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Somewhat disappointed with Pages and KeyNote - any suggestions/workarounds?

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  • patigoon Calculating status...
    These were just the sort of uses I was hoping for as well. I've transferred via iTunes one PP presentation and one Word document; once there I could edit them, but could not then get them back to my laptop (Pages/Keynote docs do not seem to appear in the iTunes File Sharing pane at the bottom of the Apps tab for the iPad). Any ideas about that? Until I can move the files back to my computer I can't tell whether or not they are stable.
    MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • xenolalia Calculating status...
    Sorry, but you could transfer Ppt from a pc/laptop to your iPad? My desktop with Windows 7 has a bug that will not allow iTunes to do this and on my laptop it only wants to upload Pages documents.

    Sorry to go somewhat OT but this is the first post I've run across where someone could sync anything related to Office 2007.
    Latitude, Windows Vista
  • patigoon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It was from PPT for Mac, not Windows. Of course it opens and is stored as a Pages presentation on the iPad. It changed my font to another very close one; otherwise it came through beautifully. My slides are only images and text, however. Do anyone know how to then get the presentation BACK to my laptop?
    MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • patigoon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the sympathy! I actually have Mobile Me, so I guess I'll just throw things onto the iDisk at day's end. I'll test it to see whether the file is altered by being edited on the iPad. I'd like to say I'd consider returning it, but it's too late! I love it too much.
    MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • xenolalia Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thanks for the clarification patigoon.

    I have been told that ReaddleDocs and perhaps Documents to Go could handle my transfer issues but that does nothing, of course, to address how iPad Pages strips so much out of a scholarly 2007 Word file. In the meantime, Mobile Me's iDisk does not transfer for me because I cannot find a way to move it from the viewer on the iPad to Pages.

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    Latitude, Windows Vista
  • patigoon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    On file transfer, a victory; confirmation on iPad Pages wreaking havoc on content, confirmation. Pages documents may be moved from iPad to Mac via the Export option (bottom left icon of the three in My Documents view on iPad). Choose Pages format, and it appears when you sync in the iTunes App tab (down below the list of Apps), but it cannot be opened by the Mac. If sent as a Word file, it will open, and looks pretty good. But the iPad is a footnote etc. killer - images travelled back and forth, but not footnotes. So it's really only good for memos and presentation notes, and that's a real pity.
    MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,690 points)
    This kind of lost functionality isn't too surprising to me, I dealt with it all the time with my Palm using a variety of Office-like programs. I even dealt with the problem for a while with my first couple notebook computers using programs like WordPerfect on my desktop and a WordPerfect lite on my notebook when notebook computers were very underpowered compared to desktops.

    I've developed a work flow over the years where I start developing the document on my portable device and flesh it out on my desktop and I even kept this up for quite a while even after notebooks caught up with their desktop cousins. This is how I'll continue to work with my iPad.
    20 + 24 iMac • 13" + 15" MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.3), WinXP • Linux • iPhone 3GS • Touch • iPad
  • maclover009 Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    I would recommend that you go to and report the printing functionality and wireless projection as something you would like to see in the future. I would assume that a 3rd party may make a wireless presentation adapter in the near future. As to the grouping and footnotes in Pages and Keynote, it is a bug. It's not intended to do that and will be fixed in the near future as well. In order to let Apple's team know that there are many people experiencing the same issue, go to the same feedback site and report it as a bug.
     Certified Macintosh Technician /  Certified Support Professional, Mac OS X (10.6), MacBook Pro / iPad / iPhone 3GS
  • marconiusrex Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
    Well...I wouldn't expect the iPad to work with Windows software (Word, PP etc.) but it should at least work with Pages, Keynote etc. Mac software should be compatible across all Apple platforms. Come on! If it isn't what's the point of even having the iWork software on the iPad in the first place? If they can't make the software compatible between notebooks/desktops and the iPad then I think that the software release on iPad is premature.
    Mac Book Pro (Nov 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.3), 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo,7200 rpm HD, 4GB SDRAM, 6Mb cache, 160GB Ipod Classic
  • Floyd Bloom Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    NS and Patigoon:

    I fully agree that my anticipated use for the iPad was to be able to do Keynote without carrying my MacBook, and it is a disappointment that the transfer won't retain my preferred fonts , grouped objects and transitions--the stuff that makes Keynote so much better that PowerPoint. That said, it is amazing to me that Apple got so many features crammed into an app that costs under 10$, and that it comes close to letting me present a good bit of the talk I really wanted to give. Let's hope the missing features will come with updates--look how long it took to get copy and paste on the iPhone!
    PowerBook G4 (12.1), Mac OS X (10.2.x)
  • ShrinkRap Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have to add my voice to the really disappointed. I am a looooong time Apple/Mac user, going all the way back to the Apple IIe. I've probably owned about 15 different models over the years. I leaped right on the iPad, mainly because I expected I would be able to do Keynote presentations without a laptop. The lack of presenter notes is a real deal-breaker for me. I imported a Keynote presentation from my iMac and it mostly came through okay but clearly without the presenter notes which I really need AND also without the embedded movie clips! What's up with that? I tried bringing in a .mov file through iTunes to add to a slide within Keynote on the iPad but it didn't show up. I am so disappointed about this that I'm not sure whether I'll keep the iPad or not. And, I should add that I'm also a professor who needs presentation capabilities for classes and also for conferences. I was hoping to wow the crowd at a conference in Prague with my iPad presentation.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.3), iPad
  • Floyd Bloom Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    NS-- Sorry to hear that. I have almost found a solution to the Keynote presentations problems but not quite fully. I took my final Keynote presentation and exported it to a Quicktime movie. When I play that movie on my Mac or LapTop, it retains all the fonts, builds, smart builds and transitions, and I can control the pacing by starting or stopping the movie with the space bar. Unfortunately when I add that Movie to the iTunes Library and Sync it into the iPad, even though the file size remains the same (45 MB), the whole movie runs in less than a minute and a half and I have no control over it. Maybe some one has a bright idea on how to retain the Quicktime movie properties and control on the iPad.
    iMac Intel 27", Mac OS X (10.6.3)
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