Keynote on your Mac is an incredibly powerful program for creating presentations. It puts PowerPoint to shame. With the introduction of the iPad, Apple’s engineers have migrated Keynote so that you can create presentations by touch. Connect the iPad to a projector and you can turn Apple’s latest device into a compact and versatile presentation tool.

But how do you go about creating a presentation in the first place? What about masks, transitions and Magic Move? This masterclass will introduce you to the main features of Keynote for iPad and will show you that, in most cases, you don’t need your Mac to create a great-looking presentation. Some features are similar to those in Pages, covered last month, so we’ll cover different elements this time.

1. A New Presentation  Start Keynote. The interface looks the same as Pages. At the bottom is a toolbar with three buttons. Top right is a folder holding all your exported files. Tap on ‘New Presentation’, top left of the screen (if that menu shows ‘My Presentations’ instead, tap on it, to change it to the other one).


2. Selecting a Theme  This last action reveals twelve themes to base your presentation on. This is very similar to the way Keynote for Mac works (although the Mac has forty-four). Whichever one you choose now will affect other options, like the colours used in charts, among others, in an effort to colour-coordinate your work for you.


3. Editing Text, Replacing Photos  To edit text boxes, simply double-tap on them to reveal the keyboard. To change a picture, tap on it once to select it and once more to reveal a menu (this is not a double-tap). Tap on the Replace option to reveal your Photo Album. Choose a picture and it’ll replace the existing one, matching its dimensions.


4. Masking  To crop a section of your picture, double-tap on it. This reveals a slider. Drag it to the right to zoom into your photo, then drag the photo itself to reposition it. You can also drag the bounding box to resize the cropped area. Instant Alpha which is used to cut out a photo’s background on the Mac isn’t supported.