Keynote for iPad – Introduction to Animation Part 1

Once you've built a presentation in Keynote for iPad, you'll likely want to enhance it with some inspired animation. Adding movement to your slides doesn’t just keep your audience’s attention; it transforms a static presentation into a compelling and persuasive display piece.
With Keynote, you'll find a wealth of options available to animate your presentation. You can create several types of slide animation, including builds—elements that animate one at a time onto a slide—and cool transitions between slides that go far beyond the simple transitions used by other programs.

  • Transitions – Using a transition lets you add an animated effect as you switch from one slide to the next.
    Magic Move – An easy way to create object movement is the Magic Move transition which animates an object between two positions.
    Text Builds – A practical presentation technique is to control the flow of information to the audience using text animation.
    Object Builds – Keynote can reveal (or remove) objects on your slide, such photos or shapes, with animated transitions.
  • Charts Builds – Keynote offers special transitions to reveal the data in a chart or graph.

Add Transitions between Slides

Keynote offers a category of animations called transitions. These animations are used between slides and are meant to signify a change in topic for your audience. Although Keynote offers several transition options, good design practices call for using the right transition mix in a presentation.

To Add a Transition

Transitions are applied to the first slide in a transition pair. That means you should apply the transition to the slide that appears first in the slide navigator. You are essentially transitioning from the selected slide to the next slide in your presentation.
1. Tap the animate button . Keynote prompts you to select a slide or object.

2. Tap a slide's thumbnail in the slide navigator.

A button appears next to the slide to identify which transition has been applied to the slide. If you've not applied a transition yet, it is labeled None.
3. Tap the arrow button or the name of the transition that appears in the button.

4. Swipe the Transitions window to see a list of available transitions.

5. Choose a transition effect.

Once you choose an effect, a preview animation plays automatically. You can click the play button in the Transitions window to repeat the preview.

Be sure to read Part 2 – Keynote for iPad – To Customize a Transition