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Keynote for Mac OS X (Visual QuickStart Guide) Paperback – June 17, 2003

ISBN-13: 078-5342197754 ISBN-10: 0321197755

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Product Details

  • Series: Visual QuickStart Guide
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press (June 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321197755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321197757
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,205,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

Tired of the lackluster graphics and dull, canned look of PowerPoint presentations? At last you have an alternative: Apple Computer's graphics-intensive Keynote presentation software. If you give presentations on a regular basis, you'll want to start leveraging the power of Keynote immediately—dragging and dropping graphics, digital photos, QuickTime movies, and audio into your slide shows; creating animations, shadows, and labels for your charts and tables; producing dynamic drop shadows and cinematic transitions between slides; and more—and this Visual QuickStart Guide will show you how. Veteran presenter, QuickStart author, and Mac guru Tom Negrino makes it easy to dive in and start creating high-impact presentations in no time by providing step-by-step instructions peppered with plenty of screen shots, tips, and sidebars. You'll learn how to use Keynote's professionally designed "themes" to create coordinated backgrounds, fonts, colors, bullets, tables, and charts in seconds. And if you're interested in creating a custom look, you'll find plenty of instructions for that as well. The best part? You don't need to be a graphics artist to produce visually stunning (and stunningly effective) presentations with Keynote.

About the Author

A veteran presenter who knows the value of a strong presentation, Tom Negrino is the author of Macromedia Contribute for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide and numerous other Visual QuickStart guides, including (with Dori Smith) JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide.

Customer Reviews

Lots of good ideas, tips and tricks.
Eric Flescher
Like most Peachpit Press products this book is clearly laid out and is informative and easy to follow.
"gduggan5"
An excellent book for a beginner to Keynote or a seasoned veteran.
Steve Baker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian A Peat on July 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
Forget the manual, get this book instead, especially if you want to learn how Themes and Master slides are constructed. I run KeynoteUser.com and I was the tech editor on this book (I read every page, cover to cover). I also wrote the first draft of the chapter on building custom themes...all that to say I STILL learned things from this book while I was reading through it. There's stuff in there you just won't find anywhere else. And no, I don't get any royalties from the sale of the book (that all goes to Tom for his hard work), I just think it's something every Keynote user should own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Lewis on July 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
Tom Negrino's "Keynote for Mac OS X" is the equivalent of a product manual in regard to its comprehensiveness, but unlike a manual in regard to its clarity. The author breaks down every action that a user of Keynote might want to perform into steps for the purpose of explanation and illustrates everything with excellent graphics. The lay-out is user friendly. With even the best books of this kind I always find several things that are not thought out carefully enough and thus frustratingly obscure; Negrino's book is the exception. It made learning the ins and outs of Keynote a breeze and allowed me to construct a fairly complex presentation almost immediately. Finally, the author's style is engaging: the book is actually a pleasure to read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "gduggan5" on July 11, 2004
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Like most Peachpit Press products this book is clearly laid out and is informative and easy to follow. Keynote is a great program but not intuitive at first - this book helps you get past some of the quirks and gets you up and running to produce killer presentations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Raymond F. Bentsen on August 28, 2004
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Tom Negrino's book is all you will need to become a expert user of Keynote. Each process is broken down into easy-to-follow steps, including exactly which keystrokes are necessary. Especially useful are the many Tips and Screenshots that are included every chapter. I will be heartily recommending "Keynote for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide" to all of our Mac Users Group next week when I do a presentation on Keynote.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Sharp on September 3, 2004
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I have gone over this book from front to back and find that there is nothing that I found wanting in the book. I learned things I could use in every chapter.

If you don't own the book, use Keynote or want to use Keynote, this is the book for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Baker on July 14, 2004
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An excellent book for a beginner to Keynote or a seasoned veteran. Very easy to understand and very well written. The book flows seamlessly form one topic to the next. Great book!
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More About the Author

Hi. I've been writing about Macs, other computers, and software since dinosaurs ruled the earth. OK, it's actually been since 1987. I began writing for the late MacGuide magazine, and started writing for Macworld shortly thereafter. I was a Contributing Editor at Macworld from 1990 through 2004, and I still write for them. Over the years, I've also written for most of the other Mac magazines.

I wrote my first solo book in 1994, and wrote my first commercially successful book in 1997, JavaScript for the Web, Visual QuickStart Guide, written with my then girlfriend and now wife, Dori Smith. That book has been in print ever since, though we've revised it many times to match the growth of JavaScript and other Web technologies. As you can see on this page, I've written or co-written many more books, notably on Dreamweaver, Apple's iCloud and Keynote, and the Microsoft Office programs.

In late 1999, we moved from the Los Angeles area to the Sonoma wine country. It's a better place to live in general and was a fine place to raise our son. Now that he's grown, it's just us and our very excellent cat, Pixel, who always makes an appearance in each book.

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