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Pointers: Five tips for Apple Keynote (OS X, iOS)

11/09, 9:13am

Get more from Apple's presentation tool

If you want to be really harsh about it, Apple's Keynote presentation software might only be better than Microsoft PowerPoint because fewer people use it. We are all so used to sitting through PowerPoint presentations that we recognise the software no matter how fancy the speakers get. Keynote seems newer and fresher just in comparison. Only, there is a huge amount of power behind Keynote and this is only increasing.


Pointers: getting your Mac or iOS device onto the big screen

10/28, 5:00pm

Showing off your screen to a slightly wider audience

As I type this, I am working on a 13-inch MacBook Pro in a room with a 100-inch HDTV and killer sound system just over there. The screen is so big I could still see my desktop with the same clarity from the 12 or so feet away I am from it, as I can with the built-in screen here on my lap. I also use this computer to give presentations a lot, and often need to hook it up to projectors for demos. I also have a need to demo iOS software, so I could use a way to show that off as well. In this Pointers, we'll show you various ways of accomplishing these and related goals.


MacNN Deals: Make your presentations better with these tools, devices

10/19, 11:05am

Improve your slides, add video to presentations with MacNN Deals

Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals posts, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's highlights are all items that can help your presentations shine, including a service to quickly make your presentation deck, something to help you create a great video as an introduction, a way to use your iPhone to point out specific details on a slide, and a way to make your presentation audio files be heard clearly.


Hands On: PowerPoint 2016 15.13.1 (OS X)

08/19, 2:08pm

Better than ever –– but still PowerPoint

We may like Excel 2016 a lot and think that Word 2016 is much improved but the summary for those and their stablemate PowerPoint 2016 is that you should definitely get them if you're already committed to the older versions. If problems with the older software are making you wary of continuing with Office, then what we're saying is you're right to look around but the 2016 versions are contenders. They're no longer mandatory, but they're contenders.


Cook hints that minorities, more women to take stage at WWDC

06/08, 12:52pm

Retail chief, Environmental VP Jackson likely to appear; Cook seeks more diversity

Apple keynotes are generally dominated by men, and specifically white men who make up the majority of the Silicon Valley tech industry -- but that's about to change. Questioned on Sunday in an interview about the lack of women on stage at events such as today's Worldwide Developer keynote, Cook said critics may want to tune in to this morning's presentation. "You'll see a change tomorrow," he said.


Hands On: OmniGraffle 6 (OS X, iOS)

03/01, 4:39pm

First-class drawing tool for people who aren't first-class artists

Admit it: whether you're in the market for a drawing application or not, you're reading this in part because you hope to find out what a graffle is, and why you might one to be omni. We can't help you with the word, but we can say that OmniGraffle 6 for Mac is a superb tool for creating presentation graphics, design wireframes, and really just anything that you can draw more easily than you can write.


Analysis: Amazon's Fire Phone

06/18, 4:13pm

Did Amazon hit a homerun with the Fire Phone? Or is it another shoehorned Android device?

During a small event in Seattle today, Amazon confirmed the numerous rumors circling the Internet about a smartphone from the company. The Fire Phone was introduced by CEO Jeff Bezos to a crowd of 300, showing off a number of features including a 3D display and Firefly. Electronista writers Mike and Jordan offer some of their opinions on the phone's technology and hardware, the presentation and what effect the Fire Phone may have on future business.


Briefly: PrinterPro adds more languages, Deckset presentation app

04/13, 11:36pm

Printer Pro adds nine languages, currently free to download

Wireless printing app for iPhone PrinterPro has announced that it has been localized into nine languages. Now the app is available in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese as well as English. The software allows users to print attachments, documents and web pages from their iPhone on any Wi-Fi or USB-connected printer. Currently free for the remainder of its 24-hour promotion, Printer Pro can be downloaded through iTunes, and is normally priced at $5.


FotoMagico slideshow creator v4 adds layers, timeline, more

10/10, 9:00pm

Better sound syncing, Retina graphics, audio markers, more

Software maker Boinx has brought out a milestone release of its flagship slideshow creator, FotoMagico 4. The new version adds support for the Retina display of the new MacBook Pros, and adds a number of new features and a lengthy list of improvements, tweaks and fixes to the program, which goes beyond what Keynote, Powerpoint or iPhoto can achieve in terms of versatility and fine control of slideshow presentations. The update includes a more intuitive user interface, up to six layers on a single slide, a Timeline mode and more.


Apps: iPresent It, Cocktail, PDF Browser Plugin

03/06, 4:55pm


  • iPresent It 2.4 ($18) allows users to convert PowerPoint, PDF or Keynote presentations into slideshows that can then be synced with an iPod. The software optimizes shows for viewing on an iPod or Apple TV and can automatically detect the presentation resolution and ensure that the resulting formation is formatted properly. Version 2.4 has added additional support for the new Keynote '09 presentation file format. [Download - 0.9MB]


  • New Templates for iWeb, images for Keynote, Pages

    06/23, 1:20pm

    More Add-ons for iWork

    Two new products offer more choices for users of Apples iWork suite. Ipresentee is offering free downloads of Keynote Objects -- images for use in Keynote presentations and Pages documents. IWebtemplate, meanwhile, is partnering with iPresentee and 11 Mystics to add 22 templates to its online store. Each template is available for individual download.


    AMEX unveils wireless USB remote, pointer, touchpad

    05/23, 3:35pm

    AMEX USB remote

    AMEX Digital recently announced a multi-featured device, the RM-mp1, capable of acting as a computer's remote control, laser pointer and mouse touchpad. The ultra-wideband Wireless USB device is meant to act as an all-in-one presentation aid, allowing users to control slide shows originating from a PC, then pointing out any specifics with the integrated laser pointer. Its dedicated media buttons allow it to be used for personal, home-entertainment purposes as well.


    Slideshow Magic 5 offers frame rotation

    05/21, 7:05pm

    Slideshow Magic 5

    Koingo Software has officially unveiled Slideshow Magic 5, a new version of the company's presentation tool that offers numerous enhancements and bug fixes. These include the ability to rotate frames, a completely revamped interface, and more advanced slide titling options. The tool now allows users to add an audio track to the entire slideshows, or add smaller audio clips for each segment and include transitions with varying durations between slides, and even insert customizable titles


    New Keynote themes: Distressed, iPresentee

    05/21, 6:05pm

    Keynote themes

    Two new Keynote themes have made their debut. Divine Fiat has announced the immediate availability of Distressed, its latest theme for Apple's Keynote presentation software. Distressed "remains subtle and keeps your images and information front and center while bringing a hip edge to your next presentation." It features artistic flare and understated pinstriping, using six slides of extras. Resizable media placeholders employing Keynote's new Picture Frames feature and custom decorative elements allow you to create your own Distressed style slide layouts. Color and texture palettes along with editable custom icon objects in the Distressed style further extend the themes flexibility. Distressed can be purchased by itself for $26.


    Comixware SE v3.0: interactive storytelling

    05/20, 11:00pm

    Comixware SE v3.0 ships

    Yi.magination Studios this week released Comixware SE v3.0, its interactive storytelling software. The company says the application marries multimedia presentation/editing and an interactive player/editor into a single system designed for both content creators and views. In addition, both viewers and authors can modify and remake other users multimedia presentation in Comixwares object-oriented authoring environment. Version 3, codenamed SE, is a major revision that includes a new file system with a new modular architecture that allows users to integrate movie-making tools along with other modules such as a Movie Exporter or vendor assets.


    PulpMotion Advanced 1.0: slideshows based on themes

    05/15, 11:35am

    PulpMotion Advanced 1.0

    Aquafadas has released PulpMotion Advanced 1.0, a next generation slideshow and animation application that creates slideshows based on highly customizable themes. The software allows users to present pictures as well as video in a single animation that can be shared as video, screensaver or executable player. The Advanced version ships with a rich and extensible set of themes, enabling users to simply drag and drop preferred photos or movies, customize the music selection, and apply a visual theme from the PulpMotion slideshow themes menu, It also offers a new way to browse media: users can navigate through standard media repositories, such as iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom using a full screen mode, while a convenient timeline shows the date and also allows users to select a date range.



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