on YouTube, all from your iOS device!

If you’ve ever used ProfCast to record your Keynote projects, you may want to jump over to the Kickstarter Project page and pledge your support!

ProfCast Mobile Kickstarter Project

Also, here’s a link to a Youtube Video describing the project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpDtspiMp8Q

Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "Applications, Related Products"
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Date: Thursday, 09 Jun 2011 14:00

Graphic Node, a graphic design company that specializes in creating themes, templates, and illustrations for Mac OS X, has announced another addition to its assortment of themes for Apple’s Keynote. Ten new themes have been added to the 10 designs from the previous version of Still Themes, which allows Keynote users to explore different ways of transforming their presentations into standout productions.

Graphic Node’s Still Themes equips users with an extensive collection of design options for composing their Keynote presentations or movies. All 20 themes were developed by a team of skilled designers with a knack for novelty and sophistication. Among the highlights of the newly added themes are the spry and summery Natural, fervently stylish Edgy Carmine, and delicate Airy Fairy.

“Still Themes is a great tool for those who deliver presentations on a regular basis,” said Jolita Unguvaitiene, general manager of Graphic Node. “It adds a touch of professionalism and provides users with an opportunity to make their slideshows more appealing.”

The themes include up to 21 master slides in a mix of bullet text and photo-oriented layouts. The layouts are polished and modern, with custom bullets, matching tables, and easily readable charts. Users can type or paste in their own text, add and remove text boxes, change fonts, and drag their photos or pictures onto presentation slides to supplant the placeholders. The themes are available in the five standard slide sizes supported by Keynote.

Users can view samples of the themes and purchase Still Themes on the Graphic Node website. After the product is downloaded and installed on a computer, the new themes will automatically appear in Themes Chooser of Keynote.

System Requirements:

  • Apple iWork 08 or later

Pricing and Availability:
Still Themes is only $19.00 (USD) and available for purchase and download from the Graphic Node website.

Graphic Node
Stills Themes
Purchase and Download

Author: "Brian Peat" Tags: "Keynote Themes"
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