Step 1

The iOS version of Keynote doesn't have the same range of builds and animation effects as its Mac counterpart, but there are still some nice effects that you can work with when creating your presentations. We've already looked at the transitions that you can use to move from one slide to the next, and also the build in and build out effects that allow you to animate individual objects on a slide. However, there's one effect called Magic Move that combines aspects of both transitions and builds into a single effect. Tap on a slide in the navigator and select Transition from the pop-up menu.


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Step 2

Magic Move is different from the other standard transitions, and it sits on its own right at the top of the transitions menu. When you select Magic Move you can move objects from the current slide into a different position on the next slide. To maintain consistent appearance between slides Keynote will ask if you want to duplicate the current slide. You might want the next slide to look completely different, in which case you'd just say 'No'. However, we want the next slide to have the same coloured background as the current slide so we'll select 'Yes'.


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Step 3

Look in the navigator bar on the left and you'll see that our slide, with its gallery of historical figures, has been duplicated. What we want the Magic Move to do is to take the little portrait of George Washington from the first (original) gallery slide and then move just that one portrait onto the second (duplicate) slide in order to focus the discussion on Washington himself. Now tap the second gallery slide to select it. The blue bar at the top of the screen tells us that we're still in Animation mode, so tap 'Done' in the top-right corner to switch back to editing mode.

Step 4

The second slide is a duplicate of the original, so all the other portraits that were included on the original slide are still present on this slide as well. So the next step is to remove everything from the second slide except the portrait of Washington himself. That's easy, as you can quickly select multiple text and graphics objects simply by tapping-and-holding on one object and then tapping all the others (probably with another finger). It's the equivalent of using Command-Click to select multiple items on a Mac. So let's just select and delete everything except the portrait of Washington.

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Step 5

Now we're just left with George Washington. We can move his portrait into a more prominent position on the slide, and we can also resize the portrait as well. Don't forget that you'll need to move the text caption for his name as well, and maybe tap on the paint-brush icon at the top of the screen to open the format menu so that you can increase the size of the text and maybe add a little drop-shadow effect. Don't be afraid to experiment, as the Undo/Redo command at the top of the screen will allow you to quickly remove any changes you don't like.

Step 6

To test the Magic Move effect you need to tap on the original gallery slide to select it once more. You can get a quick preview by opening the Transitions menu and just tapping the Play button to see how the effect works. At the bottom of the Transitions menu you'll also see the Options button, which allows you to adjust settings such as the speed and duration of the Magic Move effect, or to specify whether the effect plays automatically or waits for you to trigger it during the presentation by tapping on the screen.

Step 7

Let's tap Play and take a look at the Magic Move in action. Magic Move automatically records all the changes we made to that second (duplicate) slide and includes them in the transition effect – it removes all the other portraits with a gradual fade, and animates the portrait of George Washington so that it increases in size and smoothly moves into its new position. The text is animated too, and you can even add new elements that weren't included on the original slide, such as fading in an additional portrait of Washington's wife Martha.

Step 8

Once the Magic Move has finished you can treat this slide just like any other slide in your presentation. You can continue to use additional builds to add or remove text, graphics and other elements to each slide, so you could talk a little bit about Washington before using a simple build in to introduce a picture of Martha. If you wanted to switch the emphasis to Martha you could use a build out to remove the portrait of George – but don't try to add a build in effect to George as that would break the Magic Move animation that brings his portrait in from the previous slide.

Step 9

One other important feature that was added to Keynote 2.0 for iOS is the ability to create interactive charts. This allows you to display multiple sets of data within a single chart, and to animate the chart so that it changes to display the changing data. We don't have room to cover interactive charts here, but we did look at them in the Mac version of Keynote. This feature works in essentially the same way on the Mac and iOS.

Step 10

It's also worth remembering that Keynote for both Mac and iOS is still a work in progress. Apple has stated that there will be a number of updates to Keynote in coming months that will restore some of the features that went AWOL when the new versions of the program were released towards the end of last year. In fact, as we were preparing this tutorial Apple released Keynote 2.1 for iOS, which includes some new transitions and improvements to the Presenter Display mode. There's also a new Remote feature that lets you control Keynote slideshows running on a Mac or on other iOS devices.

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