Keynote is Apple's answer to Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT) - a presentation software program developed as a part of the iWork suite (which also includes Pages and Numbers). I have to say: KeyNote is a LOT nicer than PPT; it has all the features PPT should have AND it runs a lot smoother.... If not for the fact it only works on Mac computer I would probably do away with PPT completely.
The best way to learn about KeyNote is to watch all the video tutorial!
Advantages of KeyNote over PowerPoint
- Brilliant use of slide templates -> each "Theme" has a set of "Master Slides" and changing these will instantly modify/update all your existing pages.
- Automatically includes images/movies in a hidden directory structure -> right click MyPresentation.key then select "Show Package Contents", too see or retrieve these files
- Presentation are displayed and optimized for a particular resolution -> 1024x768 works best, as most projectors support this
- Runs faster -> (thanks largely to its OpenGL interface)
- Includes some fantastic 3D slide transitions and animations ("builds") -> (to help keep audience awake)
- Can indent and skip slides -> (useful for long presentations)
- Can import/export .ppt files
- Has a great "inspector" toolbox interface.
- Includes and many nifty features: image alignment, shadow, reflection, opacity, picture frames... and generally producing attractive slides.
Disadvantages of KeyNote over PowerPoint
- Only works on MAC computers