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  1. Perfect Pitch, Perfectly Free:


    Apple’s latest version of Pages, Pages 5, no longer includes the blank Storyboard template that was was previously included with the app - which is a shame, because it was incredibly handy for sketching out presentations, commercials, you name it. So we set out to right a wrong, and built PitchBoards Sketch: a Pages Template designed for quickly printing out blank storyboard sheets and systems in 4:3, 16:9 or Scope. Sketch includes the same Metabar construct used in PitchBoards NXT, a few pre-formatted examples to get you started, and the Single, Multi-Column and Scene-style layouts you already know from PitchBoards, all ready to tag and print.

    PitchBoards Sketch is already included in our latest release for Keynote, but if you really only need a blank canvas to get your next great idea flowing, we’re making the stand-alone Pages Template available absolutely Free: grab the download from the link below, instructions are built into the Template itself, and the DMG will walk you through initial installation.  You’ll have structured, tagged blanks in-hand in no time. 

    Download: PitchBoards Sketch 1.0 : Pages 5 (US/ISO)

  2. Keynote 6.x Click-Installs are Now Available, Additional Notes on Keynote 6 Compatibility.

    Updated Click-Install packages for Keynote 6.x are now live for the bulk of our themes that will make the transition forward - the ‘08 theme updates will be going live over the next few days to get the remaining Keynote 6-compatible themes up to date.  We’ll be keeping the existing iWork ‘08/’09 packages up alongside the updated Keynote 6-specific packages for the time being - look for the Keynote 6 Click-Install versions in the Updates section below the Core Downloads for each applicable theme in your theme library for now - we’ll update the Core Downloads section to include both shortly.  Update Feb 10: The Keynote 6 theme installers are now integrated directly into the Mac Downloads section above the usual iWork’08/’09 downloads.  All ‘08/’09 Keynote themes not specifically listed below have been updated and are live in the system. 

    The Click-Installs are self-contained, so no more Installer to run - just double-click each theme variation in the package to add it to Keynote 6 - and some of you will be very pleased to know that you’ll no longer need to go digging for Supplementals, it’s now a live file/folder (as appropriate) in the DMG you can place wherever you like for ongoing reference.

    As previously noted in our Updated iWork Apps are Here post, a number of themes won’t be making the transition forward - notably Fuse, Canto and Pavilion from the ‘08/’09 catalog, along with the now-retired Classic Keynote themes SoHo, Duet and KeyStation 2.  We’ll continue to offer Fuse and Canto for the time being to support the remaining iWork ‘09 devotees out there (and may yet offer Static-Only Keynote 6 updates for both if there’s significant interest), but will be unable to offer Keynote 6-compatible Kinetic versions of these themes unless the underlying incompatibilities are addressed at some point in a future Keynote 6 update.

    The forthcoming PitchBoards ‘08 Click-Install packages for Keynote 6 *will not* include the PitchBoards Motion Pack files due to  Keynote 6’s lack of support for alpha-channel video: stick to iWork ‘09 entirely if you’re making use of the Motion Pack clips included with the original Producer Edition release. Likewise, Brighton has been updated for Keynote 6 in Static form only - you’ll need to stick to Keynote ‘09 to continue using the Motion version.  We’re actively exploring workarounds that would bring the functionality back for both in 6 - stay tuned there.

    We’ll update here again once we’ve finished getting all of them live, but in the meanwhile, if you’ve been eager to have some of our latest themes showing up in your Keynote 6 chooser just Sign In and grab the updates.

  3. Updated iWork Apps are Here: Proceed with Caution.

    The rumored iWork updates have arrived: Apple announced updated versions of Keynote (6.0) and Pages (5.0) yesterday alongside the Mavericks rollout.  Both applications require Mavericks (OS 10.9) on the desktop, while the updated iOS apps (2.0) require iOS 7.  While at casual glance it looks to be a UI/feature-oriented update, the underlying unifying architectural changes are quite major, and have introduced a number of issues using themes or templates built for the ‘08/’09 applications in the newer apps.

    We’ll dig a bit deeper over the coming days and use this post as a master-thread of sorts to note the issues - and there are many - as they arise.  But as it stands today, based on our limited testing and incoming Support requests, we’re recommending you proceed with caution in updating either Keynote or Pages until you can confirm your particular workflow won’t be impacted by the changes introduced.  

    First off - we highly recommend creating a backup of your current versions of Keynote and Pages applications in an iWork ‘09 folder if you decide to install these latest versions. (*Update - the iWork installers backup the older versions up by default, so look for an iWork ‘09 folder in your Applications folder if you’re having trouble locating the older versions.)

    The newer applications are billed as a “complete rewrite,” and for good reason.  Beyond the single-window UI orientation changes, the apps have moved to a unified file format for desktop, web and mobile underneath.  Unfortunately, web/mobile seem to be in the driver’s seat on that change, resulting in the loss of a number of features you’ve likely become accustomed to on the desktop to accommodate the simplified cloud-centric workflow.

    Pages looks to be the hardest hit, with Page Layout Mode, Insert Pages/Sections and Mail Merge disappearing entirely in favor of the very simplified template approach in the iOS app.  Due to the changes, our ‘08/’09 templates are no longer functional at all in Pages 5: if you’re relying on any of our templates in your daily workflow, be sure to hold onto Pages ‘09 until a way forward becomes apparent.  Documents created in ‘09 will open in Pages 5 (though you’ll no longer be able to add pre-designed pages/sections once it’s opened in the new version - so treat as a mix-down document and version accordingly), but the templates themselves will only produce errors in Pages 5 - you’ll need to continue authoring in ‘09 to use any of our templates for the foreseeable future.

    Likewise, the changes Keynote side present a number of issues, most notably in terms of kinetic themes and animations.  Alpha-channel video support is gone, as is master-level-build support - so themes using video assets such as Brighton Motion, and our Kinetic Themes Fuse and Canto are no longer functionally presentable in Keynote 6.  You’ll need to continue using Keynote 5.x for the foreseeable future for any presentation using any of those themes in their Motion/Kinetic states.

    New presentations can be launched using ‘09 themes in Keynote 6, but you’ll need to add the themes to your Theme Chooser both manually and individually for them to appear persistently in the My Themes tab on the chooser (more on that shortly).  ’08 themes will not open in Keynote 6 - ‘08 themes can, however, be applied to a presentation created in ‘09 and subsequently opened in 6, so fall back to ‘09 to apply any ‘08 themes, save the file, then open in 6 and proceed with caution.  A host of transitions and effects have disappeared, so review your show carefully for changes even if no errors are reported when you open the presentation.

    We’re still uncovering the extent of the changes and associated issues created - we’ll continue updating here over the coming days as we have more information.  In the meanwhile, hold onto ‘09 lest your workflow is disrupted by the upgrades.


    Updates : 11.7.13

    Apple’s posted a Support Article detailing general plans for folding some of the missing features back into the new applications over the coming quarters.  We’ll have to take a wait-and-see approach with regards to Pages, as it’s unclear from the language used if the plan is to re-introduce features in a way that will allow for compatibility with the older, more complex template architecture or if they’ll build toward a new paradigm - as we recommended before, stick with Pages ‘09 for the time being and we’ll actively evaluate the changes as they come.

    Likewise, on the Keynote front we’ll need to see if the “Restoring old transitions and builds” applies to Master slides or not before we know what we can do to move Kinetic themes forward into the new unified architecture - stick to Keynote ‘09 for the Fuse, Canto or Brighton themes for the time being.

    We’ve traditionally shifted our efforts forward into the new version en masse, but given the wait-and-see status on the new versions we’re going to treat Keynote 5.x and Keynote 6.x as separate and distinct branches and begin to tag downloadables accordingly.  In the coming weeks we’ll be adding Keynote 6.x specific downloads for the active ‘08/’09 library that are more tailored to the click-to-add theme installation process introduced in 6.

    If you’d like any of your current Keynote ‘09 themes to display in the Keynote 6 Theme Chooser in the meanwhile, you can do so pretty easily by navigating to the theme’s install folder as noted on the Support Page and double-clicking the specific size(s) you’d like to have running access to (that is, your standard target size for SD and standard target size(s) for HD independently - they display separately now): double clicking the .kth file should present a dialogue to add the theme to the chooser in Keynote 6.  Bear in mind that themes added this way will not feature properly styled icons, etc, though they can be deleted from the chooser directly once we’ve got updated theme files to address the new chooser.  ’08 themes cannot be added this way - stick to Keynote ‘09 to apply the ‘08 themes until we update the individual themes for direct installation into 6.


    Updates : Feb. 4, 2014

    Keynote 6 Click-Install updates are live - more information, including updated Keynote 6 compatibility information, is available here.

  4. Mojave AG, our latest for Keynote.  Available Here.

  5. iWork ‘09: Long Distance Voyager

    One of the questions we get most frequently these days is whether or not these “old ‘08/’09 Themes” we produce continue to work in the latest + greatest versions of Keynote or Pages.  It’s a reasonable question - particularly if you’re new to the applications via the Mac App Store, where no mention is made of the Suite name these days, let alone the Year that once signified the major edition of the suite. We’ve found folks to be genuinely surprised to realize they’re running what amounts to a five-year-old app, and that those “old” themes are still very much current.

    Yet here we are, some five full years after the last major-version release of the latest iWork suite.  That’s not to say that things have remained the same, by any means - Keynote, Pages and Numbers are now available individually, on multiple platforms/devices, and now have moved into Beta for cross-platform cloud functionality.  The changes have been subtle along the way, and while the desktop apps have grown long in the tooth in a lot of ways over the intervening years, they’re remained reliably stable through three major OS iterations (more, if you include iOS), and have added the necessary features and functionality to enable the suite to keep pace with itself on those multiple fronts at each step.

    There have been plenty of rumors, these last couple of years in particular, that we’d see a new major-version release any time now - most recently Apple themselves, if you read their iWork for iCloud statements from this year’s WWDC in a particular (generous) light.  But it remains to be seen exactly when we’ll see any major core changes for the productivity apps beyond their already-engaged transitions to mobile devices and the cloud. Until Apple unveil a new major-version release it remains firmly in the realm of rumor and speculation, and we don’t especially like to engage in either.

    We adopted the Year-based nomenclature for updates on our theme library in 2005/2006 during the iWork ‘06 transition, thinking it would help to dispel any confusion as to which version of the application was required for a particular theme. And that worked wonderfully for a while - making it easy for us to iterate the theme library right alongside iWork’s updates when we needed to, particularly during the ‘08 transition when the theme model architecture changed radically between versions and we needed to overhaul nearly the entire library.

    But in 2013, five years after that last major-version release, when Apple themselves are no longer referring to the apps by Year (outside of the About box in the apps), the logic of continuing on that path seems highly questionable. Just a couple of years back, when we updated our Platform themes to the ‘09 architecture as Platform ‘09, we received more than a few emails wondering why we were building for an older app, from people reasonably assuming it was (then) 2011 and we’d certainly moved on to the (imagined) latest version by now.  That sense has only multiplied since then, judging by the emails we continue to get to this day about these “old ‘08/’09 themes” of ours.   

    We’ve been holding off on any major-version iterations of our themes since Platform ‘09, hoping those “any day now” rumors about an updated iWork would eventually bear fruit and we’d be able to roll each of our house styles forward right alongside sans confusion.  But at some point we’re going to need to update our library whether Apple’s moved forward or not - what’s long in the tooth for a productivity application is almost doubly so for the theme designs used in them.  Our build standards evolve, our tastes change and grow, and our themes should continue moving right along with them regardless. Application stability’s great to a point, but at another point it also becomes a bit of a cage.

    We’re not entirely sure what’s coming next for naming as of yet - save the upcoming anniversary reboot of one of our most well-known themes.  And Apple may yet surprise us with a whole new generation of the iWork apps in the coming months, with a new naming nomenclature of their own that we’d be hard-pressed not to at least consider adopting.  

    In the meanwhile, know that it’s (very) duly noted, and we’re actively evaluating how we’ll handle major-version updates moving forward with as little confusion as possible, regardless of whether iWork ‘09 continues on this long voyage into the years or not.  

  6. iOS Quick-Launch Now Available

    Now you can launch some of your favorite KeynotePro Themes directly to your iOS device when you’re on the go.  Sign in to Your Account using your iOS device and navigate to the theme you’d like to use: iOS-optimized themes now feature a Launch to iOS link that will open a new, blank presentation using the selected theme directly in Keynote for iOS, enabling you to start a new presentation on the go, even when you’re away from your Mac (network connectivity required, naturally). Some of your favorties are available today, with more coming online over the coming weeks.

    Be sure to check out our complete Using KeynotePro Themes and Templates with iWork for iOS report for more details about which themes are currently supported and what to expect in general - we’ve just updated it to cover the latest versions of iWork for iOS.

  7. Waving Goodbye: Classic Themes, Pro+Mobile Editions

    It’s been a year of big changes, particularly on the theme mobility front.  As we noted on the latest Using KeynotePro Themes in iWork for iOS report, the arrival of theme-awareness in iWork for iOS signals the end-of-the-road for our older EP Edition themes.

    If you’ve been using one of our classic iPod or classic iPhone-optimized EP Edition themes for exporting mobile presentations, iWork for iOS is a fantastic evolution of that approach, providing the control over timing and transitions that have traditionally been the crux of the tradeoff between exporting to Quicktime or iPhoto for mobile device playback. With Keynote for iOS and presentation-level theme support, no such tradeoff has to be made.

    We’ll be phasing the currently active Pro+Mobile editions of our themes from the shelves in the coming weeks and shifting entirely to native theme optimzations for iOS where needed and expanding our Quick-Launch functionality to make mobile editing even easier. Pro+Mobile downloads will still be available if you already have EP Editions of our themes in Your Library, but we’ll no longer be developing or updating the EP themes beyond their current state.

    So, too, is it time to say goodbye to a few old friends.  We’ve already started to phase out the remaining Classic Keynote Themes from our inventory - these older themes are optimized for the Keynote 2.x-3.x architecture, and while they continue to work in newer versions of Keynote they’re each needing the attention an update cycle would provide.  Some will return soon in updated form, others are likely to be replaced with entirely new themes better suited to the modern Keynote theme architecture.  Downloads of any Classic Keynote Theme already in your library will continue to be available via Your Account as usual - they’ll eventually be moved to Archival Downloads as newer versions arrive.

  8. KeynotePro’s New Blog Home: Tumblr

    We’ve given up the ghost on the old KeynotePro Blog site, and we’re moving this entire section of our site to  If you’re seeing this, you’re already being forwarded as part of the changeover - welcome to the new digs.

    The change has been a long time coming - very nearly from day one, actually.  While it all seemed very promising when we launched the blog alongside the site updates in 2009, we soon discovered just how inflexible the engine was in terms of how we wanted to incorporate a blog into our operations in a practical sense.  An onerous publication process for casual publishing, paired with an almost instantaneous avalanche of automated link-spam comment submissions to sort through on a daily basis quickly made the blog a headache no one in the studio wanted to deal with.  And as it aged, the engine’s tendency to need constant tweaks alongside the server’s ongoing security updates pushed it from a practical annoyance to an actual liability amongst otherwise stable, reliable services: just last week, we had to forgo a post profiling our new iOS Quick-Launch features at the last minute because - surprise - a security update had rendered the blog once again unable to process submissions.

    And so, enough being enough, it was high time we reclaimed this section of the site from the technical corner we’d inadvertently painted ourselves into all those years ago: time to crumple the page and start with a clean sheet.

    While Tumblr is often thought of as an “other” compared to traditional blog sites, it’s actually uniquely well-suited for what we want in a blog. It’s visually oriented, a snap for us to publish to from wherever we are and, perhaps most importantly, a service we actually use and enjoy in our personal lives - making the process of keeping the blog current a bit more fun and less wearisome all around.  It’s a natural fit. 

    If you’re already a Tumblr user, you’ve probably already noticed the ubiquitous follow button up top + we humbly implore you to click it and tag along. If not, do yourself a favor and click the tumblr icon up top to start exploring one of the most interesting, creative-centric networks you’ll find anywhere online.

    So, here we are.  And glad to be here.  We’ve just started the transition, and some of you will find your way here sooner than others, but the move should be complete in a few days time.  We’ll busy ourselves in the meanwhile with starting to fill in a few lines on that wonderfully clean sheet in front of us.