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Apple recently announced that they had upgraded iWork.com, their online document storage software, to work with iWork ’09 (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote). The new features include the ability to upload Keynote presentations and view them in the browser, as well as the ability to embed a presentation on a website easily. Learn about these new features and how to use them by reading on.
>> Keynote ’09 Presentation
>> iWork.com account (free)
>> Available free space on iWork.com
You should be able to upload any Keynote ’09 presentation to iWork.com, but Apple has posted some guidelines on formatting animations and transitions for maximum compatibility with iWork.com. There are 12 transitions and 9 builds that are compatible with iWork.com.
After you have properly formatted your presentation, click Share in the menu bar, then “Share via iWork.com.”
In the resulting window, select one of the three upload options at the top:
- Share with viewers will let you specify email accounts to send the presentation to once the file is on iWork.com.
- Publish on the web will upload to iWork.com, leaving the presentation public where any can view it.
- Upload for private use will upload to iWork.com, protecting your presentation behind your username and password so only you can view it.
For this how to, we’ll pick Upload for private use as this option will allow us to share once the presentation has been uploaded to iWork.com. When you are done setting your options in Keynote, click the Upload button. Your presentation will then be whisked away to iWork.com.
Once your presentation has finished uploading, head to iWork.com in your web browser and log in with your account credentials. After logging in, click on the presentation you just uploaded.
After pressing the play button, the window will change to a presentation view with the slides enlarged in the center. In the slide control at the bottom of the page, you are able to mute or un-mute the sound, change the slides, see the slide numbers, and close the slideshow altogether.
If your browser supports full screen mode (like Google Chrome), then you will be able to go full screen with your presentation. If you included compatible transitions and animations, you will be able to view them from any HTML5-supported browser.
Sharing your presentation with a co-worker can be just as easy as presenting from iWork.com. Head back to the document viewer for the presentation you wish to share.
From the sidebar, check the box labeled “Public.” This will make your presentation public and drop-down two buttons in a menu.
The button labeled Show Public Link will pop open a dialog containing a public link to the presentation. This link can be copied into an email, pasted onto Twitter or Facebook, or into an AIM chat. When someone clicks the link they will have un-authenticated access to the presentation you made public only.
Clicking the button labeled Show Embed Code will open a dialog containing some HTML code that can be pasted into a website or some social networking websites.
When someone visits the page containing embedded code, they will get a mini slideshow browser that will enable them to quickly browse through the presentation.
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