Add a Keynote file

You can add a Keynote slideshow to your book. To add a Keynote file created in Keynote 6.0 or later, you must have the latest version of Keynote installed on your Mac.

Note: Keynote files can contain media—such as images, movies, and audio—but don’t use a Keynote file just to add media to your book. Instead, use a Media widget or drag media directly to a book page.

Self-playing files and files with voiceover narration might not work as expected. In addition, some Keynote slideshow features (such as certain slide transitions) might not work as expected.

Add a Keynote file

  1. Choose Keynote from the Widgets pop-up menu in the toolbar.

  2. To add a file, do one of the following:

    • Drag a Keynote file to the Keynote widget.

    • In the Widget inspector, click Interaction, click Choose, and choose a Keynote file.

  3. In the Interaction pane of the Widget inspector, do one of the following:

    • Set the slideshow to play within the book page when readers tap or click it: Click “Plays on page.”

      • Set the slideshow to play automatically when a reader views the book page: Select the “Plays automatically” checkbox.

      • Display the slideshow’s controls in iBooks: Select the “Show transport controls” checkbox.

    • Set the slideshow to play full-screen when readers tap or click its thumbnail image: Click “Plays full-screen.”

      • Continue to edit the widget: Select the thumbnail image, click Edit Keynote, make your changes, and click Done.

      • Change the thumbnail image: Drag a new image to the thumbnail.

You can also drag a Keynote file (.key) directly to the book page without adding a Keynote widget first.

Important: Images in a Keynote file shouldn’t be larger than 25 megapixels (5000 x 5000 pixels) or 50 MB.

You can’t interact with a Keynote slideshow in iBooks Author, but readers can interact with it in the completed book.