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susylong Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I would really love to use Keynote to make a scientific poster for an imminent conference. Back in my PC life I used to use powerpoint, and would simply make the poster fit on one slide, by increasing the slide size to the size of the eventual poster (A0 or 118.9 cm x 841 cm). I can't seem to do this on Keynote - even converting the size in cm to pixels. Is there a maximum slide size limit? Does anyone know how I can get round this? (I really don't want to go back to Powerpoint!)

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • 1. Re: Using Keynote to produce a scientific poster
    Tulse Level 5 Level 5 (5,790 points)
    Welcome to the forums!

    Is there a reason you're not using Pages? It's designed for doing print work, and Page Setup will let you specify whatever custom page size you want.
  • 2. Re: Using Keynote to produce a scientific poster
    AKAZ10 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I made a scientific poster in Keynote a couple weeks ago. I imported a Power Point template for a poster into Keynote. The slide size was 3456 X 2595 pixels. I reduced the slide size to 1024 X 768 pixels and created my poster. Then, I increased the slide size again to 3456 X 2595 and had my poster.

    Because the printer I was then going to use did not recognize Keynote, I exported to PDF and printed my poster. I could have also exported to Power Point as the computer that ran the printer I was using had the Power Point application.
  • 3. Re: Using Keynote to produce a scientific poster
    jerryross2 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I'm also looking to make a large poster 4'x3' = 3456 x 2592 pixels @ 72 pixels per inch. I'm not sure whether I should use Keynote or Pages. If I use Pages, can I get Keynote backgrounds imported? If I use Keynote how do I scale the slide beyond 1024x768 ? Recommendations?
  • 4. Re: Using Keynote to produce a scientific poster
    AKAZ10 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    To change the size of a Keynote slide for a poster, go to Inspector > Document Inspector and look at the bottom of the Inspector window and choose Slide Size > Custom Slide Size.

    I see that Pages was suggested for making a poster. I don't know Pages as well as I know Keynote so I can't offer a suggestion.
  • 5. Re: Using Keynote to produce a scientific poster
    sagarpandit68 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Use Pages for poster. It is the best. I always use that.
  • 6. Re: Using Keynote to produce a scientific poster
    twrojas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi AKAZ10, quick question regarding your Keynote scientific poster.

    Why did you reduce the custom slide size (3456 x 2595) to 1024 x 768 first, and then increased it again?

    In other words, do you recommend doing this, or would working with whatever original slide size obtained from PowerPoint work in Keynote?

    Another question, for anyone out there that may know:

    I have to create a scientific poster to fit into an easel with quite interesting dimensions (interesting b/c I am used to horizontal layouts, but this one will have to be vertical/portrait):

    36 (Height) x 30 (Width)

    What pixel size should I use so that my Keynote poster fits this easel size?

    Thanks!!!
  • 7. Re: Using Keynote to produce a scientific poster
    AKAZ10 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I reduced the size so I could see the entire poster on my screen then increased it for printing.
  • 8. Re: Using Keynote to produce a scientific poster
    twrojas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Gotcha!

    Make sense.

    Thanks!
  • 10. Re: Using Keynote to produce a scientific poster
    Kyn Drake Level 7 Level 7 (21,460 points)
    Ahhh, THAT'S what a research poster is! I've seen those before at http://www.apple.com/science/poster/WWDCPosterTemplates.zip (no, I'm not that clever, that's the URL from the video loquat149 linked to) but didn't know these WWDC Posters could do double duty.

    Message was edited by: Kyn Drake
  • 11. Re: Using Keynote to produce a scientific poster
    Grant Abt1 Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    I've almost finished making a portrait poster 1 m x 1.5 m in Pages. I started it in Keynote because i saw the video on using Keynote in the Science section on the Apple website. However, I think it was easier in Pages. After all, that's the kind of thing Pages is made for! My only (and biggest) gripe about all of this is that as a scientist i still can't display error bars in the graphs!! It's SO frustrating that Apple is touting Pages and Keynote use to us scientists and then doesn't give us the tools that we need. I will still use Pages for finishing the poster because it looks great, however i do wish Apple would respond to the basic needs of scientists...

    Grant.
  • 12. Re: Using Keynote to produce a scientific poster
    loquat149 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I've seen this gripe before and, as a scientist, don't understand why Pages or Keynote should be expected to generate scientific plots. Why don't you just use Matlab, R, or whatever statistical package you use for your analysis to create the plots you need then import them into Keynote or Pages via PDF, PNG, etc? I made some pretty cool plots a few months ago in Matlab, exported them as PDF's to Illustrator, removed the bounding box and background, and imported them into Keynote. When I added a drop shadow in Keynote the axes, plot symbols, etc. all cast their own shadows. Subtle yet effective.

    Dave
  • 13. Re: Using Keynote to produce a scientific poster
    hightower302 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Has anyone figred out a good way to wrap text around a figure without using two text boxes?
  • 14. Re: Using Keynote to produce a scientific poster
    Tulse Level 5 Level 5 (5,790 points)
    Again, if your output will be print, Pages is a much better application than Keynote to do it in. If you really need text wrapped in Keynote, one workaround is to do the layout first in Pages (using text boxes and whatever figures you need), then select all the objects and copy them to the clipboard. Next, open Preview, and in the File menu choose New from Clipboard. Save the resulting image as a PDF, and you can insert this into your Keynote slide. The text will no longer be editable in Keynote, but because it is a PDF it will be easily resizable without losing quality.
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