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Using Apple Keynote Presentations with Acrobat Connect Pro

Jason Parker, Adobe Systems

August 2008

Expertise Level: Intermediate

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Nowadays presentations are becoming more complex with dynamic movie backgrounds, embedded videos, and flashy builds. Unfortunately presentations created in Keynote (Apple's equivalent to PowerPoint) are not upload compatible with Acrobat Connect Pro yet. Keynote does offer an export to PPT option, however often times text is reformatted, slide builds and transitions are lost or inconsistent, and there is no option to embed videos.

At a recent event we supported all of the presentations were in Keynote and included embedded videos. The challenge we faced was maintaining the original look and feel of the uploaded the presentation and playing the embedded videos.

Following our best practices, we created our Connect Pro room layouts to reflect the meeting agenda along with an additional layout for the videos. We layered/stacked the Share pods in the order in which they were tobe played in on the videos layout. During the event we switched between the presenters layout to the videos layout in sync with the live presentation mimicking the Keynote version.

Heres a quick summary of the conversion process we used to convert the Keynote presentations (and videos) to an upload compatible (PPT) Acrobat Connect Pro format.

Please note: PowerPoint for Mac does not have the same import features as the Windows PowerPoint application. For this process we used a MacBook Pro with Keynote 08 and Office 2007 (installed on VMware running Windows XP).
  1. From Keynote select File > Export and select the Image option. Select PNG (high quality) and check the Create an image for each stage of builds option (Mac side).
  2. Create a New Folder to copy the files into and select Export.
  3. The .MOV files will be saved to a sub-folder in your newly created export folder. Alternatively you can select Show Package Contents from the Keynote file cut out the .MOV files.
  4. Copy newly created folder and files to a PC for importing.
  5. From PowerPoint select Insert Photo Album choose Insert picture from File/Disk browse to the folder you exported the PNGs to and select Ctrl+A then to insert/import the PNG files then click Create.
  6. Review the newly created slides removing extra transitions/slide duplicates.
  7. To reduce the file size click on a picture/image in the presentation then select Picture Tools from the menu options then click on Compress Pictures. Under options select 96ppi and delete cropped areas.
  8. After compressing save and close, then upload the PPT to the Connect content folder or Connect meeting room.

Using a video conversion application such as Flash Video Encoder convert the video(s) from .MOV to .FLV. Upload the files to the Acrobat Connect content folder or Connect meeting room.

About Jason
Jason is a Connect Technician on the Conferencing Services team at Adobe and is responsible for running the behind the scenes of internal Adobe web events and seminars.

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