KeyNEWS: What’s new in Keynote 9.0

Keynote 9.0 is the latest update for Apple Keynote which was released on April 3 with the MacOS. The last update with major improvements was approximately 1 year ago, Keynote 8.0. As in this update, the focus for the last 2 years is still iCloud integration and collaboration.

1. Add a shape to your shapes library

Now you can add customized shapes to your library. When you save a custom shape to your library, its path, flip, and rotation properties are saved. However, the size, color, opacity, and other properties aren’t.

How to save a shape to your library?

It is quite simple, really. Just control-click or right-click the shape and choose Save to My Shapes.

To have the shape in your iCloud library you need:

An iOS device with iOS 11.2 or later or a Mac with macOS 10.13.2 or later. Sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID and turn on iCloud Drive on all your devices.

2. Sync themes with iCloud

Another cool and much-needed feature that came to Keynote is that now your themes are syncing to your iCloud. This means that you can have Keynote, Pages and Numbers files with the same font, colors, and style across all your devices. This again is useful for company presentations that need to have the brand look.

3. Collaboration Improvements

Keynote collaboration in real-time is great but has some restrictions. One of them being a presentation in collaboration mode, in which you couldn’t edit objects in groups. Luckily, Apple is working more and more on this feature and now the groups are editable! Even more, there are some nice interface and performance improvements. Hurray!

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