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Some tradeoffs with the new iWork '09 file format
Authored by: Anonymous on May 05, '09 08:10:01AM

At the end of the page in the iWork Programming Guide (Apple Developer Docs), there are some hints how to permanently disable the compression of the Keynote and Pages files and set them to use bundles:

The Article states:

Both Pages and Keynote have several preferences you can set that make it easier to work with their XML files:

defaults write com.apple.iWork.Pages SaveCompressionLevel 0
defaults write com.apple.iWork.Keynote SaveCompressionLevel 0

When the SaveCompressionLevel default is set to 0, the XML file will not be compressed. The normal value is 3.

You can use Terminal.app to make these changes, after quitting Pages/Keynote. Simply copy and paste the relevant commands to a Terminal window and press Enter.

Afterwards, if you save a file (i.e. from Keynote), you get a .key file. Simply change .key to .gz and double click the file in the Finder to decompress it. You will get a new folder containing all the relevant files used in the Keynote presentation. Then you can add .key to the name of this folder, which in the end keeps the state of the presentation file as Bundle. Even if you add new slides to the presentation and save it again.



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