KeyNEWS: What's new in Keynote in July 2019

Earlier last month, Apple released Keynote 9.1 for Mac! As you can guess by the x.1 number, the update is not a major one but we believe it’s still something you want to know about.

Here are the three top features you will find in the new update:

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1. New ways to style text

Now your text can look very fancy by just making the fill color a gradient or a picture of your choice. This way you can achieve a very modern and digital feeling of your presentation by just tuning your texts! However, the updates do not stop here as there is the ability to apply other outline styles than just a straight line too. Now, you can have a dotted line, drawing line and more!

Step-by-step instructions on how to put a gradient fill on text it:

  1. Select the text you want to fill with a gradient. To fill the whole text in the text box, select the text box.
  2. Click on the Format button.
  3. Click on Text Color.
  4. Click Gradient fill.
  5. To change the colors of the gradient, use the color pickers to choose swatches. Or use the color wheels to select the exact colors you want. For example, choose purple to start the gradient, and blue to end the gradient.

Use the other controls to change the angle and direction of the gradient. To add more colors to the gradient, choose Advanced Gradient Fill from the Text Color pop-up menu. Click a color stop to change the color of that stop. Drag the color stops and use the other controls to change the blend, angle, and direction of the gradient.

Here is a cool example!

And here is a step-by-step on how to add outline style to a text:

  1. Select the text you want to outline. To outline the wohle text in the box, select the text box.
  2. Click the Format button.
  3. Click the advanced options button under Font.
  4. Select Outline.
  5. Select the line type, the color, and the width of the outline.
  6. You can remove the color of the text to emphasize the outline:
  • On Mac, click the Font Color pop-up menu below Character Styles, then choose No Fill.
  • On iPhone or iPad, tap the Format button, tap Text, then tap Text Color. Tap Preset, swipe to the black and white options, and then tap No Fill.

Here is a cool example!

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2. Add inline objects

So, you are probably not that excited about this feature, but let me tell you how convenient it can be. Now you can place images, shapes, and equations inline in text boxes, so they move with the text. This is very helpful for when you are creating a SlideDoc. This will keep everything in place and won’t move too much.


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3. Powerful chart editing

This one is an update for iOS devices only(Keynote 5.1). It’s related to the very much needed chart improvements that are already in Keynote for Mac. Now you can finally change the style of individual series in charts, adjust spacing between columns, and add trendlines.

There are many more improvements and you can check them here for Mac and here for iPad.

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