Keynote Slide Aggregator and XML Schema

  • Dear All,

    Sorry if this is the wrong group to ask this - I thought there used
    to be a keynote dev group.

    I am interested in writing a cocoa application that allows the
    browsing of a collection of keynote slides, drawn from multiple
    imported keynote presentation files. One can then dynamically create
    and export a new presentation drawn from the library of existing slides.

    Does this sound like a useful idea?

    Is there enough up-to-date information in the iWork programming guide
    <http://developer.apple.com/documentation/AppleApplications/
    Conceptual/iWork2-0_XML/iWork2-0_XML.pdf
    > about the xml schema for
    APXL to allow this?

    Has anyone written a keynote viewer that parses apxl?

    I've seen the previous thread on a keynote viewer, public apis for
    keynote file manipulations (and 'quick look' capabilities). There is
    a QuickLook directory in Keynote file bundle (produced by keynote
    4.01) but that is a single thumbnail JPG of the first slide,

    I am interested in what the current take (post iwork 08) is on
    independent keynote development and 'open' access to the file specs.

    Regards, Ian

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    Ian Grant
    Senior Lecturer in Digital Art
    Faculty of the Arts
    Thames Valley University
    Ealing, UK
    W5 5DX
    <ian.grant...>
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  • On Oct 9, 2007, at 5:18 PM, Ian Grant wrote:
    >
    > Is there enough up-to-date information in the iWork programming
    > guide <http://developer.apple.com/documentation/AppleApplications/
    > Conceptual/iWork2-0_XML/iWork2-0_XML.pdf> about the xml schema for
    > APXL to allow this?
    >
    > Has anyone written a keynote viewer that parses apxl?
    >
    > I've seen the previous thread on a keynote viewer, public apis for
    > keynote file manipulations (and 'quick look' capabilities).

    In your research, did you find the back-n-forth regarding the format
    and Apple engineering's lack of cohesion? Essentially, it's not open
    anymore, nor does it follow the previous spec. There's a lot of
    friction about that.

    > There is a QuickLook directory in Keynote file bundle (produced by
    > keynote 4.01) but that is a single thumbnail JPG of the first slide,

    Right, and those are low-res anyway.

    > I am interested in what the current take (post iwork 08) is on
    > independent keynote development and 'open' access to the file specs.

    My research regarding this last year yielded nothing. Currently, I'm
    contracted by a company that manipulates Keynote data post/pre
    presentation. All of our work uses Keynote's import/export functions
    and AppleEvents. It's a shame. An Open Standard would be super cool.

    good luck, let me know if you find anything,

    Jaime Magiera
    Sensory Research
    http://www.sensoryresearch.net
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