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Keynote Editing in Action on the iPad

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At Apple's media event introducing the iPad (see Hands-on Impressions of the iPad, 29 January 2010), Glenn Fleishman and I wanted to know what the experience of creating a Keynote presentation would be like. Inspired by a blog post from Fraser Speirs ("iPad Fallacy #1: 'It's not for content creation'"), I created a short video of Glenn manipulating objects (resizing, repositioning, rotating) and activating the annotation controls (including a laser pointer) in Keynote's presentation mode. (A high-definition version is available at the video's page on YouTube.)

 

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Patrick  2010-02-04 16:13
It's comforting to know that Glenn can fall back on hand modeling if this whole internet thing doesn't work for him.
Jeff Carlson  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-02-04 16:49
I think the Internet thing is just a very long and complicated springboard to modeling, which is his first love.
Glenn Fleishman  2010-02-04 17:23
Is that a pirate shirt I see? My hands! My beautiful hands!
Jerry Case  2010-02-04 17:39
So is there a video converter dongle to connect to projectors?
Jeff Carlson  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-02-04 19:08
Presumably. We didn't see any iPads connected to any displays, but that's the only way we can imagine you'd be able to output video.
what i'd love to know is if the iPad is plugged into an external display/projector, does the iPad go into presenter mode - ie current and next slide with a timer? that would be fantastic if it does
Jeff Carlson  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-02-05 11:37
There weren't any iPads connected to projectors (unless I missed it), so I don't know if the presenter mode is there. We'll have to wait and see.
juandesant  2010-02-06 15:52
As per Apple specifications, there is a Dock connector to VGA converter, so that seems pretty much settled for me ;-)

http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/
Roger Moore  2010-02-06 15:38
As someone who uses iWork for his business I can't wait to see what mindblowing update happens with iWork '10. With the changes they've made for the iPad I'm having high hopes!
tbblivet  2010-02-08 16:33
Boy, am I unimpressed by this video.
Jeff Carlson  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-02-08 16:46
Unimpressed in what way? With the capabilities of the iPad? Please elaborate.