At some point in everyone’s life, they would have to do a presentation. Students, professors, consultants, and executives need to learn to craft presentations. The great question of the ages is, “Which presentation application to use?”
I have worked with both Microsoft’s PowerPoint and Apple’s Keynote. As a scientist, philosopher, and website designer I deliver a presentation every two weeks. So, being able to create attractive presentations without hassle is a must! I have come to rely on only one app to meet my presentation needs.
To all Apple fanboys out there (myself included), please realize this fact… we live in a Windows world. Windows dominates the desktop and laptop markets. However, Apple is making headway in many markets. The problem with Keynote and PowerPoint is that they are not fully cross-compatible. Whereas, Keynote can open and use PowerPoint files with little difficulty. PowerPoint cannot open Keynote files without losing your effort in designing a series of stunning slides. This is not as bad if you are incorporating basic slides. However, when you have to design slides for your CEO’s presentation the next morning, and he only uses PowerPoint. Don’t go overboard on Keynote and then export the slides to your CEO expecting his presentation to go well.
Keynote wins hands down when it comes to creating stunning presentations in half the time. Keynote is easy to use, has worthwhile effects, and attractive visual designs. With Keynote’s modern and sleek presentation themes; templates; and data visualizations you will always impress. Keynote offers better options for positioning text, inserting multimedia and creating a dynamic presentation. PowerPoint may be used to produce attractive presentations. However, this comes with a learning curve and a knowledge of a few tricks of the trade. Keynote does it simpler and does it faster.
Earlier in this article I mentioned that I have come to rely on one presentation app. That app is Keynote. I have access to PowerPoint and have even produced slideshows using Prezi. However, I have come to love Keynote, and it is safe to say it is my favourite app across all my Apple devices. Here is why…
Have you ever had to stand next to your laptop and press the arrow key because you have lost your wireless presentation remote? If you like me, and have lost a few flash disks. Then, losing a wireless presentation remote is not a happy thought. With Keynote’s Remote function, there is none of that. Using my iPhone as a wireless remote for my iPad, visa versa, and using both for my MacBook saves me time and grabs the attention of my audience.
My First Interactive Presentation
I remember my first presentation as a consultant to government officials. All I had was my iPad, and a presentation designed to report back project progress and brainstorm ideas. My colleagues were freaking out because I had only planned eight slides for a 40-minute presentation. Yes, they were Windows users. However, they did not know that I have planned an interactive presentation. Within a few minutes, I had the Director General (a head government official) interacting with me in the presentation on my iPad. We were able to shift project elements around, insert feedback, and compare proposed objectives.
No one knew that I had prepared such an interactive and visually stunning presentation the day before. And, that at that point I had been using Keynote for only a week.
In my opinion, Keynote is the superior of the two presentation apps. It is easier to use and produces highly attractive slides. However, if you are serious regarding creating presentations and making money from that. Then you would need to have access to more than just Keynote and PowerPoint. This will help you cater for any client’s needs.
My advice to other Apple users is that Keynote is necessary for your presentation needs. But, Keynote will not help if you over complicate your slides with tacky bling and effects. Having an image summersault and flicker in for more than two seconds is not an animation nor is it an transition – it is seizure inducing. Keep you slides clean and to the point, and your message will be communicated. After all, the point is for your audience to interact with you – not your slides.