Transferring Keynote files to iPad
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: I create slideshows for companies using Keynote from iWork on a MacBook Pro. Often, I upload shows to iwork.com where clients can download them to their PCs or Macs. When I read of the iPad, I figured it’s a natural for creating slideshows on the Mac, uploading them to iwork.com and downloading them to the iPad for road presentations. Now I am told by my Mac people here in Norfolk, VA that this can’t be done. They said, “You can create a show on iPad and download it to the Mac, but not the other way around.” Who’d want to do that!? I am hoping you will tell me that what I suggest IS possible. If so I will go screeching out of here to get an iPad. If not, I’ll be scratching my head wondering why Apple wouldn’t make this happen, it seems such a natural.
A: It is certainly possible to transfer slideshows created in Keynote on the Mac to your iPad and open and edit them from there, although there are some limitations to this.
Firstly, the iPad version of Keynote does not support all of the features of the Mac version. Notably, things like Speakers Notes do not yet show up on the iPad, and non-standard fonts and transitions may not be supported either. The iPad will notify you when you open the Keynote presentation as to which items are not supported.
Secondly, although the Keynote app on the iPad allows you to save your presentations to iWork.com, it doesn’t provide any direct method of opening files from iWork.com. Instead, you need to visit iWork.com in your Safari web browser on the iPad and open the file from there—when viewing a Keynote presentation in Safari, and “Open” button will appear in the top-right corner to allow you to open the file into Keynote.
So basically, depending upon how complex your presentations are and whether you need access to your speaker’s notes, Keynote on the iPad may work quite well for you for this purpose. You can read more information about Keynote for the iPad and its supported features in our review of Pages, Numbers and Keynote 1.0.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Elgato announces HomeKit-enabled Eve Light Switch
- Apple delays AirPods release
- Report: iPhone 8 likely to come in three glass-backed sizes
- Report: New Apple TV app to provide show recommendations
- Apple’s German website adds Apple Pay support page, but still no launch
- Notes from Apple’s Q4 2016 earnings call
- Apple Q4 2016: $46.9B revenue, 45.5M iPhones + 9.2M iPads sold
- Apple reportedly hiring engineers from BlackBerry, developing car operating system in Canada
- Apple releases PowerBeats3 Wireless earphones
- Apple Pay launch in Japan encounters major problems
- Creative iRoar Go Portable Bluetooth Speaker
- Bowers & Wilkins P3 Series 2 Headphones
- Incase Icon, Pop, and Textured Snap for iPhone 7/7 Plus
- Philips Hue Motion Sensor
- Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature Headphones
- Tech Armor FlexProtect and Shock Flex for iPhone 7/7 Plus
- SwitchEasy Flash and Fleur for iPhone 7/7 Plus
- Blue Microphones Raspberry Mobile Microphone
- Incipio Haven for iPhone 7 and Reprieve Sport for iPhone 7 Plus
- Mophie Hold Force Magnetic Case System for iPhone 7
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of watchOS 3
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 10
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets Advanced Computer Vision
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers ‘clarity and simplicity’
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major redesign
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 shakes up the user experience
- Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost
- Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s new in tvOS 10
- Filling the Gap: A look at third-party HomeKit apps