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Transform Palo Alto NXT into Palo Alto Classic

Instant Classic:

Use a simple Shape Style override to instantly change your Palo Alto NXT
presentation into its dashed, Classic cousin.

 

Quick Tip: Redefine a single Shape Style to transform Palo Alto NXT into Palo Alto Classic

Updated 5/4/2017

Overview

We've received a few questions since the release of Palo Alto NXT from authors who missed the styling details of the older Visible Framework of Palo Alto '08 - in particular the Dashed Lines that made up the framework in the classic Palo Alto architecture.

Thanks to the Shape Styles in Keynote 6/7, this is an extremely simple customization you can make in just a few short clicks. Let's take a look.

The Steps

There are only a few steps involved in transforming Palo Alto NXT to Palo Alto Classic. Start a new presentation using Palo Alto NXT, add a Blank slide, and add a Line Shape to the Stage on the Blank slide:

Add a Blank slide, and add a Line Shape to the Stage.
Step 1: Add a Blank slide, and add a Line Shape to the Stage. (Click to Enlarge)

With the Line selected, click to the 2nd panel of Line Styles to expose the styles used in the Visible Framework - click the first style to apply that style's defaults to your line - this will act as our proxy shape for the edit:

Click Share, Collaborate with Others to start the process.
Step 2: Apply the current Framework Line Style to your line. (Click to Enlarge)

Now, we'll modify the line style and redefine it. Change the Stroke Type to the long dash (shown), and change the Stroke Weight to .75 pt. Right-click the Shape Style we're working with, and select Redefine Style from Selection:

Click Share, Collaborate with Others to start the process.
Step 3: Change the line to Dashed, and Redefine. (Click to Enlarge)

Keynote will verify that you want to redefine every shape in the presentation using that style - be sure Update All Objects is ticked before pressing OK:

Click Share, Collaborate with Others to start the process.
Step 4: Keynote will verify the Style is being updated. (Click to Enlarge)

And you're done! You should see the change happen instantly on any slides you've already added:

Click Share, Collaborate with Others to start the process.
Step 4: You're Done! You should see the change instantly. (Click to Enlarge)

And if you add a new slide, you'll see that it's made the change on all of the underlying master slides throughout the presentation as well:

Click Share, Collaborate with Others to start the process.
Add a new slide to verify. (Click to Enlarge)

That's all there is to it - it's a very limited form of the whole-theme change we outline in our NXT Re-coloring Tutorial. If you want to take it further and redefine the entire color model of the theme, that tutorial is a great place to start to get a better understanding of the bigger theme customization picture - the specific shapes to target for modification in Palo Alto NXT are noted in the Supplemental File.

You can save a custom version of Palo Alto Classic from the file you changed as desired: Remove the additional slides you added during this tutorial, so that you’re left with just a Title slide. From the File menu, select Save Theme and Add to Theme Chooser to make your new theme appear in the My Themes section of the theme chooser, ready to start your next presentation with (if you ever need to remove it, Right-click or Control-click the theme in My Themes and select Delete).

 

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