Apple acknowledges Keynote problems on some systems

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Apple Computer Inc. on Thursday acknowledged problems that some customers experienced with the company's new presentation package, Keynote.

"Early customer feedback on Keynote has been incredibly positive," said Apple in a statement given to MacCentral. "Apple has identified a bug in the driver software for certain ATI graphics chips which can affect a small number of systems when used with Keynote. Apple is working on an updated driver which should be available to customers shortly."

Shortly after the release of Keynote, some customers complained of various problems ranging from persistent crashes to loss of data on the hard drives.

To run Keynote, an Apple representative tonight recommended a Power PC G4 running Mac OS X 10.2.3 with 256MB RAM, 8MB Video RAM and 1GB of hard disk space.

Introduced at Macworld Expo earlier this month, Keynote includes 12 Apple-designed themes featuring coordinated backgrounds, fonts, colors, bullets, tables and charts. Users can change the theme of their presentation any number of times, modify an existing theme to their liking, or create custom themes to give their presentations a totally unique look.

Keynote takes advantage of Mac OS X's Quartz graphics technology, as well as OpenGL, to create presentations with pro-quality graphic elements such as fully anti-aliased text, transparency, dynamic drop shadows and cinematic-quality transitions between slides. Users can drag-and-drop graphics, digital photos, QuickTime movies and audio into their slides.

Keynote is available from Apple's Web site for US$99.

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