Excerpt from MPU Episode 334

Written on August 8, 2016

Here’s an excerpt from Mac Power User Episode 334 about my earlier follow-up, where David Sparks and Katie Floyd pokes fun at my identity and discuss about Keynote interactive movie and HTML export.

David Sparks:

Kay also wrote in about movie export. And this was actually another really good email this month. So Keynote interactive .MOV export is not coming back.

Katie Floyd:

Boom. There you go.

David Sparks:

With so much authority that I have to wonder where Kay is. [laughs] You know, [bursts to laugh] anyway. But I think he/she is correct — that it is not coming back.

David Sparks:

“Relevant file formats and methods are deprecated”. That’s another — like — insider word. Makes me wonder.

David Sparks:

Then he said HTML export serves similar [purposes], preserves vast majority of animations and is compatible with Windows. So there is an HTML export we didn’t talk about much because we didn’t have really a reason to use it. But you can generate an HTML and it’s locally compatible with most browsers but not Chrome due to Chrome’s security mechanisms.

David Sparks:

So if you’re going to put it on a PC, use was it Edge now? I think Edge is the big browser in Windows PC these days?

Katie Floyd:

Um-um-huh?

David Sparks:

You don’t know? OK. Um, you can also host your pages online via web server HTML, which is nice, and is compatible with all modern browsers, including Chrome. [So] you don’t have to carry a USB drive around anymore.

Katie Floyd:

And Kay recommended hosting on Github Pages — and you can do that for free.

David Sparks:

Yeah. “That’s a good idea. And if you prefer the QuickTime interactive format, you can export your slides to Keynote’09”, yeah, and I did talk about this before about making an interactive movie. “However, it will not play interactively if you are using QuickTime Player built into OS X Mavericks or above”, I didn’t know that. So even our little hack around it is not going to work anymore. So…

Katie Floyd:

Well, there is another hack is that you can download QuickTime Player 7, which is still available…

David Sparks:

Yeah…

Katie Floyd:

And I…

David Sparks:

iDVD and QuickTime Player 7.

Katie Floyd:

I always download QuickTime Player 7 and I still have my pro license key for QuickTime Player 7 Pro.

David Sparks:

Good for you.

Katie Floyd:

Yep.

David Sparks:

Although, you know, it’s funny to me — I guess I didn’t say this on the show, but the necessity of having the ability to play it off a PC is, I think, much less than it used to be. Because now when I show up to a venue, I may have three different devices on me that can play that Keynote presentation.

Katie Floyd:

Soon your watch will be able to do it.

David Sparks:

Yeah. And I do have the connector with me, so I can plug into just about any projector just from those three different devices. So it’s just not as big of a deal as it used to be. But interesting stuff, Kay. Thanks for taking the time to — um- to share that with us. I want to experiment with HTML export is what I really got out of that email.

Katie Floyd:

Yeah.