Won’t Let Me Use It 1/5
I can’t open the app. Completely unusable
Will not Update 1/5
I actually love using Keynote, however I haven’t been able to get this to update for a while and I can’t open presentations because I need the update. Really not great when you have classes coming up and you can’t present what you’ve created. Apple, please work on this ASAP!
Sure wish I could install it 1/5
Bought Keynote a long time ago now it needs update. But clicking the UPDATE button does nothing except spin the cursor. Tried installing from command line. Tried copying it from another Mac where it does work. Nothing seems to get this to install. And reading the Apple forums a lot of other people have the same problem. One star for Apple on this one until they fix it.
WON’T DOWNLOAD 1/5
What the hell is this? There’s so many reviews here complaining about failure to download. GET ON THIS PEOPLE! I can’t download. I also can’t access my photo library (due to previous version glitch). So…this program is USELESS. Hello? Hello? Anyone there? This shouldn’t even be allowed to be sold.
I can’t even update the new version. 1/5
I can’t share my slides for a presentation because it does’t want to update.
Stay away from 7.3 1/5
Do not update to 7.3! It took almost 15 minutes for one of my presentations to open and others just won’t open at all.
Deleted powerpoint 5/5
By Ana Claudia Cunha
I don’t know why this has such a low rating. I mainly use powerpoint for school purposes and keynote is just as effective as powerpoint for me. Same features I use/need with powerpoint and less storage space occupied on my Mac. 🤷♀️
It won’t replace Office. 3/5
If you need to do major work get MSOffice or OpenOffice. This seems more of an after thought by Apple like Pages and Numbers.
suddenly useless, corrupting my existing presentations 1/5
By bradley vail
I love Keynote, but this version is not ready…
It fails to handle large presentations and crashes with a dialog box
asking if you want to convert your file to use “Packets”
all of my larger presentations are currently unopenable…
Skip the 7.3 update 1/5
By Matt Vaudrey
Keynote is fantastic. It’s the best presentation tool with the sharpest and easiest-to-use interface. I even use it to design graphics and stickers.
The 7.3 update has left my MacBook Pro (OS Sierra 10.12.6) with touchbar unusable. Keynote crashes immediately after opening.
Wait on the update until they figure it out, y’all.
Lots to like about KeyNote but... 4/5
One thing that is extremely annoying is that this app is missing the “Save AS” feature. Apparently the people writing this app are not familiar with this concept. I use keynote every week to do my Sunday School lesson for my class. It has a lot of things that I like but I always open the previous week’s lesson and update everything and then I want to Save As - as I have been able to do in every other app on Macs since the original Word and Excel apps from the 1980s. The writers of this app think that I should think of it differently and first open it, then remember to “duplicate” it and then Rename it. That is a far less intuitive way to work and does not make sense - at all. Maybe someone somewhere in Apple will read this and have an “Opps” monent and restore this functionality.
STILL THE SAME PROBLEM 1/5
I’ve been trying to get this to download for hours and then come her to the reviews and see that others have the same problem! FIX IT, PLEASE!
Keynote is now a USELESS application for some of us 1/5
All of the wonderful new features are useless if one can’t update the application I tried to open an Keynote file that I just worked on two days ago and Keynote tells me it can not be opened until I upgrade. BUT, LIKE SO MANY OTHERS, I AM UNABLE TO COMPLETE THE DOWNLOAD/UPDATE. Apple, this is not the way to build customer support! Now I am forced to use a competitive app that is not as user friendly or compatible, since it will not open my Keynote files. I have been an Apple/Mac user since the Apple ][ (1981) and I use Apple hardware and software so I don’t have to put up with windows crap, but now I have to endure Apple crap. It is clear from the reviews that many others have had this same problem.
APPLE, PLEASE FIX THIS PROBLEM!
CANNOT DOWNLOAD 1/5
Totally unacceptable. This problem has been going on for weeks and is now affecting my company. I must go back to Microsoft laptops!!
Won’t download 1/5
It won’t download and I can’t open up presentations without updating. HELP!
I can’t download it! 1/5
Like another a reviewer, I’m having problems from the App store/my mac letting me download this. I hit “update” and the loading wheel just keeps spinning.
Won’t Download 1/5
Hangs at 1 minute and won’t download. Really?
Won’t download 1/5
I have the same problem that other reviewers have had. It won’t download/upgrade. I just get the spinning wheel. Any news on what the problem is? I’m in the middle of a project and the old version won’t let me continue without the upgrade!
Bug with Trace effect 4/5
I spent a few hours trying to solve an issue that is tied to the Trace effect.
When using trace, any movie embedded in that slide will be delayed by at lest 5 seconds.
can’t update! 1/5
By Real poker playr
I’d give this 5 stars but the update feature has been broken for at least weeks. Apple doesn’t seem to be responsive to the many complaints about this.
Can’t even color lines correctly!! 1/5
I’m trying to do a very quick-n-dirty little diagram of with boxes and lines and I’m coloring the lines to indicate relationships. I got 5 lines colored and I CANNOT color the 6th line. It says the line is red, but the line is clearly black. I tried every color, multiple new lines — this is DEAD EASY and Keynote CANNOT get this right. It thinks the line is colored but it IS NOT. I’ve tried recoloring existing lines. No luck. SO STUPID that the most basic of tools is so non-functional. Newly updated, too. I’m going to get out my Microsoft computer now.
Worked very well with Power Point allowing edits changes 4/5
By Working superbly
Worked very well with Power Point allowing edits changes. Day one, I rated it 5 stars. After I use it for some projects, I imagine in 2-4 months, if it still performs the same, I need to rate it tops, 6 stars. I do not have Power Point software, but when I opened a Power Point, it worked and this software allows me to even create various Power Point presentations. I love it and this was a free dowload. Love my APPLE MacBook Pro and love the software. I lost my Power Point which came with my new APPLE years ago, my fault, I did not take care of my computer. I had it fixed at Microcenter, but lost Power Point software. I dowloaded this Key Note, software, sure it took a few hours, but now I have Power Point again, just named Key Note. Very nice!
Same issue….Won’t download 1/5
Spins and spins
Unable to download/open 1/5
I can’t really rate the product if it wont open or download. Apple, can you do anything to fix this? Based on other comments I am not the only open to have this issue?!
Won’t Download 1/5
May, or may not, be the greatest version of Keynote ever. I may never know. It won’t download!
SEVERAL others have made this same notation. Apple needs to fix this NOW!!!
Cannot update! 1/5
Please fix the UPDATE link. I have been trying for hours to download version 7.2. Many of us are stuck but no action is taking place!!!
Sharing Keynote 3/5
I was wondering if you could allow for collaborators to edit master slides when sharing keynote presentations.
Never actually downloads 1/5
Anyone have any luck getting this to actually work? Apple, can you please provide a new link.
How many reviews saying it won’t download until the issue is addressed? 1/5
By Future Hawkeye Doc
I can’t download the software. I can’t use the previous version on my computer because it says I must upgrade. I can’t get the frozen download to let me try to restart, though I have tried multiple times and the download just will not complete. Is anyone at Apple listening?
Unbale to download the upgrade - it freezes ! I have tried so many times to upgrade and it wont let me as it freezes
Nice but... 3/5
Very nice application, inlcuding the iWork suite, but very little consideration for the 90% of us who have to convey our documents in MS formats. Navigating through exports and subsequent lost formatting and trying to go back an forth is such a chore that it make me not want to use the native Apple programs at all. PLEASE enahnce the interoperability between iWork apps and MS counterparts (like Google docs has done). By doing so you will ensure people use the Apple apps.
"The problem with Microsoft ... 5/5
By Disgruntled in Wallingford
Steve Jobs once said, “… is that they have no taste.” Jobs, of course, had to walk this back when he went hat in hand for money, but he was right. Keynote, very simply, is PowerPoint with taste. If you follow through with its idea that slide presentations don’t have to be ugly, you’ll find yourself resiting the temptation to make every slide a bulleted list. You’ll put the teleprompter part of your presentation in the presenter’s notes instead. You’ll wke your audience up.
Always good. Now even better.
SO much better than PowerPoint! 5/5
I’ve discovered that by making slides with ‘full bleed’ images (that go all the way to the edges) and using 90+ point font my presentations are absolutely beautiful and they look NOTHING like Powerpoint...
Great Design Parity Features… Collaboration Still an (Enterprise) Mess 2/5
Pan and zoom was a delightful surprise and the icon libraries are great too… but it still falls flat on collaboration. Until you can collaborate on a third party serice (Google Drive, Box, Dropbox) – Keynote will always be an enterprise joke.
iCloud Drive and the Apple ID (which are things that Apple does not allow to be managed by a business) are the root reasons why this will never be a business friendly product. Document ownership is a joke (you can’t transfer ownership nor can collaborators add people) and your business confidential documents (probably) live on your PERSONAL Apple ID (because, what person on a business issued laptop uses a business managed Apple ID/iCloud account which forces folks to have all of their contacts not be in sync with their phones – which is possible but who does that?) which is a huge security risk for any business.
Good easyworship substitute 5/5
Normally, as a worship leader, I would use easy worship, but KeyNote is a more affordable way to display words on the projector screen. I use it every week for service and I love it! 5 stars
Bring back font arrows! 1/5
Seriously, you took away the small arrows to the right of the font size to make the font larger or smaller and replaced it with a dropdown menu with limited options to choose from!? Yes, I know I can type in any size font I want, but the arrows allowed me to SEE the font grow or shrink to it’s ideal size. Now I have to guess & make corrections which takes longer.
Bring back the font size arrows!!!
Does not scale well 1/5
Initially, I enjoyed using keynote to make presentations. Unfortunately, I have found that the latest version does not scale well. After making 40 slides and attempting to insert images, I found that each image insertion took 40 minutes each (this also included every attempt to resize those images). Honestly, I cannot tolerate those kind of wait times as a user when preparing material. If Apple does not fix this I will either switch to making slides in GoogleDrive or PowerPoint.
honestly awful. 1/5
Apple forced me to update to keynote then I lost all my notes for the semester the week before finals because the new version of keynote is not compatable with the old version which all my notes were on. ABSOLUTELY unacceptable.
Keynote is like Powerpoint on Steroids! 5/5
I’ve been using Keynote since 2013 and I’ve never looked back. This is not to suggest that any other apps aren’t good. It’s just that since I’ve been using Keynote, everything is easier.
Keynote is a solid as a rock. Although I still save my presentations every few hours, out of old habit, Keynote just doesn’t crash. I should point out that I’m a power user. At any given point in time, I will typically have open, 10-20 Safari windows/tabs, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Art Directors Toolkit, Digital Color Meter, MSWord, MSExcel, Scrivner, Mail, Skype, Contacts, Calendar, and Keynote. But Keynote just keeps chugging away, without a hiccup.
I use tons of animations (transitions) and I’ve found it remarkably easy to make a professional looking presentation, without having to resort to kludges, like importing external graphics, when you should be able to do the same thing without resorting to such time-consuming methods. For example, try to make a pie-chart change the size of a slice, using any other presentation tool. Chances are, you’ll end up using a disolve, instead. But in Keynote, I can create such a smooth animated pie-chart in a matter of about a minute or two. The missing slice opens further or closes further, without disolves. That’s just one of the things that Keynote has made easy. I’m not saying that it’s automatic. It’s just that I’ve been unable to do that in any other presentation app, in hours, let alone, a couple of minutes.
I also find it easy to use Keynote on my iPad, to control the presentation, when the projector connection is not available on the stage. In fact, I have grown to actually prefer that setup. I can place my MB Pro back by the projector and use my iPad, on the platform, to move through the presentation and read any notes that I might have about each slide. Of course, the best part is that it’s all automatic. Since everything is Apple, everything syncs easily and it just works. I also save the entire presentation on my iPad, as a backup, in the event that my laptop should be damaged, before the event. I can run the entire presentation from my iPad, alone.
You can also save your Keynote presentations in PPT format, if you like. But just keep in mind that Powerpoint may not support all of the transitions that you use. As a power user, I find this to be true more often than not. Therefore, I backup my Keynote presentations as videos and place them on a thumb drive, as yet another way to show the presentation, without a computer. Those videos can then be played on any other computer, if necessary and they look just as good as if I were controlling the slides from Keynote. I just have to pause the video, between slides. For the record, I make both 16:9 and 4:5 versions of each presentation, so the presentation can fill any screen format.
Also, these videos can form an excellent base for YouTube and Facebook videos. I often have people, who watched one of my videos, ask what app I used to create all those great graphic effects. They expect that I’m using Apple’s Motion or some other even more expensive animation tool. When I tell them that the whole thing was done in Keynote, they're amazed. In some cases, I record my voice as I’m recording the presentation and the video goes out on the internet, just as it was recorded. Other times, I record my voice as I’m recording the presentation and then use that audio to create a script for the teleprompter, for a video overlay. In that case, I just mute the original audio, in favor of the overlay audio. FYI, I use Final Cut Pro, for the overlay. Since it’s all Apple, it just works seamlessly together. Nothing could be easier.
I love Keynote. It makes my presentations look like they're created by a Fortune 500 company. It’s easier to use than any other presentation app and it’s more powerful. The iPad/iPhone control is perfect. The only caveat is that there are so many possibilities, with Keynote, that it can take you a while to learn to take advantage of all of them. But when you do learn to take advantage of that power, your presentations will have your audience rivited. On the other hand, even if you’re not a power user, you should be able to do everything that you do in any other app, in less time (fewer keystrokes or mouse clicks), after only a couple of hours of playing with it. Also, just when you think there is nothing more that they can add, the next release makes it even better. But then, that’s to be expected. It’s an Apple product.
Deleted my entire presentation 1/5
I had a huge project on keynote, and every time I tried to save it would say “Couldn’t autosave document” or something of the sorts and as I was trying to save it to a USB or another method of saving, it crashed and my entire project was deleted. I had iCloud but anytime I tried to save it to that it said “Couldn’t autosave” as well.
As a student, it’s already hard enough that my professors all use PowerPoint to make their presentations, so I constantly have to change font sizes in order to keep things neat and organized on my screen.
There was a nifty quick and easy way to quickly increase or decrease font size with “up” and “down” arrows beside the font value. Last update, you took it out! Why on earth would you remove a feature from an update? It’s a pain and is very frustrating.
Constant crashing when opening Keynote files 1/5
Opening and working on Keynote files from the version prior to 7.1 crashes constantly.
Hands down the BEST presentation program! 5/5
By Eugene Wolffe
I love Keynote! Having used it for over seven years, the thing I like most about it is how it is not only accessible to people of all skill levels. In fact, while I started outusing Keynote casually, it is the reason I finally immersed myself in te field of graphic design. Features are added often enough to keep pace with the avid presenter, and whether you are just starting out and relying heavily on templates or making each slide completely your own, Keynote encourages everyone to push the limits of their abilities. I just was to thank the Keynote team for the best app included with every Mac!
Usable, but another poor Apple user interface.
Object List 5/5
An absence of power-user-focused features hasn’t stopped Keynote from being the standout leader in presentations for at least a decade. I imagine the subset of users who desire things like the Object List are few and far between, but for those of us who have been clamoring for “pro” features, this is an absolute game-changer. Thank you, and please keep them coming.
need time to change from ppt 4/5
Works good on video and gif. Not very user friendly.
New Keynote 1/5
Apple keeps updating keynote and it keeps falling shorter and shorter from microsoft powerpoint. It seems absurd that I’m forced to put microsoft products on my mac because the Apple products keep losing functionality.
I still long for version 9 1/5
I have been using Keynote for teaching and lecture presentations for years. For some unknown reason someone decided to redo the application from scratch and it has been a disaster. I have managed to keep the old version which is all I use, but now have a new laptop and cannot instal the older one. Aside from the factr that someone ruined all the intuitively easy ways of creating a presentation, a decision was made that one should only use one background per presentation. Why? That is one person’s aesthetic, but why impose it on others? I llike to use the blackboard for text, but for photos the best is a black background; sometimes one needs a white one. But in the new version, this is not possible, unless an improvement has been made that I am not aware of. This is simply crazy! Why was a good app ruined?
Good. Room For Improvement 4/5
I like Keynote because of the creative capabilities it does possesses but, lately I have been noticing that it has been quite buggy with lag times up to 30 seconds on occasion which makes it a pain, especially when I just want to open it up quickly and make a couple adjustments to my presentations and I’m sitting there waiting for the loading beach ball icon to disappear. So, for the time being, I guess I’ll go with Microsoft PowerPoint. Please fix this ASAP, Apple!
I’m scared to update 5/5
By Sparkle britches 1234
I LOVE Keynote! It’s now the main reason I still use Mac. I have become increasingly disappointed with mac updates and the fact that they discontinue products without making new ones comaptible to old ones. I have Pages documents that i kept for a reason, i still use them, but i can no longer open them in pages because my computer tells me they are too old. I used to make DVDs of weddings and recitals and school plays, but i can no longer offer those services to my community becasue iDVD is no longer available, and there isn’t anything that can take it’s place. The response i get from Apple is that DVDs are outdated. Yet, that is still the medium for weddings, recitals, school plays, etc. Yes, i can put the movies onto flash drives, but paretns do not want to pay that kind of price. I have to charge way too much for flash drives.
I use keynote for huge projects that involve movies and moving graphics. Powerpoint cannot handle that much motion. It lags and glitches, so i depend on keynote. However, as with every update on all the other mac software i use, i’m afraid to update because i can’t afford to go through the HOURS of tech support trying to fix the problem, and usually not fixing it.
I’m getting to the point where i’m about to give up on Apple, after over 10 years of being an advocate, i just can’t handle the CONSTANT updates and all teh problems that come with them. AND if you update and realize there are features that they have discarded, and you want to go back to the old version, that’s just too bad. Everything new only works with the newset updated version. It’s really frustrating that I cannot continue to use the products that wotked really well for me. I HATE the new calendar. I used to love it, but about 3 updates ago, it became more of an headache than an asset. I’ve gone back to paper planners!!
Arg!! I’m so sad, they are ruining such a great product and company.