so, i have used Profcast in the past to make enhanced podcasts for my students. the new Keynote apparently is able to do the same thing so i figured i'd test it out. i recorded a small 13 minute lecture in Keynote and then sent it to Garageband . . . strangely enough, it converted the keynote presentation to a movie and then imported it in with the video on a separate track. fine.<br><br>i just went to export (e.g., send to iWeb and also to iTunes) and then thing is close to 200MB in size. as if i am going to ask my students (some on dial-up) to download a small 13 minute lecture if it's 200 MB in size. <br><br>whatever. that's pretty lousy of Apple.<br><br>i am now turning it into a podcast without video (video is not the correct term when i was using 7 still slides). i'll just tell students to open the PowerPoint file and advance it themselves as i talk. <br><br>oh man . . . i can't even do that without it being 44 MB. that conversion to a Mov is ruining everything. now i wonder if i am going to have to start over and rerecord everything. thank gosh i picked a short one to start with. i was hoping to get to under 10 MB with medium or bad quality audio -- it's just voice so i don't need high quality.<br><br>
i finally found some expert settings for export and turned off the video and saved as just an mp4 -- got it down to 2.2 MB. crummy without the images, but file size is more crucial for me. students can download the 100KB presentation and view on their own. <br><br>
man... iLife 08 has been a P.R. disaster, word is that iWork 08 (specifically "Numbers") is lacking greatly. And now you're saying Keynote is a mess... I'm glad I don't rely on any of the apps for getting real work done (other than I do use "Pages" - but I **could** use any text editor).<br><br>CreativeGuy for daily tips, tricks and commentary on all things graphic design.
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I Love KeyNote 08, but I'm not trying to PodCast it.<br><br>I'm still learning that trick.<br><br>But I love all the special effects in KeyNote 08, esp Smart Builds. Much more flexible than PowerPoint.<br><br>Also I was one of the big Numbers 08 critics... I have learned more and it's not perfect, but it too has some COOL features.. give Apple some time. I printed out the 250+ pg manual and am going through some of the features, Still wish it had more Stat features... but it's still cool for what it does !!<br><br><br>David (OFI)
One thing about Apple's media software is their ability to compress sucks. I think this is true across the board. The .pdfs created by Keynote or Pages, or others are huge. Even if you choose the "compress PDF" from the print menu they are unnecessarily large. I always open them up in Acrobat and choose "reduce size" and save it again. Its not unusual for the .pdf to be ten times smaller with very little quality loss. I have no idea what Apple's problem is here, but its nothing new to iWork '08 or iLife '08.<br><br>For movie media Keynote, Quicktime, iMovie... are all terrible at getting things down in size. Always have been in my experience. I have used Sorenson Squeeze in the past to reduce the file of media for students, but its ridiculously expensive, slow, and not optimal for creating iPod-sized presentations.<br><br>Look into VisualHub. Its super cheap, very fast, easy, and has presets for what you'd like to do.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
i have sorenson squeeze and i'll probably use it in the future.<br><br>i guess i am just disappointed that Keynote converted things to a movie. if i had started in Garageband and created an enhanced podcast; not a movie, which is all i expected from Keynote, then i would have been fine. but starting in Keynote really limited my options. i guess Keynote is fine for the slides . . . but don't use the new audio recorder they built in. Record in Garageband (or something else) and then put it all together in Garageband. as for me, i am going back to Profcast for the simple stuff and then Sorenson Squeeze for the more elaborate video stuff. sigh.<br><br>
I think he's exaggerating just a wee bit. It sounds like he "hates" a feature that wasn't in previous versions, but yet he liked previous versions without this feature. <br><br>Doing a lousy job at creating a new feature is a whole different ball game compared to screwing up existing features, like they did with iMovie '08.<br><br>I personally have nothing serious to complain about with regards to Keynote '08 (yes, Trog has nothing to complain about. Mark your calendar). It seems to open files a bit faster than the previous version, which was dog slow, but it takes longer to save files. Whatever.<br><br>Its also a tad annoying that each new update is only one-way compatible. There just isn't that much different, so it is confusing as to why they can't make them dual compatible.<br><br>It would also be nice if they would finally include a free-hand drawing tool, but its not critical. I can finally add a quicktime movie and have it wait for me to click it to start! Booyahhh!<br><br>
well to be fair, i actually bought iLife '08 this past weekend and so far i really like iPhoto. i might even make it my default instead of Aperture (my only annoyance thus far is the Contrast slider not working well). i also like iDVD and Garageband -- Garageband is really a nice tool to fit into my workflow. the new iMovie is really, really lacking on audio and that's a big part of how i used that app. but, for a quick and easy way to make a simple movie and export, it's really a nice little app.<br><br>i never used Pages beyond a cursory fiddle here or there -- mostly stand alone type things (e.g., a note from the Tooth Fairy to my kids). i imagine this will not change now that i bought iWork today -- it's a great app for someone needing a decent word processor, but not for someone trying to work in a Microsoft world. i also doubt i use Numbers much either. Keynote is an app i use more and why i bought the package in the past -- i like Keynote for what it was. but, i was excited about the new feature to record audio to a Keynote presentation. now that i've used it, i can see that it's not ready for prime time. ah well.<br><br>i am looking forward to Leopard, but at this point i am looking more forward to the next generation of the Mac Pros. <br><br>
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