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  • I wonder if there's some way to make good Keynote triggers that would let me say something like: "if you want to explain why 1 + 1 = 1, press F1; otherwise, press Next."

    I do "choose your own slideshow" all the time. My presentations are mostly project status type stuff, and if I don't know exactly who is going to be in the room for the presentation, I'll include slides that have technical detail that I can skip over if the audience is not very technical (or doesn't seem interested in the detail.)

    The way I do it is to just put the detailed slides after the summary slide. So for example, if I slide #9 has two additional detail slides, I'll put them as slides 10 and 11. Then at the bottom of slide #9, I make two hyperlinks (put in some text, select it, and choose Inspector -> Hyperlink Inspector -> Enable as Hyperlink). The "we're not interested in the technobabble" link gets linked to slide 12, the "yes please, more geekery" link gets linked to slide 10.

    I also wonder whether the Visor program that I saw ages ago is triggerable during a slide show.

    I haven't found any way to get it to work, since keynote takes over the whole screen. What I do instead is use the 'Window Groups' feature in the Leopard version of Terminal to create a window group that has one window that is the full screen size with a really big font (so that I don't have to set it up every time). Then I run that at the same time as the presentation and just cmd-tab between them.