Fidelity check: Keynote to Powerpoint Conversion?

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  1. jayveef

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    hello, my boss is asking me to do a presentation for a group of people next saturday. thing is, it wont be me doing the presentation itself -- ill just be making the presentation via powerpoint.

    here's the thing -- i acquired iWork's Keynote and was wondering how good is the fidelity of converting keynote presentations to MS Powerpoint (for WinBox, not OS X).

    as jason said, "i can't wait to present using keynote2!"

    so should i go through making the presentation on keynote or should i use windows to make things err.. compatible. my boss uses a windows laptop and i wont be there during his presentation - so i cant bing my book.
     
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    i tried it a couple of times and lost a whole bunch of settings that related to the speed of the slide transition and the effects. if you're going to export to powerpoint, you're probably going to have to redo them.
     
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    Same case here. I've tried many times to do my presentations in Keynote and ended up redoing them again in powerpoint.

    Most of the stuff that I lose or get out of sync are:
    - alignment of elements on the slide
    - transition effects (this is important for me because the effect usually contributes a lot to the "build up" of the message I am trying to communicate to the audience)
    - fonts and color schemes

    I usually end up just using my pbook but that only happens when I'm the one presenting. I'm not about to let anyone borrow it:evil:
     
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    like pipoy said,

    "Most of the stuff that I lose or get out of sync are:
    - alignment of elements on the slide
    - transition effects (this is important for me because the effect usually contributes a lot to the "build up" of the message I am trying to communicate to the audience)
    - fonts and color schemes"

    Happened to me even if I used Keynote 2. Did a lot of presentations for my girlfriend that I ended up redoing in Powerpoint. Most of the time it's the alignment and transititions that gets screwed up during the conversion.

    If you want, export your Keynote presentation to Quicktime.
     
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    Do you have to hand over an editable file? You could submit it in other formats, maybe that will work. In QuickTime, Flash and PDF, there's no loss in formatting (at least in my case, I haven't lost anything).
     
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    Ok, I just re-read your post. Scratch that idea. These exported files aren't as smooth outside of Keynote on a Mac.

    Since it won't be presented in a Mac, just create it in PowerPoint, less hassle.

    Trust me, I have exported a Keynote presentation into PowerPoint and had to redo a lot of things. It's not worth the double effort. You won't have the nice transitions anyway. Besides, I'm sure you've done PowerPoint presentations before, it's easy if you have the experience. Keynote, on the other hand, is easy even without the experience.

    Bottomline, Keynote is fantastic, but only if you're presenting on a Mac.

    [Edited on 1-28-2005 by elbertc]
     
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    I tried exporting to Flash, a little heavy on the file size, retained text formatting but I lost a lot of transitions. Quicktime seems to be your best bet, other than Powerpoint.
     
  8. jayveef

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    crap crap crap.. just when i get keynote 2. oh well, maybe im supposed to mortify for the forgiveness of sins.

    @ncarandang -- ill try converting to quicktime to see how well it goes and rehearse with my boss. haha! lets see what happens ..

    but if not, then powerpoint for windows it is then -- its really less of a hassle that way.

    thank you fellas!!
     
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    just to add:

    you know how i feel with this keynote 2 thing?

    i feel like i just bought a new car but i cant drive it because the plate number says its coding.
     

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