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Question: how does one raster postscript in keynote?

How do you rasterize .eps, .svg, .ai, .pdf (postscript) files after they are placed in keynote? They look great on a computer screen but look horrible on a smart board, android box, etc.

I can do a screenshot of each one and place that pdf... but what a pain. Is there a menu option I'm missing?

Mac OS X (10.4.6)

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Dec 12, 2017 7:51 AM in response to h.adam.steinberg In response to h.adam.steinberg

Keynote can't accept postscript or svg files. Postscript is an outdated technology, Adobe has replaced Post Script with PDF. Its best to maintain vector images in Keynote, not replace it with bitmap images.

Here is a list of vector graphic filetypes compatibility with Keynote:


drag and drop PDF files directly onto a Keynote slide

PDF is a native file format for Keynote, imported vector shapes and files are saved as PDF files within Keynote. Its therefore useful to save other graphic file formats to PDF files as Keynote can preserve the vector shapes and maintain resolution of bitmap files.

Illustrator (ai) files

Illustrator files can be drag and dropped using Finder on to the slide

Encapsulated PostScript files(eps)

drag and drop directly on to a Keynote slide

PowerPoint shapes

Shapes created in PowerPoint can be directly placed on to a Keynote slide using copy and Paste

Scalable Vector Graphic files (svg) can’t be used in Keynote, convert to PDF then import to Keynote

Postscript files (PS) are unable to be used in Keynote

Dec 12, 2017 7:51 AM

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Dec 12, 2017 8:59 AM in response to Gary Scotland In response to Gary Scotland

When a user places a large .ai file, a large .eps, or a large .pdf file into keynote, it will usually make the computer that is running the keynote presentation temporarily slow to a crawl - trying to rasterize the placed file so it can display it on screen. And if that user is displaying their keynote presentation on a smart board, or a android driven screen, keynote hands off that rasterization to the smartboard or android box, and those devices cannot rasterize the image. The smart board will display the embedded bitmap image that is in the placed .ai, .eps. or .pdf file.

Though I personally love the ability to place large .ai file directly into a keynote presentation, and even go back into that keynote presentation years later and take out that very .ai file and rework it in Illustrator, there are times when we need to be able to convert our placed .ai files into bitmap images so they display correctly when giving a presentation.

Is there a command or option in Keynote that allows the user to convert placed vector files, that contain raster effects, such as .ai, .eps and .pdf, into a bitmap image?

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