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Use more than 12 Picture Frame strokes in Keynote '08 Apps
Over on, I noticed what may be one of the first Keynote '08 hacks. Keynote '08 includes a useful "picture frame" stroke feature that lets you add a nice border around your images. Unfortunately, there are but 12 frames to choose from, or so it seems. If you look at the supplied themes, however, you'll see many different styles of picture frames in use, well beyond the So what gives?

It turns out that there are actually 72 frames available, but only 12 are shown in the Picture Frame pop-up menu. The frames are buried deep in the Keynote package -- control-click on Keynote, choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu, and then navigate to Contents » Frameworks » SFRendering.framework » Versions » A » Resources » Frames to see the whole list.

But what if you want to use one of these frames in your own presentation? There are two solutions. First, you can simply copy and paste the frame you want to use into your own presentation. Second, you can add the frames you use often to the actual drop-down menu in the Picture Frame section of the Stroke feature. This requires editing a plist file inside the Keynote package (BGGraphicInspectorFrames.plist, which you'll find in Contents » Resources), and provides complete instructions at the above link. Executive summary version: just add the frame names you wish to use to that plist, and you should be set. also provides an already-edited file for download, as well as a Keynote presentation containing all 72 frames, making it easy to use the copy-and-paste method, if you prefer not to modify Keynote.
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Forgot the link
Authored by: Nem on Aug 16, '07 09:34:39AM
Rob - you're missing the link to the article.

Also, an additional 6 more frames have been found. Instructions for adding them are here.

Thanks for this hint! I'm a big Keynote fan and didn't know about this site.

Nem W. Schlecht

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