Jul 6, 2009 David Lang

Putting Accordance to iWork: Keynote Slides

If you use Apple's Keynote presentation software to present outlines or visuals for your lesson or sermon, here are a couple tips to help you get the information you need out of Accordance.

Let's say I want to put up a slide at the beginning of a sermon listing all of the passages I'll be covering so people can bookmark them ahead of time. I use one of Keynote's slide masters and enter the title "Today's Scriptures." In Accordance, I already have a window containing the passages I'll be covering, so I just click in the text, use the Select All command to select everything, then choose References from the Copy As submenu of the Edit menu. I can also control-click to access the Copy As submenu via a contextual menu. When I go to Keynote and paste, I get a properly formatted list of references.




Now, cute as the little girl from the slide master is, I need a more appropriate image. In the Bible Lands PhotoGuide, there's an article on Inscriptions with images of some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, so I'll turn there. Once I find one I like, I'll simply drag the thumbnail from the PhotoGuide onto the image drop-zone of the slide.


Voila! That slide is finished.


Now, let's say I want to create a slide that will enable me to highlight some aspect of a passage, such as the wordplay involving the word "house" in 2 Samuel 7. By using Keynote's objects and builds, I can create a slide which appears to draw circles around certain words and arrows pointing from one word to another. But first I need to get the text into the slide, preferably formatted the way I want. Here's where I'll use Accordance's Copy As Citation feature (accessed from the same menus as Copy As References). In the Citation settings of the Preferences dialog, I can specify that I want the reference for each passage I copy to appear below the citation preceded by an em-dash. I also have a host of other options for how the text gets copied out.


Using a few simple tricks like these to get information out of Accordance in the form you want enables you to spend most of your time in Keynote building your presentation.

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Archived Comments

R. Mansfield

July 06, 2009 9:00 AM

Good stuff. I use Accordance with Keynote regularly myself. I might also suggest that after dropping in the image of the DSS text, use the Instant Alpha feature in Keynote to remove the white space behind the image. 

Dan Masshardt

July 06, 2009 9:09 AM

Would it work similarly in Powerpoint for Mac?  I would think so.

David Lang

July 06, 2009 9:15 AM

Rick, I\'ve been playing with the Instant Alpha feature and think it\'s one of the coolest things I\'ve ever seen. In this case, removing the background causes the scroll image to blend in too much with the beige of the slide. But remove the background from that scroll and then place it over an image of the Qumran caves (also taken from PhotoGuide), and you get a very cool montage.

R. Mansfield

July 06, 2009 10:33 AM

Yes, I thought of the very same thing in regard to the color of the background, but haven\'t you ever changed your entire Keynote theme because of a cool graphic? :-)

I started using Keynote when it was first released because I was so frustrated with the lack of attention that Microsoft had given to PowerPoint over the years. In particular video didn\'t work well in PowerPoint, and in my opinion it still doesn\'t because it cannot actually be embedded as can be done in Keynote. 

Admittedly, Microsoft has finally improved PowerPoint a good bit, but I\'ve found Keynote to be so very superior that I use it exclusively now--at least twice a week at minimum. I still prefer the presenter screen in PowerPoint, but at least the Keynote presenter screen is customizable which helps. I generally give half my screen to my notes, moving current and next slide vertically to the left.

By the way, although I usually create a table in Keynote to put biblical texts side by side, especially when comparing translations, there are also times when I\'ve simply grabbed a screenshot of the Accordance Window since it looks pretty good, too!