Blog by @leahroides
At some point in our lives, whether at school, at work or even for personal reasons, we all have to give and make presentations. So the question is, which application do you prefer, Keynote or PowerPoint? Being a designer myself, there are many creative options that attract me to Keynote. The options are limitless to spice up your presentation with slick looking animations, crisp graphics and clean text layout.
Keynote has been favored for its user-friendliness and overall media attributions. If you are a Mac user then you will find Keynote is easily transferable between apple products. For example, you can control your presentation or even make necessary edits right from your iPad. PowerPoint can be used on both a Mac and a PC, but currently is not supported by any devices other than a computer.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the pros and cons between Keynote and Powerpoint.
- User friendliness with a fresh and simple interface
- Theme options and sleek presentation outcomes
- Simple aligning and positioning options
- Multimedia friendliness
- Animation and transition effects (Magic Move)
- Easy to use formatting tool bar
- Friendly inspector window (easily modify anything within your presentation)
- Simple Master page management
- Product integration between apple products
- Exporting options (Powerpoint, Quick Time, html, etc)
- Easy to use Master Slide guide
- Alpha Transparency – Blend an image’s background into your slide’s background to create a transparency.
- Simple guide layout
- Keynote does not function with Microsoft systems. You have the option to export your presentation into PowerPoint, but may lose some graphics/animations in the process.
- Moving from PowerPoint to Keynote takes some time getting used to and may seem frustrating at times especially if you are a PC user.
- Built in Excel-Chart analysis
- Easy to use type formatting
- Timeline (modification window for presentation)
- Compatible with a Mac and/or PC
- Formatting Palette
- Difficult Master page management
- Tricky guides (hard to maneuver guides for measuring your layout)
- Lack of image alteration options
- Busy interface
If you’re really looking to create a powerful presentation, check out these 5 tips on how to present like legendary co-founder and CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, who used Keynote for his speaking events.
We also use Keynote to build parts of our Digital Royalty University social media training classes. Here is our first class – it’s yours for free!