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Apple announces the iPad


Computing will never be the same again. Steve Jobs just announced the iPad, a personal computer/pmp/mobile device all combined.

The tech pundits as usual are quick to write it off saying “don’t need one”, “doesn’t have a camera”, “no multitasking”, “no flash”, etc. However, I strongly feel that it is here to stay, and that it will probably change the way we compute on a day to day basis.

The iPad would be great for consuming media – your RSS feeds, tweets, etc. Moreover, it is by far the best device for browsing the web, for email, watching photos & videos, playing games and of course – for reading books.

It is also very competitively priced, and those considering buying a first/second computer for their homes will increasingly choose the iPad over netbooks and PC alternatives. Microsoft – Watch out!

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Create stunning keynote presentations

As mentioned in my earlier article on Stunning Keynote Presentations, I will now take you through various stages of creating the presentation: the workflow, sourcing and integrating quality content, export options, etc.

This is going to be a lengthy article, and hence I’ll be dividing the content into various subsections. The following article is primarily for Apple Keynote users.

Keynote Pipeline

In the illustration above, I’ve created a simple workflow that you could follow to create an attractive presentation.

SOFTWARE: KEYNOTE VS POWERPOINT

I would strongly recommend Keynote over Powerpoint anyday. Keynote is easy to use, faster to setup and gives fantastic output with minimum effort. Powerpoint is quite the opposite: it takes double the time and effort while giving half the quality. With powerpoint, you also spend a lot of time fiddling around with the software, just to get it working the way u intend to use it. If you still must use Powerpoint, all is not lost. You can create simple and good looking presentations by following the basic principles explained here.

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PLANNING

Who’s your target audience, and what is the presentation for? This is the first question that needs to be answered. You’ll need to create variants of your presentation, depending on how and where you intend to use it. Refer to the last topic “Export Options” for more info on creating variants.

Scenario 1: You are presenting to a huge audience. Prepare a keynote. You’ll need a laptop/monitor (facing you, so that you can refer to the next slide)

Scenario 2: You are presenting to a small audience in the boardroom. Prepare a keynote and print handout notes(for distributing to the audience). You’ll need a laptop (facing you, so that you can refer to the next slide)

Scenario 3: You need to send the presentation across to a number of clients. Prepare a keynote video with dubbed audio, powerpoint and a PDF document of the presentation.

Continue reading…

Stunning Keynote Presentations

Before you continue reading, I’d like to ask you a question:
Have you ever watched a Steve Jobs Keynote?

If the answer is YES: skip the following video and continue reading.
If the answer in NO: do yourself a favour – watch this sample video now!

Apple Keynote presentations are simply stunning!

I’ve always been inspired by them: as they are simple, yet very effective in conveying the message. They could very well be the best corporate presentations you would possibly see, ever.

Apple Keynotes seem so simple, that you could easily be fooled into thinking that they are a cakewalk to design and present. In reality, a lot of hardwork goes into each of these. Apple designers and management work closely for months together, refining and polishing until each presentation is close to perfect. Read this article by the guardian.co.uk: behind the magic curtain

That brings us to the question: Can we create presentations of similar standards, and if yes: how?

In my next article, I aim to answer this exact question. I will take you through various stages of creating the presentation: the workflow, sourcing and integrating quality content, export options, etc. Click here to continue reading…

My design guru: Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is the CEO of Apple. He’s fanatical about good design, and it shows in each and every product that Apple delivers. This image says it all!

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Take 2

I initially set up my blog with me.com using iWeb, a Mac application that comes with the OS. Though it is very easy to setup and get started, I found it very limiting. Milind from Smoking Apples suggested me Coda and WordPress, and I find them to be a killer combo!

This website is now powered by WordPress and Modern Clix. I personally love the new look. Let me know what you think via comments.

A snapshot of my earlier template (for posterity):
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