Fortunately, Keynote can easily open PowerPoint presentations. With this workflow you can drop a PowerPoint file on top of the application we create and Automator will take care of the rest. Launch Automator and in the template chooser that appears, select Application. Click Choose. Select Keynote and click Choose.
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Fortunately, Keynote can easily open PowerPoint presentations. With this workflow you can drop a PowerPoint file on top of the application we create and Automator will take care of the rest. Launch Automator and in the template chooser that appears, select Application. Click Choose. Select Keynote and click Choose. Now, select Presentations in the Library pane and drag the Save Keynote Presentations action to the workflow area.
Click the Variables button that appears in the top-left portion of your workflow area next to the Actions button. Double-click on the AppleScript variable. It will appear in a Variable area at the bottom of the workflow pane.
Double-click on the AppleScript variable here. Now drag the Keynoteconvert variable you created on to the Save To pop-up menu found in the Save Keynote Presentation action. Finally, click on Actions at the top left of the Automator window to reveal the actions library again.
From the Presentations library, drag the Close Keynote Presentation action to the workflow area. To convert a PowerPoint presentation, just drop it on top of your Convert to Keynote application on the desktop. It will then save a Keynote version on the desktop. Of course, due to the nature of how Keynote converts these files, you may still need to tweak the formatting of your converted file.
But this workflow takes some of the drudgery out of the process. You can now drop multiple PowerPoint files on this AppleScript droplet and convert them in one fell swoop. The new Keynote files will appear on your desktop. Note: When you purchase something after clicking links in our articles, we may earn a small commission. Read our affiliate link policy for more details.
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Because we have over 15 different Automator workflows and AppleScripts that we will be presenting to you, we have also made the project files available as a download from our website by clicking here. Intro to Automator Automator allows you to automate tasks using a drag and drop interface that makes programming these tasks easier for beginners. To create a workflow, you drag and drop Automator actions from the actions listing on the left-hand side of the application to the workflow area on the right-hand side of the application. These actions can then be stacked on top of one another, like puzzle pieces, until the desired workflow has been completed with all of the necessary steps. Each Automator action has a certain input and output functionality e. You may feed keyboard input into an action and get a text file on your Desktop as the output. To get the details of the Automator actions, select them in the actions listing and read the information in the description view — a small panel underneath the actions listing.
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