Keynote is for giving presentations, and if you’ve ever used PowerPoint, well, it’s like that, except you don’t want to kill yourself while you are using it. I mean, I’m sure there are people who enjoy using PowerPoint. I think they are called masochists. (I kid, I kid!)
PowerPoint, you’re fine for the Windows-wielding corporate drones of the world. Make your charts & graphs showing projections for the 4th fiscal quarter… someone has to do it. Is it my background as a designer that makes me feel like Keynote “gets it” where PowerPoint does not? I don’t know… but I actually like using Keynote for building presentations. In the olden days (2006) I’d probably be all hellbent on using S5 or some (web-)standards based presentation thingy, to avoid using a PDF, or a PowerPoint file, or some other thing I deemed “evil” or such… but I guess I’ve mellowed a bit… and, I like Keynote.
As for Numbers, I have less use for it, but appreciate the fact that I have a spreadsheet application that runs on my own computer instead of the cloud, and feels cleaner and functions better than the offerings of NeoOffice or OpenOffice. I tend to use spreadsheets as spreadsheets and not databases, as many people do, so I don’t use it a lot. I did find that making charts & graphs was pretty damn easy. I never knew how to make a damn chart in Excel, but Numbers was intuitive. In the olden days (2004) I’d probably be all hellbent on writing some Perl code to generate an SVG file if I needed a graph. It is nice to have Numbers around as an option though.
So while I’m thankful for these useful tools, I’m still a fan of writing HTML for presentations, and (being able to) write code to generate charts & graphs. I mean, choice is a good thing… right?
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