How do I reduce the Keynote filesize

You probably love keynote. Or well I do compared to powerpoint anyways. Not that either of them are super great. Our company Keynote prensentation often needed to be modified prior to different meetings. Therefore we made a MOTHER PRESENTATION that contained all slides. The presentation was a wopping 2 GB and with all the duplicate presentations we suddenly had 5-10 GB used on this – eventually slowly killing all the laptops. With a cloud sharing work flow we could never get it down in time for the meetings. This is when we decided we need to reduce the Keynote filesize!


So do you reduce the Keynote filesize ?

There are some simple steps to follow when making you presentation – but also a lot of things you can do to optimise it if you are in the same situation as us.

Pre optimise:

  • Link to movies – don’t embed them. Yes this is possible. Go to preferences -> general and uncheck “copy audio and movies to document”. Restart Keynote and when you now import a movie (shift+command+v) it is not embedded into the Keynote file. This way multiple presentations can share the same movie.
  • Reduce you movie filesize by using the in app function. Or use Adobe Media encoder – selecting “same setting as document, medium bitrate.”
  • Always make sure you images are no larger than 1920px the maximum view size. And always save them as .jpg and not .png (lossless), before importing them into keynote.
  • Always import images to have control. Dont paste them from a pdf or drag the from the web.

Post optimise:

  • Reduce filesize. Go to the keynote menu file->advanced->Reduce file size.
  • Inspect you document. Go to File->advances->select  filetype-> package. Now you can right click the presentation file and say “open package” – then open the data folder and sort by size. You can now see which files in you document that is causing trouble.
  • Re-link movies. Delete movies from the presentation and re-link them as described above.
  • Edit big images. You can copy a image out of the data folder. Reduce its filesize and save it anywhere. Then from keynote you select the image and chose replace and locate your new file.

That is how you reduce the Keynote filesize!

Fullscreen video from a slide with a small video image ?

I thought I would share how to make your video play fullscreen if they a placed on a slide with other elements. In the context menu “build in” should be start movie on click. Then select actions and add “move”. Move to video to the center. Then Select “add action” and “scale” thus scaling the video to fit the frame. Complete it by pressing “build order in the bottom and choose “start after build 1″ for the move and “with build 2″ for the scale. Done!


Using wordpress custom fields to control the background.

Read on if you want to change your page background with custom fields.

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Im no developer – but I still do some coding and it is the most fantastic feeling when you get some code working after battling with it for some time. I had an idea to be able from a wordpress post to change the background – dynamically. Setting the background once with a custom field was “easy”. I just used this code in my header (stolen somewhere on the www.) .

 $css = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'css', true);
 if (!empty($css)) { ?>
 <style type="text/css">
 <?php echo $css; ?>
 <?php }

But I wanted to be able to swap it so I found this jquery code I could add in  my page template. Just had to remember to enque jquery in the functions.php.

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The rise of games

We observe an explosion of boardgames hitting the market – many find their way to the world through kickstarter. In a series of posts I will try to highlight games that I find interesting. One issues with crowdfunding is the fact that a good presentation of the game does not guarantee a good game/gameplay.

The game TALUVA looks like a very strategic board game – with a clever game logic.  The pieces graphics looks very well made. It could seem to be similar to Carcassonne. Im could be afraid that it has too many choices of placing tiles – so there is too much downtime.

The game has passed its goal more than twice. I look forward to hear when it hits the homes.

TALUVA game display


Mac finder menu – add Copy Path

Create a “Copy Path” Service for the Right-Click Menu

Simple steps to add an item to the contextual right-click menu in finder with automator.:

Instruction Automator PAth

  • Launch Automator and create a new “Service” (command+space – search “auto”)
  • Use the search function to look for “Copy to Clipboard” and drag that into the rightside panel of the Service
  • Set ‘Service recieves selected’ to “files or folders” and ‘in’ to “Finder” as shown in the screen shot below
  • Save the Service with a name like “Copy Path”

Turn your Tactilo game into a custom “Little circuit”.

Recently some of my friends had the game “little circuit” from Djeco games and I successfully played it with my 3 year old daughter. To make it a little more fun to play I just had to change the rules a little. Anyway it is a great game for small kids – and home we have another great board game from Djeco called Tactilo. The next day I got the idea that we could use Tactilo to make our own version of little circuit. So here is what we did:

1: cut the PS4 box and unfolded it to a long game board.
2: Then we grabbed 5 colour markers and drew a path which we the randomly coloured in different colours (blue,red,yellow, purple). Then we used a green to add details.
3; We drew 2 traps – but you don’t need those.
4: Then i found an old dice and som label stickers. Luckily the dice was big. We cut out six square stickers – drew one colour on each of the first 4 and the a Bee and a Flower on the last two.
5: Glue them on the dice. Use the animals from Tactilo as playing pieces and the other bricks as tokens.
6: Done!

Ok here is my rule changes if you wan’t to try:
– all pick an animal and start in one end.
– When you roll the dice jump to the colour you roll. if there is another player go to the next field with the rolled colour.
– If you roll a flower , take a token and jump to the next field matching the colour where you are now.
– If you roll a bee, loose a token and go back to the previous same colour (little kids might not like this rule:)
– Custom traps. Only if you roll the same colour as the trap or a flower you may continue. (bee dont do anything here)
– When a player gets to the end zone he/she get 1 token and the game ends.
– The one with most tokens WIN.

Custom Circuit