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How to Convert PDF to Keynote on Mac (MacOS Sierra Included)

2017-01-02 10:00:31 / Posted byRosa Reyes to PDF Follow @ Rosa

PDF is commonly used in business and we always send files to a client via a PDF presentation, in which images play sequentially onscreen. To view a slideshow, all the viewer has to do is double-click the PDF file.

However, here comes the problem when showcasing the PDF-based presentations for MacOS Sierra users. After a while of watching the same fonts, images, transitions and builds, those presentations can seem a little dated or unoriginal. If you want to try to liven things up, import them into Keynote.

Why Need Converting PDF to Keynote Files?

Keynote is Apple’s answer to PowerPoint. It has been around a long time and is a must-have app ($9.99). Presenting in Keynote has several advantages over Preview or Adobe Reader, including a highly configurable presenter display, rehearsal support, notes and annotations visible only to the presenter, and of course Keynote's trademark transitions.

How to Convert PDF to Keynote on Mac?

As far as we know, Keynote can only support importing PowerPoint file, not PDF. So here's an easy solution: use a PDF Converter to convert PDF to Keynote or a keynote acceptable format. Here, I'll show you the three best free ways to convert PDF to Keynote on Mac.

Method 1: Convert PDF to Keynote Using Preview

Assuming you haven’t installed Adobe Acrobat Reader, Preview will be the default PDF viewer in MacOS Sierra. It has the function of converting PDF files to JPEG images, if we need to include pages from the PDF in a keynote presentation, we may choose to convert the PDF file to JPEG files and then drag all the images into Keynote. Here is how I do this:

  1. Open the PDF in Preview.
  2. Click the "File" menu and choose "Print."
  3. Select the "PDF" drop-down menu and click "Save PDF to iPhoto." Preview will automatically save each page of the PDF as a JPEG.
  4. Open Finder and simply highlight the images you want to import to Keynote and drag them to the Navigator window along the left edge of the presentation. (You may have to set your View mode to Navigator (e.g. Keynote » View » Navigator) first). Each image then appears centered within a separate slide. Voila!

Pros: It is a totally free and simple way.

Cons: It is unwieldy to convert multiple PDF files.

Method 2: Convert PDF to Keynote with PDF to Keynote

PDF to Keynote is a free program that can easily converts PDF-based presentations into Apple's Keynote format. In my test this app works very good, though it has shortages like when using it to convert PDF into Keynote format, every page of your original PDF file becomes a PDF image, Thus, you can't easily edit those pages or even copy text from the files, which is not so good for sharing with others. Just try it out.

  1. Point your browser to the computer science department at Harvey Mudd College where you can free download PDF to Keynote.
  2. Click the "File" menu and select the "Open..." option. Locate the .PDF file you want to convert.
  3. Go to the "File" menu and select the "Save To..." option. select the Keynote format you want to convert the .PDF file to from the drop-down menu and click "Save" to save the PDF to keynote format.

Pros: It is totally free; the size of application is very small, only 408K.

Cons: The interface is too simple to have a bad effect on users' operation; doesn't support the file format used by Apple's newest versions of Keynote; can't convert multiple PDF files at the same time; doesn’t support scanned PDF files.

Method 3: Convert PDF to Editable Keynote Using Program Like Cisdem PDFConverterOCR

As free PDF to keynote only convert PDF to Keynote in image format, which can not be edited, here I'll show you the way to convert PDF to editable Keynote format with Cisdem PDFConverterOCR. It is a Mac application that converts PDF to Keynote format. Each page in a PDF file gets converted to its own slide within Keynote, also the layout, images, tables, columns, etc. is accurately maintained. Besides, with its OCR ability,you can convert both native and scanned documents in over 40 languages, even in batch, to Keynote, to Word, PowerPoint, Excel, ePub, and more. Just try it out.

  1. Drag and drop PDF files to the app.You can add multiple files one time.

import files into PDFConverterOCR

  1. Adjust the setting. Choose the page range and set the output format as Keynote. If you are working on scanned PDF, turn the OCR function ON and choose language before conversion.

how to convert pdf to keynote with cisdem pdfconverterocr

  1. Click "Convert" and choose output folder.

Pros: Can convert multiple-pages PDF files at the same time; its function is mainly designed to meet the needs of users, with a user-friendly interface; it is super easy-to-use; supports scanned PDF files.

Cons: It is a paid application; it only supports Mac OS X 10.8 or later.

Download the free trial of Cisdem PDF to Keynote Converter with PDFConverterOCR Now!

Why need Cisdem PDFConverterOCR to convert PDF to Keynote on Mac?

Now that Preview and PDF to Keynote also can convert PDF to Keynote on Mac and they are totally free, Preview doesn't even need to be installed, why users need to choose Cisdem PDFConverterOCR? From three methods of converting PDF to keynote on Mac above, each has his own strong and weak points. But the powerful features of Cisdem PDFConverterOCR can't be ignored, I will give you the reasons that you need it to convert PDF to Keynote on Mac.

Reason 1. Although PDFConverterOCR is a paid application, it has powerful functions. It can convert PDF files to other formats on Mac, such as Text, Excel, PPT, EPUB, etc. With this application, you don't need to find other tools when you want to convert your PDF file to other format except for Keynote.

Reason 2. There is an only Cisdem PDFConverterOCR supporting to convert scanned PDF files. Sometimes, we may receive some PDF file that was scanned by scanner or phone, Preview and PDF to Keynote will be powerless. Cisdem PDFConverterOCR is your savior.

Reason 3. If you recall, the interface of Cisdem PDFConverterOCR is much better and more user-friendly than PDF to Keynote.

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8 Responses

  • zen

    Actually, the reason why I tried Cisdem OCRWizard is its ability to convert scanned files into editable keynote files, that's what I need the most.

    24 days ago REPLY

    Thanks for advice!

    2 months ago REPLY
  • Mando

    Wow, it can also make my PDFs to pages. Seems I got a powerful weapon to kill all these annoying conversion problems.

    5 months ago REPLY
  • Martina Taddei

    da keynote a pdf

    1 years ago REPLY
  • Dyson

    By converting PDF to Keynote compatible format, you can use its data to make better presentations.

    1 years ago REPLY
  • Gregory

    Method 3 looks better than others, I will try. Good article.

    1 years ago REPLY
  • William

    Cisdem PDFConverterOCR is great. I was saticfied with its convertion effect. Good article.

    1 years ago REPLY
  • Maston

    Useful article, useful application.

    1 years ago REPLY

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