Keynote for iPad Gets a Refresh
Keynote for iPad 1.2 improves table and font support, adds new animations, and allows copying of presentations between Keynote and services such as Apple's MobileMe iDisk.Keynote was the first of Apple's iWork applications, and in its iPad incarnation, it's a rather polished tool for creating and editing presentations. Because the business executives and road warriors that are the iPad's target market are also the ones most in need of a powerful yet easy-to-use presentation management app, it's fitting that Keynote is the iWork for iPad application that strays least from its desktop roots. New build and transition options take center stage in Version 1.2 with the addition of the Lens Flare, Spin and Wipe build animations and the Revolving Door, Swoosh and Wipe transition animations. As with the other iWork for iPad applications, it is now possible to group and ungroup objects, and animated builds can now be applied to grouped objects. The update also adds support for audio in builds that are imported from Keynote '09 presentations.
These are the places where Keynote for iPad really shines; it allows users to make last-minute changes to a presentation if necessary, and share the updated presentation in a variety of ways. Although the app for iPad is rather constrained in terms of font selection and feature support in comparison with the desktop Keynote, it is possible to make major changes to a presentation, and in some ways is far more intuitive to work with than the full-blown application for Mac OS X. This is particularly true when it comes to adding or changing the animation of a slide build or a slide transition. Even without a mouse, those tasks are more easily accomplished on an iPad than on a Mac.