Category Archives: Keynote

Embedding YouTube video in Keynote in 3 Easy Steps « TotalApps – Everything and More About Mac Software

Embedding YouTube video in Keynote in 3 Easy Steps « TotalApps – Everything and More About Mac Software.This should be a need for people who want to show video from YouTube. Even if you test it before hand during a presentation the speed might not be there. This going the extra step really shows your attention to details.

Polygon Beyond 11 in Keynote 09

Apple – Support – Discussions – Polygon Beyond 11? ….  Sort of involved but it solved the issue for mr.bill.

This is from Kyn Drake.  ”

These steps will be what you use to find the parameter to alter in a controlled file. Once you know where it is and how to make it easier to find, it’ll be simple to alter in any file in the future.

First, go to Keynote preferences and, under General Preferences, choose “Save new documents as packages”. Next, create a new document (white theme), change the Master to blank, and place a polygon on the slide. Finally, double click inside the shape and add some unique text. For this, use “pollyg”.

Now, save that document, then right-click (two-finger-click, control-click) on it’s icon in the Finder. You should see an option to Show Package Contents. Select that and you should then see a few folders and some files. You’re looking for Double click that one to unzip it, then put the .zipped version in the trash (Keynote can read either just as well). Now, you should have an index.apxl file.

When you double-click the index.apxl file, you’ll have to choose to open it with TextEdit, then search for your unique text “pollyg”. Once you’ve opened that .apxl file, the next steps are to:

1) Perform a search for “scalar”. This is the tag used to define a polygon. You’ll see “scalar-path”, SFDScalarPathSource-(some number), and “scalar=”(number between 3 to 11)”. A little after that, you’ll see your unique text in a “style” parameter, that’s how you make sure that, in a file with multiple polygons, that you’re changing the right one.
2) Change the scalar=”(number)” to the number of sides you want.
3) Save the index.apxl file and open the Keynote file by double clicking on it.

You’ll see that now, the polygon has the number of sides you wanted. Even if you copy/paste into another document, it’ll still have the right number of sides. The next step would be to create a file with the sizes over 11 that you’re going to want to reuse, and save it as a template you can copy from. That way, you don’t have to go through those steps in the future

And, from looking in the apxl file, if you were thinking that you should be able to create a Keynote presentation using only a text editor, you’d be right! However, the xml is very complex and not documented, so you’d have to figure out all the syntax yourself.

Need to spell check your Keynote in Spanish?

Kayak may be able to help you.  “After a fruitless search online and in Keynote Help (and just when I was on the verge of upgrading MS Office) I did learn how to spell check in foreign languages in Keynote. This works through the following Keynote menu selections:

Edit/Spelling/Spelling then click the tab at the bottom of the window to select your spell check language.

Thanks to Sara at Apple Tech Support!”

Want to read a Visual Quickstart guide to Keynote?

It is from a book that is 4 years old, but still has some great content and ideas.  This seems to have a few ads, but not bad.

In Jeopardy in Keynote possible?

Probably not if you want to retain your sanity.  You can get more details here, but there are better ways to accomplish this.

Keynote cannot play slideshow…

Turns out that you might have been accidentaly recording the entire time!  R-steveo to the rescue. “Littlequi,

I just had the same thing happen to me. Here is what I believe is happening– somehow you hit the command to record the slideshow, and you have been recording ever since. So under the File menu, choose “Clear Recording” and see if things don’t go back to normal. Just spent an hour trying to figure this out!”

How to apply an effect to all the slides in Keynote presentation

Easy.  Kyn Drake answers this.  “First select all the slides (click the first, shift-click the last), then apply a transition. That will apply the same transition to all selected slides.”

Is iWork functional on the iPad?

It is bizarre the kind of limitations it has.  You can read more from Mr. Garcia here. “–iWork: ’09 files only. iPad iWork Apps do grant access to–
For iWork users, the iPad may support Microsoft formats, but it does NOT support iWork ’08. If you want to have your iPad and Mac work off the same files, you need iWork ’09 on your Mac. However, an interesting remedy (which I haven’t tried fully yet) is In order to participate in the beta of the site, you need iWork ’09 or an iWork app for the iPad. (I was a little suprised, but I was able to sign up for and activate just owning Numbers for iPad, and not iWork ’09) From there, you should be able to interact with your documents using Safari on your Mac, without iWork ’09. Considering the time of year, I can’t justify upgrading to it, so I intend to try this solution until the next iWork comes out. The downsides are, of course, cloud computing, and does not seem to allow creation of new documents, only working with existing ones uploaded from iPad or Mac. What that means is I must create a document on my iPad to work with it on And by interesting extension, while works with all 3 apps, since I only have Numbers, I can’t use to use Pages or Keynote in the cloud on the cheap, as I can’t create a document without owning their appropriate app.”