This QuickStart Guide will show you how to use Tweets for Keynote and Tweets for PowerPoint. You can download them from the Downloads page, and read how to install the scripts in the Installation Instructions.
How do I use Tweets for Keynote and Tweets for PowerPoint?
- To use Tweets for Keynote or Tweets for PowerPoint, you need to make sure that the Presenter Notes are visible when you are editing your presentation. The instructions for doing this for Keynote and PowerPoint for Mac are shown below.
- You can add a Tweet to a slide by entering it between [tweet] [/tweet] tags in the Presenter Notes. Bear in mind that the maximum length of a Tweet is 140 characters. Tweets longer than this will be truncated (text Tweets to a limit of 140 characters, Tweets with images to a limit of 115 characters to allow for the image URL).
- You can add an image to a Tweet by entering the filename between [image] [/image] tags in the Presenter Notes. Due to security features in Mac OS X, images that are not in your Pictures folder cannot be Tweeted. You should make sure that any images that you want to Tweet are in your own Pictures folder.
- You can include one Tweet and one optional image for each slide.
- When you are ready to give your presentation, run the Tweets for Keynote or Tweets for PowerPoint script.
- You will be asked to choose a Twitter account to use to send your Tweets from. Select the account you wish to use and click ‘Use this account’ to use it. If you do not see any accounts listed, make sure that you have added them in Mac OS X (see the Installation Instructions).
- Tweets for Keynote or Tweets for PowerPoint will now run in the background, waiting for you to start your Keynote or PowerPoint slideshow. Start your slideshow as normal. When it detects a new Tweet in the Presenter Notes, the script will attempt to send that Tweet via the chosen Twitter account.
- When you have finished your presentation, right click on the Tweets for Keynote or Tweets for PowerPoint icon and choose ‘Quit’ to exit the script.
If there is an error when Tweets for Keynote or Tweets for PowerPoint is trying to send a Tweet, your presentation will not be interrupted. Errors will be seen when you have finished your slideshow.
As you are Tweeting in real-time, you must have an Internet connection.
Displaying the Presenter Notes in Keynote
To display the Presenter Notes while you are editing your Keynote presentation:
- Click on the View menu button and choose ‘Show Presenter Notes’.
- Presenter Notes will appear underneath your slides in Keynote. You can edit the Presenter Notes by typing in the box.
Displaying the Presenter Notes in PowerPoint for Mac
To display the Presenter Notes while you are editing your PowerPoint presentation:
- Presenter Notes are shown by default in the Normal view. Ensure that this is selected in the bottom left-hand toolbar underneath the slide thumbnails pane.
- Presenter Notes will appear underneath your slides in PowerPoint. You can edit the Presenter Notes by typing in the box. If the box is not visible, expand it by clicking and dragging the … at the top of the box.