Mac Keynote is a complete course with 50 lessons including short practical examples of how to build interesting and compelling slides. It includes more than three hours of video tutorials and example files.
This course starts with a simple Keynote example. You will build a short presentation using a basic built-in theme. Then you will see how easy it is to present that presentation.
From there, you will move on to learn how to build more complex slides using elements like text, images, shapes, lines, audio and video. You’ll see how to use arrangement and alignment tools to make your own slides look great.
You will also learn about transitions and animation. You’ll see how to add transitions between slides, and to build a slide one element at a time. The course also covers animation using Magic Move and other techniques.
You will then learn more advanced uses for presentations such as creating videos and making stand-alone interactive kiosks. Other advanced techniques covered include altering and making your own themes, printing, and collaborating with others.
Whether you need to use Keynote for work, school, or to create Internet content, this course can get you up to speed fast. It does not assume that you have prior experience with other presentation software. However, if you have used something like PowerPoint in the past, you can also use this course to quickly learn the ins-and-outs of Keynote.
Create a new document by choosing a theme and saving the file.
Continue to add a variety of different types of slides to your presentation.
Learn how to rearrange slides using a variety of methods.
See the basics of presenting using Keynote.
Keynote has built-in tools that make it easy to perfectly align objects on a slide.
Use alignment guides to arrange a set of objects on a slide.
Learn how to use text boxes on themed slides and how to add your own text boxes.
Use Text Styles to easily update text fonts, sizes, colors and more across your entire presentation.
Use text boxes to make simple words come alive on a slide.
Learn how to add basic shapes such as rectangles and circles to a slide.
Learn how to add your own images to a slide and adjust them.
Use an image as a background to make the text on a slide more interest.
Use an image in a frame to accompany some text.
Learn how to quickly create a slideshow in Keynote.
Learn how to add line shapes to a slide.
Use connection lines to build a simple flowchart.
Learn how to draw complex sets of lines and curves on a slide.
Learn how to use alignment tools, arrangement tools, position properties and other techniques to position and arrange objects on a slide.
Learn how to add a table to show a grid of information.
Learn how to add a chart to a slide.
See how a chart can be customized to make a compelling slide.
Learn about interactive charts that can be used to show information with an added dimension.
Learn how to add a video to a slide.
Learn how to add an audio segment to a slide or the entire presentation.
Learn how to add transitions between slides.
See how some transitions can add to the message of a presentation.
Learn how transitions on a per-object basis can be used to build the information on a slide
By combining a complex line and the Line Draw transition, you can create simple animation.
See how you can build the items in a text field one at a time
Learn how to use Magic Move to create animation between slides.
Watch how Magic Move makes a simple slideshow more interesting.
Learn how to set up your presentation between your Mac’s display and the main presentation display.
Add notes to your presentation to help you practice or to help you while presenting.
Learn how to print your presentation in a variety of formats for review of as handouts.
Learn how to record your voice an actions while presenting to create a video that you can share.
See how others can review your presentation and add comments.
You can add active hyperlinks to your Keynote presentation that you can use while presenting, or that can be used by others while viewing the presentation.
Learn how to create buttons that link from slide to slide so you can create non-linear presentations.
Learn how to set up a presentation so it can run as a trade show kiosk or other stand-alone station.
See how to build a self-running interactive presentation using slide links and the proper document settings.
Use your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to control a Mac running Keynote.
Learn how to edit the master slides of a document to create your own template.
See how you can use master slides to makes changes across a set of similar slides.
You can export just the master slides from a presentation to create a new theme. You can add it to the Theme Chooser you see when you create a new document in Keynote, or save it as an external file.
While Keynote does let you export as a PowerPoint file, you want to be careful and test your exports early and often. There are enough differences between the two apps that you can run into incompatibilities easily.
Learn where to get good quality images for your presentations and how to do it in accordance with copyright laws.
Learn how to view and use keyboard shortcuts so you can present like a pro.
Gary Rosenzweig is an Internet entrepreneur, software developer, and technology writer. He runs CleverMedia, Inc., which produces websites, computer games, apps, and podcasts.
CleverMedia’s largest site, MacMost.com, features more than 1,000 video tutorials for Apple enthusiasts. It includes many videos on using Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Gary has written more than 30 mass-market computer books, including the best-selling book My iPad, The MacMost Guide to Switching to the Mac, My Pages, ActionScript 3.0 Game Programming University, and Special Edition Using Director MX. He also has self-published titles such as 101 Mac Tips and The Practical Guide to Mac Security.
Gary has a computer science degree from Drexel University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.