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Import Pages outline to Keynote

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under MS Office it is possible to import a outline word document to PowerPoint so that you have the action titles for you presentation. I am looking for a way to do the same with Pages and Keynote. Does someone know a trick? Is there mybe an API to program something with AppleScript?

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  • Brie Fly Level 5 Level 5 (7,925 points)
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    May 18, 2009 3:46 PM (in response to Jochen Wargulski)
    OmniOutliner will do this, but Pages will not.
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  • wideEyedPupil Level 2 Level 2 (360 points)
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    May 19, 2009 8:44 AM (in response to Jochen Wargulski)
    Creating text on new slides is within the grasp of Applescript. The API as it were, is the Applescript dictionary an Application makes available to Applescript which has System wide access to Applications (with differing levels of control depending on the Published Dictionary). Applescript can also invoke Menu commands by using short-cut keystrokes and sending them as Apple-Events to the application.

    Suggest you follow up on the Applescript Discussions forum where you'll get considerable support for Applescript but little for Keynote specifics as there isn't much of a dictionary and no Document Object Model what so ever. I have seen scripts written that can achieve what you want, in one case copying text from one application enhancing it in Illustrator, then pasting it into keynote.

    Applescript is a high level scripting language with a subtle grammar and syntax so a fair amount of learning is required to get even simple things happening compared to Javascript IMO. It's powerful and cross-application though.
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  • Brian Peat Level 6 Level 6 (18,205 points)
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    May 19, 2009 2:17 PM (in response to Jochen Wargulski)
    Would this help? eynote/

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  • Brie Fly Level 5 Level 5 (7,925 points)
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    May 20, 2009 10:40 AM (in response to Brian Peat)
    Absolutely cool!

    With the outline created and the target Keynote file open, one can drag the outline title to the title slide, create the next new slide, then select and drag/drop the remaining outline, in parts if necessary, so an existing Keynote can be supplemented in this fashion without having to start over.
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