Try These 6 Ways to Quickly Convert PDF to Keynote in 2020

2020-01-02 01:53:17 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to PDF Follow @ Rosa

PDF is a common presentation format, but it is not ideal if you want to show the presentation on Mac. So many users are searching for a way that can help them easily convert or insert PDF to keynote. 

But, it's not easy to get a PDF to keynote, and will take hours or recreational work, things get tougher if the PDF is a scan one.

Luckily, there are still tools that help you quickly convert or insert PDF to Keynote. Here I'll show you 6 easy ways along with detailed instructions.

Method 1: Open PDF Directly in Keynote

As far as we know, Keynote cannot directly open PDF:

Keynote can not open PDF

But If all you need is a way that can Open PDF in keynote, then you can do it quickly as follows.

  • Step 1. Launch Mac Keynote. 
    Mac Keynote cannot open PDF directly, you will need to launch Keynote by opening an existing Keynote file. Just click on the file, and Keynote will automatically open the file.
  • Step 2. Import PDF file into Keynote.
    Drag and drop the PDF you want to convert to Keynote to left side where all the Keynote pages are listed in thumbnails. You can move up and down while dragging the PDF to the Keynote. On the right panel, you can choose style, image and arrange icons to tweak the setting of imported PDF.
    To add or delete more PDFs or other existing Keynote pages, just right click on the mouse and choose from the menu.convert pdf to keynote with Keynote 01
  • Step 3. Edit the PDF file in the right panel as needed.convert pdf to keynote with Keynote 02
  • Step 4. Then go to File>Save the Keynote file. Your PDF is now converted to Keynote on Mac.

Method 2: Insert PDF in Keynote (Mac & iPad)

  1. Launch Keynote application by opening an existing Keynote file on your Mac or iPad;
  2. Click “Add Slide” to create a new Keynote page;
  3. Go to Insert>Choose and import the PDF you want to save as Keynote.insert pdf to keynote
  4. Once uploaded, edit as needed, then go to File>Save to convert PDF to Keynote.


  1. Free
  2. Easy to use


  1. All the PDF pages are saved as image format, you are not allowed to edit the PDF text in Keynote.



Method 3: Convert PDF to Editable Keynote 

Here, we will begin with the best solution to convert PDF to Keynote---using the PDF to Keynote Converter, it allows not only to export PDF as Keynote in batch but also change PDF into editable Keynote, so that you can make further editing, modification, etc. And for your information, most of the free solutions allow only save PDF as image in a Keynote file, which is quite inconvenient.

Cisdem PDF OCR Converter,as many users recommend, is a Mac application that converts PDF to Keynote format. Each page in a PDF file can be converted to Keynote page, with the original layout, images, tables, columns, etc. accurately maintained.

Key Features of PDF Converter OCR

  • Convert any PDFs(native, scanned and encrypted) into well formatted Keynote or other formats: PDF to Word, Excel, Powerpoint, ePub, HTML, Pages, Text, JPG, PNG, etc;
  • Convert images or screenshots to editable Keynote;
  • Create PDF from virtually any popular file formats (Word, PowerPoint, HTML, ePub, CHM, etc.)
  • Perform conversion between different images, e.g: PNG to JPG, Tiff to JPG, etc;
  • Protect, merge and compress PDFs when creating PDF files;

Steps to Convert PDF to Editable Keynote with Cisdem

  1. Free download and install Cisdem onto your Mac.
  2. Import PDF files for Keynote conversion.
    Once you have run the program on your mac, go to "Converter", then add multiple files by drag and drop.add files to pdf converter ocr
  3. Adjust the PDF-to-Keynote 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 converting PDF to Keynote.convert pdf to keynote on mac 02
    If you work on an image, the OCR feature will be activated by default;
    If you work on a protected PDF, Cisdem can unlock owner-password protected PDF automatically, for user-password encrypted PDF, click on the lock icon to enter password first, then tweak the settings.protected pdf to keynote
  4. Convert PDF to Editable Keynote on mac.
    Click “Convert” to export PDF as Keynote. Even you upload dozens of files for PDF-to-Keynote conversion, this program can process the conversion very fast. Once the conversion completes, find the well-formatted Keynote file in the output folder.

In case you want to convert PDF to Keynote on iPad, you can convert PDF to Keynote with Cisdem on mac first, then choose to sync on iTunes/iCloud/Airdrop, or send to your iPad via Email or other file transfer apps.


Method 4: Use PDF to Keynote Version 1.04a

PDF to Keynote is a free program that can easily converts PDF-based presentations into Apple's Keynote format. Since its last update of this program was on August 2009 with version 1.04a, so the program is often called as PDF to Keynote 1.04a. It is lightweight in only 408k.  But you can only save PDF as image format in the program, which means you cannot edit the PDF text in Keynote. 

Though this application isn’t AppStore-signed program, it is safe to use. But for the first time to launch the program, you won’t allowed to launch directly. Find the application in Finder, then right click to open it. I am currently using the MacOS version 10.12.6, this free PDF to Keynote Converter works for me. Also, this free program can export PDF to different iWork Keynote versions. There will be no problem to open the converted Keynote with mac Keynote.

Steps to Use PDF to Keynote V1.04a

  • Step 1. Free download the PDF to Keynote converter, install and launch it.
    You can download the program on Harvey Mudd College or pdf to keynote converter 01
  • Step 2. Click the "File" menu and select "Open..." to upload PDF.
    Notes: If nothing happens even if you have launched the program, right click on the PDF file that you want to convert to Keynote, then choose to open with “PDF to Keynote”.free pdf to keynote converter 02
  • Step 3. Go to "File">"Save To...", then select "Keynote" >"Save" to convert PDF to Keynote pdf to keynote converter 03


  1. Free
  2. Ease to use
  3. Convert PDF to Keynote fast


  1. Quite feature limited
  2. The Keynote output is saved in image format, users can not edit the text
  3. Not highly compatible on different MacOS

In case you want to convert PDF to Keynote on iPad, you can convert PDF to Keynote on mac first, then choose to sync on iTunes/iCloud/Airdrop, or send to your iPad via Email or other file transfer apps.


Method 5: Clever PDF to Keynote (Online)

Though there are quite few online PDF to Keynote converters available to perform such a conversion, we still have the choice, which is offered by CleverPDF.

CleverPDF PDF to Keynote is an online PDF to Keynote converter allowing users to save PDF as editable keynote for 100% free. With 3 process, uploading, verifying and download, you will get the Keynote output effortlessly.  Another great benefit of using online PDF to Keynote converter is, users can perform the conversion even on their iPad.

And before the conversion, you are recommended not to upload highly private files for conversion, since your file will be saved on the 3rd server for some time.

Steps to Convert PDF to Keynote Online

  • Step 1. Go to CleverPDF
  • Step 2. Upload PDF files by drag and drop or choose from your Mac/iPad
  • Step 3. Wait for the verifying process
  • Step 4. Click on “Start conversion” to convertconvert pdf to keynote online
  • Step 5. Click “Download” to get the Keynote output


  1. Free
  2. Convert PDF to Editable Keynote


  1. Takes time to upload (my 4.4MB file takes about 2 minutes)
  2. Punctuations, fonts, formatting are not highly preserved as original
  3. Need manually adjust the conversion errors (words are not recognized correctly)
  4. Potential risk of information leakage


Method 6: Convert PDF to Keynote Smallpdf

When looking for solutions to convert PDF to Keynote online free, many users are wondering if they can utilize Smallpdf to do the conversion.

Smallpdf is an all-in-one online PDF program allowing users to edit, compress, convert, create, merge, split, sign, protect and unlock PDFs for free. Actually, it doesn’t offer a PDF to Keynote converter, but gives a choice to convert PDF to PowerPoint, then open PowerPoint in Keynote to finish such a conversion. So, if you are a regular smallpdf user and believe in its conversion quality, you can try following to convert PDF to Keynote with smallpdf. Otherwise, just try Cisdem.

Steps to Convert PDF to Keynote Smallpdf

  1. Go to smallpdf;
  2. Upload PDF files from Mac, Google Drive or Dropbox to smallpdf;pdf to keynote smallpdf 01
  3. Choose to “To PPT”;pdf to keynote smallpdf02
  4. Then download the PowerPoint file to your Mac;pdf to keynote smallpdf03
  5. Right click on the PowerPoint file and open with Keynote, then save the file;


  1. Free to use;
  2. Stable conversion quality;


  1. 1 PDF file can be converted per day;
  2. Can not convert to Keynote directly;



Today, though cost is still taken into considerations when users pick a program to boost their productivity on work, users are more open to paid dedicated ones that can greatly save their time and efforts. Regarding converting PDF to Keynote, a great part of users prefer to turn to Cisdem PDF to Keynote Converter.

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8 Comments Leave a Reply

  • 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.

    3 years ago REPLY

    Thanks for advice!

    3 years 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.

    3 years ago REPLY
  • Martina Taddei

    da keynote a pdf

    4 years ago REPLY
  • Dyson

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

    4 years ago REPLY
  • Gregory

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

    4 years ago REPLY
  • William

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

    4 years ago REPLY
  • Maston

    Useful article, useful application.

    4 years ago REPLY