If you see one more boring PowerPoint, you’ll…. Hold that thought. If you’re running Mac OS X, Keynote gives you a brilliant alternative. This is the tool for creating the presentations you always imagined. Layered graphics, opacity adjustments, breathtaking Quartz-rendered typography, 3D transitions you must see to believe…integrated QuickTime…. Keynote will wake your audience from its PowerPoint-templated stupor and shock them to attention. And it’s easy -- especially if you own Keynote for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide.
Expert presenter Tom Negrino has written the task-based guide to Keynote. You’ll find all the step-by-step instructions, screen shots, tips, and sidebars you expect from this series…plus the author’s own powerful insights on effective presentation.
Here are the nuts and bolts: slide masters, type, and Keynote’s rich graphics features: resizing, rotation, layering, fills, borders, drop shadows, transparency, and more. Want to include rich media? Here’s how to record MP3 narrations, insert Flash, even composite images and movies (try that in PowerPoint)!
There’s thorough coverage of tables, charts, and transitions, and a chapter on actually making your presentation -- from printing producer scripts to displaying on dual monitors.
Negrino also shows how to import AppleWorks presentations, Microsoft Office tables and imagery, and database data. Of course, there’s practical help with PowerPoint import/export. Not everyone’s lucky enough to have Keynote. Let’s just keep this competitive advantage our little secret, shall we? Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.