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Export full resolution Keynote 2 slides to PowerPoint Apps
Keynote has excellent text rendering, shadow effects, and PDF support. However, often at conferences all the speakers are required to use the same PC to give their presentation (to save time), which makes Keynote's nice rendering pretty useless. Additionally, even the newest version of Keynote's export to PowerPoint function is not always up to par -- you may have to edit text flow, bar charts and graphs again, and most of the fine rendering details are lost. The solution? In Keynote, export all slides to high resolution PNGs, then run this AppleScript to import a folder's worth of images into PowerPoint, with each image on its own slide. Unfortunately, this requires Microsoft Office 2004 for PowerPoint's new scripting abilities.

When exporting to images in Keynote, make sure the checkbox "Create an image for each stage of builds" is selected when exporting to high resolution PNGs. (I believe PNGs are most compatible with the best resolution and least compression, but your mileage may vary).

This script originated on Apple's site, but only imported a single picture and centered it. I tweaked it to work with a folder full of images, and scale each up to the full size of the slide. Now there is much less headache when giving a formal presentation!
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Export full resolution Keynote 2 slides to PowerPoint
Authored by: ednsb on Feb 23, '05 09:56:03PM

I am not sure I see the benefit here. It gets the slides over but without any of the transitions or effects. While exporting to powerpoint retains them. It runs really slow on my machine and a few slides need some formating but for the most part it works. I tested it with the iWorks demo stack.



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Export full resolution Keynote 2 slides to PowerPoint
Authored by: jmil on Feb 24, '05 01:36:37PM
Most scientific presentations I have seen are light on transitions and builds but can have complicated image data and overlays. In my experience, Windows PowerPoint does not always handle these issues flawlessly when exported from Keynote, in terms of image quality. Therefore, for my application it is important to retain the full quality of slides and much less the transitions and builds.

Also, if you don't have a PC to edit your presentation just before presenting to make sure everything looks good, this has been the best route for me.

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Windows users can share a Mac, too
Authored by: jmil on Feb 24, '05 01:38:06PM

Also, note that this hint can work for Windows users sharing a Mac for a presentation. I have seen the Mac version of PowerPoint (even 2004) having issues importing Windows PowerPoint graphs, tables, and latin or greek characters. If the Windows user exports to images, and then imports the images into Mac PowerPoint, all is saved.



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Windows users can share a Mac, too
Authored by: MattHaffner on Feb 28, '05 04:47:36PM

"I have seen the Mac version of PowerPoint (even 2004) having issues importing Windows PowerPoint graphs, tables, and latin or greek characters."

Sadly, I have had trouble with PP 2004 importing PP X presenations--on OS X. I'm moving to Keynote full-time, if I can swing it.



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Export full resolution Keynote 2 slides to PowerPoint
Authored by: sinistrum on Sep 15, '09 01:42:08AM

I know this post is old, but just wanted to mention that the script still work in Keynote 3 and Power Point 2008 (in Snow Leopard). Great tip! I was just looking for the exact same thing. Exporting to Power Point may conserve some of the builds, but it definitely loses resolution, because of power points crapy rendering. I was surprised all my slides looked jaggy and unfocused in powerpoint, and I was disappointed that all the work I put into my slides was going to be wasted. Thanks a lot!



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