3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 11, 2006 12:51 PM by Tulse
ahepcat Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
Every week for church I have to combine several keynote presentations (each representing a different song) into one long presentation. It's a pain having to open each presentation individually, copy all, switch to the new presentation, and paste all in place -- and do this for 8-10 different presentations.

Is there a way to simply drag-and-drop or add several presentations into the current week's? I've tried several different ways without luck. If not within Keynote, is there a way to do this with Automator?

Thanks!

powerbook g4, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Brie Fly Level 5 Level 5 (7,925 points)
    It might be less work to simply add a "Keynote File" hyperlink to the last slide of each song. Instead of consolidating a different weekly combination of song presentations, simply edit the hyperlink(s) to link the chosen songs in the intended order.
  • Brian Peat Level 6 Level 6 (18,215 points)
    or you could use Keynote just for the sermon and switch to this:

    http://www.liveworship.com/

    or this:

    http://www.graymattercomputing.com/pages/oratorio.htm

    for your worship. Dealing with ONE file per song is going to get old really quickly. Do you really want to have to find a way to merge several songs every time you do a service? There are apps made for this kind of thing

    for a full list check out the page I maintain on my site:

    http://www.thepeatgroup.com/MforM/presentation.html
  • Tulse Level 5 Level 5 (5,790 points)
    If you weren't aware of the slide collapsing feature, you might find it helpful, as you could collapse all the slides of one song presentation and make moving the slides much easier. To do this, go into the Slide Navigator view (where all the slides appear down the left side of the window. Select all the slides except for the first one and drag them over to the right until a blue line with a downward triangle appears under the first slide. Release, and all the slides will be collapsed under the first slide (there will be a disclosure triangle beside the first slide that you can click to hide all the other slides).

    You can drag and drop this single collapsed slide to a new presentation, and it put all the slides there. Thus, one possibility is instead of having multiple presentations, each for a single song, put all the songs, in collapsed form, into a single "master list" presentation. Then, to build a new weekly presentation, just drag and drop the single collapsed slide that contains all the slides for a given song. In this way, you will only have to move slides between two presentations, the "master" that has all the songs, and the new weekly version.

    Alternatively, you might consider whether Keynote is the best solution for you. One long-time contributor here, Brian Peat, has compiled an extensive list of software packages that are designed specifically for presenting song lyrics for worship services. You might find that these have features you could use.

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