First Look: First Look: Keynote '08

If you pay close attention to Steve Jobs' public presentations, you'll have already seen one of the major new additions to Keynote '08 in action -- path animation. But Franklin N. Tessler finds that there's a lot more to the updated version of Apple's presentation software than that one addition.

Minding your environment and seeking help

Although there’s no surefire way to tell if you have a stress-related injury, there are some obvious indicators. Symptoms may be delayed or intermittent, so don’t discount them just because they crop up hours or days later. If you suspect you have a problem, here are some steps you can take.

Replace your equipment

Increased awareness of RSI over the past couple of decades has spawned a flood of so-called ergonomic devices that claim to reduce the risk of injury. Unfortunately, determining whether a product lives up to its claims is difficult without actually using it.

Reduce repetitive motion

A proper workspace setup is important, but it can only help so much. To further lessen your risk of RSI, try cutting back on the amount of typing and mousing you do. Mac OS X, along with many popular applications, features built-in tools that can abbreviate tasks. Or you can invest in some third-party add-ons to help you. But remember: A shortcut should not be more harmful than the action it replaces.

Rearrange your workspace

One easy way to lessen your risk of injury is to get the right chair and set up your hardware correctly. But while most ergonomists concur that certain arrangements are particularly hazardous, they don't always agree on what's best. That makes it difficult to suggest a perfect setup, so consider these recommendations as guidelines.

Macworld's guide to healthy computing

Whether you use your computer for work or entertainment, you’re at risk for developing repetitive strain injury (RSI). But you don’t have to give up your Mac to stay fit. Read on, and we’ll show you the best ways to arrange your workspace, as well as how to use software and hardware to help avoid problems.

Polish your presentations

If you’ve ever watched Steve Jobs deliver a keynote address, you’ve seen a master presenter in action. However, even a sparkling delivery won’t salvage your presentation if the audience can’t read your slides or decipher your charts.

Inspiration 8

Despite a few quirks in the application’s interface, Inspiration 8 is an excellent tool for teachers, students, or anyone else who needs help organizing their ideas.

ConceptDraw V Professional 5.5

Despite its flaws, ConceptDraw Pro V Professional is a capable diagramming program that’s brimming with potential.

Keynote 3

The latest version of Keynote builds on its predecessor’s considerable strengths while making a sizable dent in a shrinking list of missing features. If you’re new to Keynote, or if you’re still using Keynote 1.1, iWork ’06 is well worth its price.

Easy Presenter

Wireless remotes let you roam freely and switch slides while you’re giving presentations on your Mac, but you still have to put your hands on the computer. Not anymore: Keyspan’s Easy Presenter lets you perform both of those functions remotely.

OmniGraffle Professional 4.0

While OmniGraffle Professional 4.0 is probably overkill for simple diagrams, this fantastic program is a revelation for anyone who needs to explain processes and concepts visually.