iWorks Keynote by Apple is an excellent presentation application program for backgrounds and templates for text and images. The finished product (movies, reports, etc.) can be exported into QuickTime, PowerPoint, PDF, Images, Flash, HTML and iPod versions. Apple ships Keynote with thirty-six standard themes, providing the end user with a strong foundation and giving you plenty room to expand your library.
Jumsoft is just one of a number of companies that supply add-ons to use in Keynote. We recently reviewed Keynote Themes 7, Keynote Photos 2, and Keynote Stills 3.
Due to the nature of the Keynote FX series, we have created FLV video presentations to review these products. But first, an introduction to these products:
Keynote Themes FX 3.0
Keynote Themes FX 3.0 consists of seven new and visually innovative themes: These themes provide a delicately animated background style and plenty of slide layout options. These small background actions will liven up your presentations without distracting your audience from your main point.
Keynote Themes FX
Even if you already use Keynote Themes FX you will discover that your presentation will come alive with a new verve and sparkle when you apply the new visuals that are available in the ten new backgrounds in BackgroundFX 2.0. These backgrounds can be used in conjunction with any of your themes as they do not come with basic slide layouts.
If you are unfamiliar with photo objects, they are images of objects with a transparent background. they are a very effective way to “isolate” a visual to support your presentation or bullet point. Jumsoft ‘s ObjectFX 3.0 are 70 detailed 3D images that are easily pasted into presentation pages. Optimized for 1024 x 768 frames these cleanly cut objects suit a number of ideas and concepts. Keynote Objects is only $39 and the upgrade from Keynote Objects 2.0 costs just $19.
Keynote Animations 5
Finally, for my own usage, the last of the Jumsoft packages that I find powerful is the Keynote Animations 5 package. Priced slightly higher ($45) than the other add-ons, these animations allow the addition of eye-catching movement to an otherwise “pedestrian” static frame. There are 180 animated images that can be used to attract attention or produce emphasis in your presentation. These images can be cut and pasted, resized and looped in Keynote’s QuickTime option.
Keynote Quartet FX bundles together the latest versions of Keynote themes FX, Keynote Animation, Keynote Objects FX and Keynote Backgrounds FX at a discounted price of $99 (or as an upgrade from Keynote Quartet ’06 for $45). That’s great buy.
If you are an Apple iWorks Keynote user, check out Jumsoft’s offerings at http://www.Jumsoft.com to invigorate your next lecture, sales meeting or presentation.
Madbadcat’s Note: The road from Keynote to QT to FLV to WordPress is a long and winding one. I decided that the most important thing was to focus on the animations- not the transitions, or interactivity- so each slide holds for 5 seconds then moves on. There are many reasons for this. Mostly its because I don’t think Keynote was ever meant to “publish to the web”. It might be an option they should consider for a future version.
Keynote Background FX 2.0 (11.5mb streaming; no sound)
Keynote Objects FX 2.0 (3mb streaming; no sound)
Keynote Themes FX 3.0 (10.4mb streaming; no sound)
Keynote Animation FX 5.0 (8.2mb streaming; no sound)