Keynote (presentation software)

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Keynote for OS X
Screenshot of the editing screen in Keynote for OS X
Keynote for OS X version 6
Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Stable release6.2 / April 1, 2014; 5 months ago (2014-04-01)
Operating systemMac OS X, iOS
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Keynote for OS X
Screenshot of the editing screen in Keynote for OS X
Keynote for OS X version 6
Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Stable release6.2 / April 1, 2014; 5 months ago (2014-04-01)
Operating systemMac OS X, iOS
Keynote for iOS
Keynote for iOS icon.png
Keynote for iOS editing presentation.png
Keynote for iOS version 2, as seen on an iPad
Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Stable release2.2 / April 1, 2014; 5 months ago (2014-04-01)
Operating systemiOS

Keynote is a presentation software application developed as a part of the iWork productivity suite by Apple Inc. Keynote 6.0 was announced on October 23, 2013 and is the most recent version for the Mac.[1] On January 27, 2010, Apple announced a new version of Keynote for iPad with an all new touch interface.[2]


Keynote began as a computer program for Apple CEO Steve Jobs to use in creating the presentations for Macworld Conference and Expo and other Apple keynote events.[3] Prior to using Keynote, Jobs had used Concurrence, from Lighthouse Design, a similar product which ran on the NeXTSTEP and OpenStep platforms.[4]

The program was first sold publicly as Keynote 1.0 in 2003, competing against existing presentation software, most notably Microsoft PowerPoint.

In 2005 Apple began selling Keynote 2.0 in conjunction with Pages, a new word processing and page layout application, in a software package called iWork. At the Macworld Conference & Expo 2006, Apple released iWork '06 with updated versions of Keynote 3.0 and Pages 2.0. In addition to official HD compatibility, Keynote 3 added new features, including group scaling, 3D charts, multi-column text boxes, auto bullets in any text field, image adjustments, and free form masking tools. In addition, Keynote features three-dimensional transitions, such as a rotating cube or a simple flip of the slide.

In 2006 Keynote gained a great deal of exposure when it was used for the presentation in Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth.[5]

In the fall of 2007, Apple released Keynote 4.0 in iWork '08, along with Pages 3.0 and the new Numbers spreadsheet application.

On October 23, 2013, Apple redesigned Keynote with version 6.0, and made it free for anyone with a new iOS device or a recently purchased Mac.


Keynote Remote[edit]

Keynote Remote was an iOS application that can control Keynote presentations from an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad over a Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth connection, and was released through the App Store.[7] With the release of Keynote for iOS, the app was integrated into the new Keynote application, and the stand-alone app was withdrawn.[8]

Version history[edit]

version numberRelease dateChanges
1.0January 7, 2003Initial release.[9]
1.1June 4, 2003Various enhancements to improve functionality and compatibility.
1.1.1October 28, 2003Improved stability and several user experience enhancements and much more user friendly.
2.0January 11, 2005Released as part of the new iWork 05 package.[10] Includes new transitions/animations, 20 new themes, new presenter tools and improved export options, including export to Flash.
2.0.1March 21, 2005Addressed isolated issues that may have affected reliability.
2.0.2May 25, 2005Addressed isolated issues that may have affected reliability.
3.0January 10, 2006New version released as part of the iWork '06 package.[11] Includes new transitions/animations, new themes and graphics. Also compiled to run natively on both PowerPC and Intel processors as a universal binary.
3.0.1April 4, 2006This update to Keynote 3.0 addresses issues with three-dimensional charts and textures. It also addresses a number of other minor issues.
3.0.2September 28, 2006This update is for Keynote 3.0.1 and addresses compatibility for accessing Aperture 1.5 content in Keynote.
4.0August 7, 2007New version released as part of the iWork '08 package.[12] New text effects, new transitions, Instant Alpha, Smart Builds.
4.0.1September 27, 2007Addresses issues with builds and performance.
4.0.2January 29, 2008This update primarily addresses performance issues while playing or exporting presentations.
4.0.3April 3, 2008This update addresses performance and stability issues when working with large documents.
4.0.4February 2, 2009This update addresses compatibility issues with Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2008 as well as general compatibility issues.
5.0January 6, 2009Released as a part of the new iWork '09 package, it includes: new chart animations, "Magic Move" and support for the Keynote Remote iPhone/iPod touch application.[13]
5.0.1March 26, 2009Improves reliability when deleting Keynote files, copying slides between presentations, or working with transitions and builds.
5.0.2May 28, 2009Improves reliability when saving documents and when playing presentations more than once per Keynote session.
5.0.3September 28, 2009Improves reliability with exporting to GarageBand, drag and drop, and animations.
5.0.4September 2010Fixes issues in Keynote.
5.0.5January 5, 2011Allows playback of Keynote presentations on, with over 15 animations and effects, when using the latest version of Safari. Addresses an issue with the Drop transition, Dissolve build, and shape colors. Addresses an issue with rulers. Adds support for Keynote Remote 1.2*, including high-resolution slides for the Retina display.
5.1July 20, 2011Adds support for Mac OS X Lion, including: Full-Screen, Resume, Auto Save, Versions, Character picker. Improves Microsoft Office Compatibility. Adds new builds: Anvil and Fall Apart.
Removes ability to export movies with transparency.
5.1.1December 1, 2011Addresses issues that occur when working with large Keynote presentations on OS X Lion and includes improvements in stability and accessibility.
5.2July 25, 2012Adds support for iCloud documents and dictation. Takes advantage of Retina displays.
5.3December 4, 2012Adds support for Keynote for iOS 6.0
6.0October 22, 2013Released as part of iWork for Mac which has been re-engineered from scratch, according to Apple, in 64-bit, and with iCloud syncing capability.
6.0.1November 21, 2013Customize the toolbar with your most important tools - Stability improvements and bug fixes.
6.1January 23, 2014Added new transitions, display options and improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint
6.2April 1, 2014Improved Presenter Display layouts and labels. Added new transitions and builds: Object Revolve, Drift and Scale, and Skid. Improved Magic Move, including text morphing. Motion blurs can now be applied to animations. The release includes various other fixes and usability improvements.

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