This method only works in Keynote verion 5.3 and older versions, the current version is 6.1 and it does not facilitate linking to other Keynote files.
In 5.3 when linking to a separate presentation it always links to the start, therefore you need to create 3 presentations for each part of the show; link part 1 to part 2 then link part 2 to part 3.
An alternative is to place all the images and music files into a single slide and use Builds to play and time the presentation.
Great info. Thanks Gary.
It's a strange concept to put all the slides under one of them and then use Builds... How do you see all the slides in the Edit mode since I assume they will all sit on top of each other? What if you want to re-arrange the order, for example?
I am reluctant to move to v6. Your statement above seems to refinforce that decision. But to do due dilligence, is there a better way to do my original premise in V6.x?
A slide is just a container, whether there are 100 slides with 1 photo on each slide, or 1 slide with 100 photos, they will both play as required, its just another way of programming the presentation.
The build order list is used to drag and drop to rearrange and time the objects on the slide, in the example below, there are 52 photos, 52 shapes 7 videos and 8 sound files in the presentation.
Inspector > Animate > Build In > Build Order
I actually use Keynote 6.1 as my preferred presentation tool, its reliable and easy to use.
I only use it for new presentations. Older presentations are edited using 5.3.
As with previous versions, Keynote 6.1 does not allow linking to other Keynote files.
I therefore use the technique of 1 slide with multiple builds which is more effective.