More on Windows and Mac

In my last post I talked about how I decided on a Windows tablet instead of an iPad.

Part of the decision was based on our long term use of Powerpoint to create presentations.

I decided to take a more detailed look at the Mac presentation software, Keynote, so I’m currently learning how to use the handy 30 day free trial.  Did I mention we have a Mac as well as various PC’s?

So far, I’m finding the experience rather strange, as the whole way of working in Keynote feels very different from Powerpoint – hardly surprising really!

Visually, it is absolutely stunning and has a real quality feel to it that my current version of Powerpoint simply can’t match unless I create content with a dedicated graphics package, which I do quite a lot.  (I’m wiriting this instaed of working on the content for a presentation I’m delivering next week….. )

So far I’ve just been getting the feel of things.  The slide transitions are very pretty!

My first attempt at importing a Powerpoint was a mixed experience.  All the slides and graphics were imported just fine.  But the fonts I had used weren’t, even though they were embedded in the Powerpoint.   Probably something to do with licensing,  so I’ll have to install the same font set on the Mac.  Not a major issue, but an annoyance that wouldn’t happen if I opened the file on a PC.  Some fairly simple animations didn’t make it either.  Again, not a huge issue to re-do then, but another irritation.

Today I tried importing a different presentation.  Same font issue (haven’t installed then yet…..) and more animations not working.

Now I have to be fair here.  Keynote is able to import Powerpoint files, but even the latest version of Powerpoint cannot open Keynote files.

That said, it would probably be quicker to start from scratch than attempt to repair the non-functional animations.

I’m coming to the conclusion that it’s not really a competition between these two programmes – they appeal to different people and both are good in different ways.

I really need to evaluate Powerpoint 2010, as that’s probably the way we’ll go, at least for now.  I have a feeling that we’ll be adding Keynote presentations to our portfolio, if for no other reason than it opening up a new market for us.  And it’s not expensive, £70 for the whole iWorks package!  I was going to say that Office is very expensive, but I just remembered that for about £190 you get a license that allows installation on a desktop and a portable machine, so that works out at not much more per machine than iWorks.

Now I really must finish off the stuff for next week!

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