Telling Stories with Keynote and Scribd

My favorite layout tool is Keynote – Apple’s presentation graphics app. It gives me the flexibility to build publications that are part story and part scrapbook – my favorite format. Keynote is not a writing tool and it doesn’t handle the linked text boxes that flow from one page to another like Pages Apple’s word processing app. It does make it easy to place and arrange photos and other graphical elements and I can create some interesting text effects. In this particular publication, most of the stories come from blog articles I’ve written over the years, so I’m taking that “finished” text and styling it with layout, fonts, graphic effects and photos to get the look I want.

The Scribd online library makes it possible to publish my stories in this unconventional format, letting others read it online or even download a PDF if I choose to make that feature available. The built-in revision system makes it easy to upload a new version when I have more stories to add. The first edition of Behind the Alligator Farm is posted at Scribd. You can view it via the embed below. Like most family histories, this is a work in progress. As new stories are completed, a new version will be posted at Scribd.

2 Thoughts on “Telling Stories with Keynote and Scribd

  1. Denise, I just immersed myself in your tale “Behind the Alligator Farm.” It was a wonderful journey!
    I loved your descriptions of the animals, and felt like I was right there with you on the porch.
    Nancy

    • Nancy, I’m so glad you enjoyed the stories. Behind the Alligator Farm is a “living book” in that I keep adding stories as I finish them. Unfortunately, it’s been somewhat neglected lately but I do have a couple more stories in the works. Thanks for your kind words.

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