Keynote is one of my favorite apps for the iPad. It is a both easy to use and incredibly powerful, and it lets you create fantastic slides for presentations. Best of all, it doesn't take much work in Keynote to create slides that are much better looking the standard PowerPoint slides that most other attorneys use, so when you use Keynote, your slides are more likely to grab the attention of your audience. Moreover, it is very easy to give a presentation using Keynote and an iPad. All you need is a small dongle sold by Apple to connect your iPad to either a VGA or HDMI cord that connects to a projector.
Since September of 2013, Apple has made its iWork apps (Keynote, Numbers, Pages) and other apps such as iMovie free for anyone who purchased a new iPhone or iPad. I suspect that includes most of you, but as of yesterday, it now includes all of you. As reported by Juli Clover of MacRumors, Apple has now made its Keynote, Numbers, Pages, iMovie and GarageBand iOS apps free for everyone.
If you want some help getting started with Keynote, three years ago I reviewed a e-book by California attorney David Sparks called Presentations. That book has lots of timeless general advice on giving presentations, but also includeds a fantastic guide to making the most of the Keynote app. New features were added to Keynote since David wrote that book, but I skimmed through the book again last night and most of the advice is just as useful with the current version of Keynote for the iPad.
As for the other apps that Apple made free along with Keynote, I don't think that Pages would be of interest to most lawyers — Microsoft Word is the word processing app that you want for your iPad. But Numbers is a nice app for creating simple spreadsheets, and you can also quickly create some nice looking charts with the app. I use Numbers for every chart that I use on iPhone J.D., and also for the charts that I use in my Keynote presentations. iMovie and GarageBand are nice apps if you want to create a movie or music, and I've enjoyed using both of them just for fun, but I haven't had a reason to use either in my law practice.
For lawyers, Keynote is the gem in the bunch that Apple made free yesterday. Whether you are teaching a CLE, giving a presentation to a client, or preparing a closing argument, Keynote for iPad is a fantastic app for creating and presenting interesting slides. Now that the app is free for all, you should definitely check it out.