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Is keynote on iOS fully compatible with iWork on OS X?

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Oct 22, 2012 1:24 AM

I am a teacher and use keynote on my iPad every day.  I have created many presentations using the built-in templates.  It is a joy to use this app.  The same is true for numbers, which I use to do everything from my class registers to end of semester grade reports.


I am considering buying my first Apple computer.  I read in this thread that the iOS and OS X versions of keynote aren't fully compatible.  There seemed to be serious issues with graphics and fonts.  That was some time ago.  Have these problems been resolved?  This is a critical part of my decision.  I want to be able to manually edit keynote themes on a desktop and then use them with my iPad.  (Currently theme editing is not possible on iOS).  If I can't seemlessly edit files on one, have them update and sync to the other via iCloud, then I don't think I will bother buying a Mac.

iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iOS 5.1.1
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,850 points)

    I doubt they will ever be fully compatible.  Whether it is close enough to meet your particular needs would need probably require testing by you.  This is what Apple puts out:


  • RNKLN Calculating status...

    I'm using Keynote on both Mac and iPad. There are limitations, indeed, but they don't prevent you from making a nice presentation on the iPad.


    I normally start creating my presentation on the Mac and than transfer to the iPad. I try to use typefaces, transitions and animations that are also supported by the iPad (for instance, action builds are not supported, nor are some of the more subtile animations). I make also sure that all graphical objects (rectangles, rounded ractanges, arrow etc.) i need are in the slides i transfer. From then on, i add slides by duplicating existing slides, thus making sure that the formatting remains consistent across the presentation. It actually works quite well, although it is not the same as having your own templates available.


    In addition, you can also setup a library with photos, images and other graphical objects you need in Photos on the iPad.


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