|Initial release||January 7, 2003|
12.2 / October 31, 2022
|Operating system||macOS 12.0 or later|
12.2 / October 31, 2022
|Available in||33 languages|
List of languages
Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Keynote is a presentation software application developed as a part of the iWork productivity suite by Apple Inc. Version 10 of Keynote for Mac, the latest major update, was released in March 2020. On January 27, 2010, Apple announced a new version of Keynote for iPad with an all-new touch interface. It is now also available for the iPhone to download from the App Store.
Keynote began as a computer program for Apple CEO Steve Jobs to use in creating the presentations for Macworld Conference and Expo and other Apple keynote events. Prior to using Keynote, Jobs had used Concurrence, from Lighthouse Design, a similar product which ran on the NeXTSTEP and OPENSTEP platforms.
In 2005, Apple began selling Keynote 2.0 in conjunction with Pages, a new word processing and page layout application, in a software package called iWork. At the Macworld Conference & Expo 2006, Apple released iWork '06 with updated versions of Keynote 3.0 and Pages 2.0. In addition to official HD compatibility, Keynote 3 added new features, including group scaling, 3D charts, multi-column text boxes, auto bullets in any text field, image adjustments, and free-form masking tools. In addition, Keynote features three-dimensional transitions, such as a rotating cube or a simple flip of the slide.
In the fall of 2007, Apple released Keynote 4.0 in iWork '08, along with Pages 3.0 and the new Numbers spreadsheet application.
- Themes that allow the user to keep consistency in colors and fonts throughout the presentation, including charts, graphs, and tables.
- OpenGL-powered 3D slide transitions and builds that resemble rolling cubes or flipping pages, or dissolving transitions that fade one slide into the next.
- Dual monitor support: the presenter can show the presentation on a screen and still see the desktop or notes from his laptop or presenter screen.
- Exports to: PDF, QuickTime, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, HTML (with JPEG images) and PowerPoint. Keynote also uses .key (presentation files) and .kth (theme files) bundles based on XML.
- Supports all QuickTime video formats (including MPEG-2 and DV) in slideshows.
- Version 3 brings export to IDVD with clickability.
- Compatibility with Apple Remote and the Keynote remote application for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
Keynote Remote was an iOS application that controlled Keynote presentations from an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad over a Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth connection and was released through the App Store. With the release of Keynote for iOS, the app was integrated into the new Keynote application and the stand-alone app was withdrawn.
|Version number||Release date||Changes|
|1.0||January 7, 2003||Initial release.|
|1.1||June 4, 2003||Various enhancements to improve functionality and compatibility.|
|1.1.1||October 28, 2003||Improved stability and several user experience enhancements and much more user-friendly.|
|2.0||January 11, 2005||Released as part of the new iWork 05 package. Includes new transitions/animations, 20 new themes, new presenter tools, and improved export options, including export to Flash.|
|2.0.1||March 21, 2005||Addressed isolated issues that may have affected reliability.|
|2.0.2||May 25, 2005||Addressed isolated issues that may have affected reliability.|
|3.0||January 10, 2006||A new version was released as part of the iWork '06 package. Includes new transitions/animations, new themes, and graphics. Also compiled to run natively on both PowerPC and Intel processors as a universal binary.|
|3.0.1||April 4, 2006||This update to Keynote 3.0 addresses issues with three-dimensional charts and textures. It also addresses several other minor issues.|
|3.0.2||September 28, 2006||This update is for Keynote 3.0.1 and addresses compatibility for accessing Aperture 1.5 content in Keynote.|
|4.0||August 7, 2007||A new version was released as part of the iWork '08 package. New text effects, new transitions, Instant Alpha, Smart Builds.|
|4.0.1||September 27, 2007||Addresses issues with builds and performance.|
|4.0.2||January 29, 2008||This update primarily addresses performance issues while playing or exporting presentations.|
|4.0.3||April 3, 2008||This update addresses performance and stability issues when working with large documents.|
|4.0.4||February 2, 2009||This update addresses compatibility issues with Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2008 as well as general compatibility issues.|
|5.0||January 6, 2009||Released as a part of the new iWork '09 package, it includes new chart animations, "Magic Move" and support for the Keynote Remote iPhone/iPod Touch application.|
|5.0.1||March 26, 2009||Improves reliability when deleting Keynote files, copying slides between presentations, or working with transitions and builds.|
|5.0.2||May 28, 2009||Improves reliability when saving documents and when playing presentations more than once per Keynote session.|
|5.0.3||September 28, 2009||Improves reliability with exporting to GarageBand, drag and drop, and animations.|
|5.0.4||September 2010||Fixes issues in Keynote.|
|5.0.5||January 5, 2011||Allows playback of Keynote presentations on iWork.com, with over 15 animations and effects, when using the latest version of Safari. Addresses an issue with the Drop transition, Dissolve build and shape colors. Addresses an issue with rulers. Adds support for Keynote Remote 1.2*, including high-resolution slides for the Retina display.|
|5.1||July 20, 2011||Adds support for OS X Lion, including Full-Screen, Resume, Auto Save, Versions, and Character picker. Improves Microsoft Office Compatibility. Adds new builds: Anvil and Fall Apart. |
Removes the ability to export movies with transparency.
|5.1.1||December 1, 2011||Addresses issues that occur when working with large Keynote presentations on Mac OS X Lion and includes improvements in stability and accessibility.|
|5.2||July 25, 2012||Adds support for iCloud documents and dictation. Takes advantage of Retina displays.|
|5.3||December 4, 2012||Adds support for Keynote for iOS 6|
|6.0||October 22, 2013||Released as part of iWork for Mac which has been re-engineered from scratch, according to Apple, in 64-bit, and with iCloud syncing capability. Many features were removed.|
|6.0.1||November 21, 2013||Customize the toolbar with your most important tools - Stability improvements and bug fixes.|
|6.1||January 23, 2014||Added new transitions, display options, and improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint.|
|6.2||April 1, 2014||Improved Presenter Display layouts and labels. Added new transitions and builds Object Revolve, Drift and Scale, and Skid. Improved Magic Move, including text morphing. Motion blurs can now be applied to animations. The release includes various other fixes and usability improvements.|
|6.5||October 16, 2014||Updated design for OS X Yosemite, added support for iCloud Drive and Handoff with iOS 8, and updated file format to improve support for third-party online services. Allows customization of the presenter display layout, includes a new Trace animation and contains several improvements for editing presentations.|
|6.6||October 15, 2015||Updated for OS X El Capitan|
|6.6.1||November 11, 2015||Bug fixes|
|6.6.2||May 10, 2016||This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.|
|7.0||September 2016||Updated for macOS Sierra, introduced Collaboration (Beta), added Keynote Live support, added tabbing support to use multiple presentations in one window and introduced backward compatibility for Keynote '05 presentations.|
|7.0.5||October 27, 2016||Bug fixes|
|7.1||March 27, 2017||New "Object List" sidebar with an ordered list of slide objects, Keynote 1.0 compatibility, Touch ID support, and export of presentations to compatible websites.|
|7.1.1||April 26, 2017||This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.|
|7.2||June 13, 2017||"Shapes Library" with new built-in shapes and support for custom user shapes, comment replies, new "Auto-Correction" preferences pane, and an option to disable "Auto-Center" while editing a slide.|
|7.3||September 19, 2017||"Object List" filtering, performance, and stability improvements.|
|7.3.1||November 2, 2017|
|8.0||March 27, 2018||Collaborate in real time on presentations stored in Box (Requires macOS High Sierra). Use donut charts to visualize data. Add an interactive image gallery to view a collection of photos. Enhance presentations with a variety of new editable shapes. Additional options for reducing the file size of presentations.|
|8.0.1||May 3, 2018||Stability and performance improvements.|
|8.1||June 18, 2018||Support for mathematical equations (LaTeX, MathML), a new look for charts (rounded corners), and new editable shapes. Also improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint and for Arabic and Hebrew languages.|
|8.2||September 13, 2018||Support for Dark Mode, Continuity Camera and Audio Recording.|
|8.3||October 18, 2018||Stability and performance improvements.|
|9.01||April 3, 2019||Stability and performance improvements. Animated GIFs, Sync shapes, Sync themes|
|9.02||May 8, 2019||Fixes issue that caused closed captions for videos to fail to play during a slideshow|
|9.1||June 25, 2019||Style text by filling it with gradients or images or by applying new outline styles. Place images, shapes, and equations inline in text boxes so they move with the text. Edit master slides while collaborating on a presentation. Using face detection, subjects in photos are intelligently positioned in placeholders and objects.|
|10.0||March 31, 2020||New themes (Select from a variety of new themes). Cloud Drive folder sharing: Add a Keynote presentation to a shared iCloud Drive folder to automatically start collaborating. (Requires macOS 10.15.4). Edit shared presentations offline: Edit shared presentations while offline and the changes will upload when you're back online. Easily access the recently used themes in a redesigned theme chooser. Print or export a PDF of the presentation with comments included. Add a drop cap to make the text stand out with a large, decorative first letter. Enhance your presentations with a variety of new, editable shapes.|
|10.1||July 9, 2020||The presentation can play in windowed mode, allowing users to switch applications without interruption. Videos can now play across slides through transitions. Move-along-path animation now allows objects to align to the path during animation.|
|10.2||September 22, 2020||Added support for web video from YouTube and Vimeo within slides. Added more editable shapes and video export options.|
|10.3.5||November 12, 2020||Updated UI to be consistent with macOS Big Sur.|
|11.0||March 23, 2021||Presenter notes now support windowed mode. Added thumbnails in the build order window for editing complex sequences.|
|12.0||April 7, 2022||Added Shortcuts support on macOS Monterey. Updated icon for iOS and iPadOS.|
- Presentation program
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