PowerPoint 2008 vs. Keynote '08
Posted 16 April 2008 - 06:19 AM
Posted 16 April 2008 - 06:32 AM
One thing not mentioned is the extensive export options. Keynote actually creates a pretty decent Flash presentation, and PDF presentations too. Maybe they require a bit of cleanup, with some HTML coding to make the HTML document the Flash presentation runs in look good. But that's easy for someone with Dreamweaver.
As for themes, I find PowerPoint themes to be dreadful. Garish colors, cheesy graphics. All in all mostly a waste of space on the install disc and hard drive. Keynote's themes are vastly more sophisticated. And one company has created very nice Keynote themes with extensive masters and options for HD, iPod presentations, etc.
Apple has done great things with Keynote in the few years its been out. I hope the innovation continues.
Message was edited by: leicaman
Posted 16 April 2008 - 06:42 AM
And the Keynote themes are classy. PowerPoint's themes are the equivalent of plaid golf pants.
Posted 16 April 2008 - 06:45 AM
I am not so sure I am convinced of this. I did not expect Safari to be offered on Windows. Who's to say what Apple's plans are concerning other software introductions on Windows... Anyone not working for Apple is only guessing.
Posted 16 April 2008 - 07:30 AM
We create hundreds of slides to be used during educational workshops, most with individual backgrounds/themes that tell part of the story. Powerpoint 2008 has broken the easy methods to change backgrounds/themes in each individual slide. We were able to find a work-around after consulting with MS, but it's almost unworkable and requires adding dummy slides to the presentation.
Keynote has superior functionality for individual slide backgrounds, but keeping a constant theme in terms of bullet points, fonts, etc. is not as robust as Powerpoint. when you use individual backgrounds for each slide. Where Keynote falls down flat for us is the lack of presenter tools. We use the Powerpoint presenter tools actively during the actual presentation. The time clock, ability to preview every slide, upcoming or past, and moving past slides and to immediately go to a particular slide are required for our work. We even signed up for One-on-One classes at our local Apple store in the hopes of finding new methods to facilitate our needs in Keynote, but were disappointed to finally realize the functionality we require just is not there.
So for now we are back at Powerpoint 2004.
Posted 16 April 2008 - 08:02 AM
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Posted 16 April 2008 - 10:12 AM
This is an interesting discussion, but in many ways irrelevant. Most of us are trapped in a Windows world and it doesn't really matter what we prefer. I have taken to building my briefings in KN and then exporting to PP so I can show them on the company system. Not nearly as elegant, but it works.
Posted 16 April 2008 - 11:32 AM
Check this page in Keynote help and then play with the functions:
Creating Text Builds
You can build text line by line, word by word, or character by character. You can create text builds for bulleted or plain body text. To set up a text build:
1. Select text on the slide canvas for which you?ve defined a build.
2. Click Inspector in the toolbar, and then click the Build Inspector button.
3. In the Build In or Build Out pane, choose an option from the Delivery pop-up menu.
? All at Once: Moves all text in the text box at the same time.
? By Bullet: Moves text bullet by bullet.
? By Bullet Group: Moves each bullet and its subordinate bullets together.
? By Highlighted Bullet: Highlights each bullet as it moves, leaving only the most recent bullet highlighted.
? By Paragraph: For non-bulleted text.
Posted 17 April 2008 - 03:47 AM
While this link is a couple of years old
what it says is still true today. To quote on small part:
A key tenet of the Zen aesthetic is kanso or simplicity. In the kanso concept beauty, grace, and visual elegance are achieved by elimination and omission. Says artist, designer and architect, Dr. Koichi Kawana, "Simplicity means the achievement of maximum effect with minimum means." When you examine your visuals, then, can you say that you are getting the maximum impact with a minimum of graphic elements, for example? When you take a look at Jobs' slides and Gates' slides, how do they compare for kanso?
"Simplicity means the achievement of maximum effect with minimum means."
— Dr. Koichi Kawana