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What is Apple Keynote?

Keynote, from Apple is a presentation software with tools and effects, designed to make it easy to create memorable presentations, and comes included with most Apple devices. Use Apple Pencil on an iPad to create diagrams or illustrations that bring…

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What is Apple Keynote?

Keynote, from Apple is a presentation software with tools and effects, designed to make it easy to create memorable presentations, and comes included with most Apple devices. Use Apple Pencil on an iPad to create diagrams or illustrations that bring slides to life. With its real‑time collaboration…

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Keynote is a versatile presentation software commonly used in companies as an alternative to PowerPoint. Users appreciate its seamless integration with Mac, making it a popular choice among Mac users. Keynote is highly regarded for its efficiency and effectiveness in covering all the essential aspects of a presentation. It offers its own set of advantages compared to other platforms such as Google Slides and PowerPoint. One of Keynote's key features is the ability to create presentations that can be self-edited by clients, providing flexibility in collaborative work. Additionally, Keynote comes pre-installed on all Macs, eliminating the need for additional software purchases. Users find its intuitive interface and ease of use particularly appealing, especially when compared to PowerPoint.

The compatibility of Keynote with iPad and the ability to make real-time changes using the Apple Pencil are aspects that receive praise from users. Design firms utilize Keynote to deliver client deliverables and create visually appealing internal-facing decks for research findings and design concepts. Solopreneurs also find value in Keynote's simplicity and elegance, using it to create presentations that form the basis of YouTube videos. They appreciate Keynote's menu layout which is considered more intuitive than PowerPoint, making navigation easier.

Keynote serves various purposes across different industries and departments. It is commonly used for quarterly presentations, group discussions, and brainstorming sessions where new ideas are presented. Businesses utilize Keynote for pre-event openers, pitch decks, management meetings, and investor updates. Educators rely on Keynote for building class materials and sharing content during classes. The software's functionality has made it a preferred choice in education companies for business proposals and internal presentations as well.

Overall, Keynote is praised by users for its wide range of features and possibilities while maintaining an easy-to-use interface. Its integration with Apple devices without the need for a subscription makes it a cost-effective alternative to PowerPoint. With its ability to create visually stunning presentations and user-friendly experience, Keynote is commonly used across industries for both internal and external communication purposes.

Convenient built-in presentations and animations: Many users have found Apple Keynote to be convenient for creating engaging slideshows due to its built-in presentations and animations. The availability of these features allows users to easily enhance the visual appeal and engagement of their presentations.

Seamless integration with the Apple ecosystem: Reviewers appreciate the seamless integration of Apple Keynote with the entire Apple ecosystem, enabling a smooth workflow and compatibility with other Apple devices. This integration eliminates any compatibility issues or barriers between different devices within the ecosystem, enhancing productivity and ease of use.

Efficiency and user-friendliness: The software's efficiency and user-friendliness are praised by customers, who find it easy to navigate and complete tasks quickly. With an intuitive interface and streamlined design, users can efficiently create professional-looking presentations without being hindered by complex functionalities or steep learning curves.

Limited templates and design options: Some users have expressed a desire for more templates, letter types, and images/pictures to choose from in Keynote. They feel that the current selection is limited and would like more variety in order to create visually appealing presentations.

Challenging collaboration features: Several reviewers have found collaboration to be challenging in Keynote, specifically when it comes to sharing links with others. They have encountered difficulties in seamlessly collaborating on presentations with teammates or clients.

Difficulty adjusting timings and builds: A number of users have mentioned that adjusting timings for builds and transitions in Keynote can be counterintuitive. They find it difficult to fine-tune the timing of various elements within their presentations, especially compared to how these features work in PowerPoint.

In reviewing user feedback for BeanFlumper and Keynote, several common recommendations emerge.

For BeanFlumper, users frequently recommend using the self-hosted version instead of the cloud version. They find that the cloud version tends to lag and believe the self-hosted version offers a smoother experience. Additionally, some users recommend purchasing BeanFlumper but specify that it is more suitable for larger companies with over 500 employees.

Regarding Keynote, many users highly recommend it as a presentation creation tool. They suggest using it on an iPad Pro or any Mac(Book) for the larger screen size. Keynote is considered by these users as the best presentation creator on the market and often recommended before any other presentation program. The software's smooth and intuitive features make it an excellent choice for engaging slideshows, particularly for smaller teams operating on iOS with basic needs. Users also appreciate Keynote's various animation tools to add flair and maintain viewer interest. Additionally, Keynote receives praise for its elegant and minimalist presentation styles.

However, there are occasional glitches when sharing presentations in Keynote with PowerPoint users. To address this, some users recommend converting outgoing files to pptx format to ensure compatibility with Windows devices.

Overall, users see Keynote as a superior presentation software option and believe it enhances information delivery by making it engaging and professional.


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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Keynote is mainly used for all sorts of presentations in our company now, We used to opt for Powerpoint, but now the Keynote is one of the most commonly used tools in the whole company, the reason was the integration with Mac, It comes built-in and has compelling features, It might not be as powerful as PowerPoint. Still, it touches all the basic points much more efficiently and effectively. Highly satisfied with Apple Keynote.
  • Presentations
  • Animations
  • Built-In with Macbook
  • Works with the Whole Apple Ecosystem
  • Efficient
  • Key File Should be Opened in Microsoft
  • Not as features rich as powerpoint
  • Animations doesn't remain the same in PPT
The best case scenario for Apple Keynote is that you get it built-in with any MacBook, so you don't have to download anything and you're good to go for any sort of presentation. One more thing which I really admire about Keynote is that it has really cool animation style, You can literally create some basic video content using Keynote. Animations are also very easy to use, so If you want to have more animations you can just use Keynote instead of Powerpoint. Keynote has never been less appropriate until you have Windows as your Operating System. Another time where Powerpoint takes an edge is when you have to use a lot of features.
Yulia Lápicus | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Apple Keynote is my preferred presentation software application. I use it to create all types of presentations for my company: business pitches, reports, workshop presentations, etc. It's great for creating quick template-based presentations, as well as for complex and sophisticated ones that require animations and embedded files. I love Keynote because it's more intuitive than PowerPoint.
  • business presentations
  • automated slideshows
  • templates
  • export your presentation to HTML
  • not compatible with Windows OS
  • large file size
I create presentations for work every week and I decided to switch to Keynote after experiencing many issues with PowerPoint. I found Keynote perfect for all kinds of presentations: pitch decks, reports, lectures, etc. There are many templates available for it, but I use my own. There are also plenty of animations and effects to choose from.
DR. RAKESH TRIPATHI | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Apple Keynote is Apple's Presentation Creation Software. Apple Keynote helps in creating presentations for various purposes such as quarterly presentations, group discussions, new ideas, and so on. Apple Keynote is inbuilt into Apple Devices like the Mac or iPhone and does not require any subscription, so it can be a considerable alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Variety of themes - Apple Keynote offers a large variety of themes for various kinds of presentations.
  • Export functionality - Since Apple Keynote uses a different extension it can not be directly in other apps like Powerpoint or Google Slides, so it offers functionality to export it as PPT or PDF.
  • Inbuilt on Apple Devices - Does not require any subscription, you can simply start using it.
  • Common Accessible Format that can be opened on Keynote as well as on platforms like PowerPoint, Google Slides, etc.
  • More insert options.
Apple Keynote is a useful presentation specifically for Apple Device users. Apple Keynote offers a large variety of themes for various purposes - from educational presentations to business presentations. Apple Keynote is available on Apple Devices from the first time you open them, so it does not require any additional subscription or purchase.
Justin Adams | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Apple Keynote is one option in my arsenal of slide deck software. Keynote is comparable to Google Slides and PowerPoint but offers its own sets of advantages and, depending on the client, KeyNote sometimes works best for their slide needs. By utilizing a program like KeyNote, I am able to create presentations for clients that they can self-edit moving forward. Another advantage is that Keynote comes in stock with all Macs, removing overhead costs.
  • User friendliness
  • Templates
  • Master Slide creation and adjustments
  • Copy / Paste from other programs
  • Text box font resizing
Well Suited: Setting up in-person presentations for clients. The transitions are nicely integrated, the master template easily adjusted, and the file size relatively small for ease in download and emailing as a leave behind.

Less Appropriate: Clients often feel that EVERYTHING needs to be set up as a slide deck. However, it is key to listen to the client's needs to first determine the final output. What was initially predetermined to be a slide deck may often be more effective as an email, brochure, or flyer. Keynote does what it is intended to, well, but that doesn't mean that it should ALWAYS be the end product format.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use Apple Keynote to create slide presentations. I also use it to create pre-event openers for signature events at our organization. These often include a mix of facts about our organization, photo highlights, and housekeeping information for the event.
  • Animations and Builds
  • Slide Transitions
  • Animated Backgrounds
  • Modern themes and templates
  • The way you adjust timings for builds and transitions was a bit counterintuitive for me. Once I got the hang of it, it was fine. The timings don't work the same as they do in PowerPoint. So if you are a PowerPoint user, that may be something you have to adjust to when you switch to Keynote.
  • I feel that adding images can be clunky when working with image placeholders. Apple Keynote forces you to use the Photo app to replace image placeholders.
Apple Keynote helps you create polished-looking presentations. Apple Keynote's visual aesthetic for templates and default settings even for charts and tables is more elegant and modern than PowerPoint's offerings. However, PowerPoint offers more advanced features. It is a more robust slide show option and can be integrated with Microsoft Word and Excel. Also, PowerPoint can be used across platforms, including Mac and Windows. However, Apple Keynote is for Apple devices only. If you are collaborating on a presentation with other users who may not be Apple users, you will need to stick to PowerPoint.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use Apple Keynote for the preparation of any sort of presentation (pitch decks, management meetings, investor updates). We are also utilizing this tool to prepare short 1-pager leaflet information on our products and services. The tool seems to be way easier to use than its MS equivalent. Also, elements in the slides do not get "messed up" when you move elements on the slides - as happens in the competition's tools.
  • Preparation of pitch deck.
  • Preparation of 1-pager product leaflets.
  • Turning slides into shareable pdf.
  • Easier operating on iPad devices.
  • Collaboration option right from the desktop app.
  • Better features for optimizing pdf size.
Apple Keynote is a perfect tool for creating any sort of presentation/slides - whether it is an investor update, management meeting slides, pitch decks, or short leaflet-style product/service information. We find it way easier to use than competition tools and it improved the time needed for the preparation of such materials.
Carter Owen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
As a design firm, we use Keynote to deliver our client deliverable and make internal-facing decks where we present research findings, consumers insights, and present client-facing visual design concepts and prototypes (we use Figma to run through the back end of prototypes). The scope of my particular use case is in slide design and analysis since I'm a strategist.
  • Inserting images/videos
  • Aligning text boxes symmetrically
  • Changing presentation themes (I love black on white)
  • Collaboration (really hard to share link with people)
  • Shortcuts (there are so few compared to Google Slides)
  • Limited font selections
Keynote is best suited for text minimal, visual-heavy presentations that are made internally by a few people. Wide-scale collaboration is better done with PPT or Slides, as are more info-heavy presentations that rely on visual design and images/videos less.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Apple Keynote is by far the best presentation builder software. It has so many features and possibilities, very complete and it is easy to use. We used it across many departments. Being an education company, it is essential for building material for classes. However, we also use it to build business proposals and prepare internal presentations for meetings or just PDFs/information that needs to be passed along. Our design team loves it, as you can build the most beautiful presentations on it. Our educators love it too, as it is the best app for sharing material during class, specially with the presenter display that they can customize to their liking.
  • Resources to build beautiful presentations
  • Complete software with many possibilities to customize your presentation
  • Customizable presenter display
  • Possibility to record presentation
  • Reliable application
  • Versatile
  • Crop videos
  • Easier share of file with other users
  • File size reduction
Honestly, if you are on the lookout for a presentation builder software, stop looking. This is definitely the one. Despite some of its (very small) flaws, Keynote is the best presentation builder out there. It is very complete, has so many features and it allows you to just build your presentation the way you want it. It has every resource possible to make the most stunning presentation. In our company, we use it for classes, presentations, business proposal, sharing information, presenting whatever you need during meetings - I even dare to say I use it to design some posts or arts I need on the go. Yes, it is that versatile. It won't let you down.
Bruce Hoag PhD CPsychol AFBPsS | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I'm a solopreneur and have used Keynote to create presentations that form the basis of YouTube videos. I used PowerPoint for many years, but prefer Keynote for its simplicity and elegance. The menu is laid out better than PowerPoint - more intuitive, which makes it much easier to find what you want. The only real criticism I have - and this is true of software in general; not just Apple - is that the so-called Help menu is nothing of the kind. Developers need to make this much more user-friendly. As things stand, you're more likely to find the help you need on YouTube.
  • Easily navigable
  • Clean design
  • Uncluttered display
  • For me, Help is always hard to use.
  • The space for presenter's notes needs to be expandable.
  • It could work better with QuickTime.
Obviously, it's well-suited to most presentations. I suppose that the ones where it wasn't as appropriate would be where the Keynote presenter was the "odd-one-out" - that is, you're the only one on your team who uses it. That's nothing more than an unfortunate luck-of-the-draw. But people aren't going to want to switch back and forth between presentation software. Not only that, but it's expensive to buy if you didn't get it with your computer. Of course, the answer is to persuade everyone else to use Apple, as it's a superior product, more reliable, and not in constant need of updates, which often don't install correctly anyway.
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