8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 3, 2014 2:19 AM by EdwinNL
gillespiegregory Level 1 Level 1

why do some old keyonte presentations open in the latest version and others don't?

  • Gary Scotland Level 6 Level 6

    Right click one of the files > Get Info > Open With > select Keynote version 5 > click change all

  • gillespiegregory Level 1 Level 1

    I can get all the way to "select Keynote version 5.3", but don't see where "change all" option is at.  Can you clarify?


    thanks so much,



  • Gary Scotland Level 6 Level 6

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  • gillespiegregory Level 1 Level 1

    Very helpful.  But that still doesn't help.  I am attempting to open a keynote presentation made in 5.3, in version 6.  It processes like it is going to open, but at the very end gives a message that it cannot be opened [in version 6] but will still open in version 5.3.  Any ideas why some presentations created in 5.3 will open in 6, but others will not?

  • PresenterMentor Level 1 Level 1

    The usual culprits are embedded movies with odd codecs that won't transfer across (although you usually get a warning pop-up about those), really huge images, larger than 3000 pixels wide, or non-standard Themes which you have purchased or created yourself that cause a glitch.


    For an important presentation that you have spent a lot of time developing, save a backup and then, using 5.3, break it into a few chunks of 10 slides, saving each separately. Then try opening each one in 6.1 - I've had to do this a couple of times and I can usually get 70% or more of the preso converted to 6.1. Then you can break the mini-preso(s) that won't convert down into individual 1-slide documents and convert them until you hit the problem slide(s).


    Slow, tedious, process of elimination. No other way around it that I have found.


    Keynote 6 should be a fairly nice app some time later this year; for now it's buggy as **** for pro users who have crafted beautiful presentations. I'm not going to say "bear with it", because I haven't. The workflow of 5.3 is so much swifter, I still do all my client work in that version; but for my own presos, I'm converting a copy of each of them over a bit at a time.



  • Julekblue Level 1 Level 1

    I have even worse case. Presentation was created using 6.01. After upgrade to 6.1, message is:


    "You need a newer version of Keynote to open this presentation."


    Does not open using 5.3, and 6.01 is overwritten by 6.1


    Upgrading Apple applications is more and more dangerous !





  • loot Level 1 Level 1



    Any documents creaded/edited/saved bij the 6 version of keynote/pages can NOT be opened anymore after the updates from today...


    Message appears: "You need a newer version of Keynote to open this presentation."


    I repeat: This is Keynote version 6.1 generating this error messages!!

  • EdwinNL Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same problem: presentations created in Keynote 4.0.4 (iWork '08) won't open anymore in the new Keynote 6.1 (iWork '09) in the newest OSX Maverick 10.9.2. I see more people with this problem, but no solution yet that works! People with Apple: what can be done to resolve this?