You are probably familiar with Microsoft’s PowerPoint presentation software. Can you imagine a similar product that can enable you to make Hollywood quality presentations — and to do it today? With Apple’s Keynote 3, you can.
The original version of Keynote was released in early January, 2003. The January 30, 2003 issue of Forbes asked: “How does Keynote stack up against PowerPoint? The snapshot summary of our head-to-head user test of the two programs is that they fundamentally do the same thing, and do it well, but Keynote does it with a superior elegance and simplicity of use that is Apple’s design trademark.”
Now, quickly imagine how much progress has been made in the three and a half years since that article was written. For instance, you have many more templates to choose from, and you have the option to: save Keynote presentations in cross-platform QuickTime movies; export them to Apple’s iDVD, while preserving chapter breaks between slides; and even to export your Keynote presentation to the PowerPoint format.
If you make presentations of any kind, whether to a jury at trial, to a mediator in mediation, or to a potential client, you owe it to yourself (and your audience) to give Keynote 3 a look. Like all Apple software, it is very user-friendly, and you can literally create a stunning presentation in a short period of time — though your audience won’t know that you didn’t spend hours working on it.