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BlackBriar (NXT) for Keynote

The Intelligence Brief.

Interlocking contrasts of color & hierarchy paint a uniquely clear picture:
Introducing the BlackBriar Theme System for Keynote.

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Put all the pieces together with BlackBriar for Keynote – where interlocked contrasts wrap your story with stark clarity and impeccable style.

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A Sharp Contrast.
The BlackBriar system features interlocking color/ object accent regions set against a classically-informed editorial grid that brings order to any topic.

Our new BlackBriar theme system was designed as a study in contrasts, a veritable Little Black Dress that rises to any occasion or setting with impeccable taste & style. Interlocking contrasts of color and object accents frame a distinctive, stepped-hierarchal grid designed to maximize clarity and minimize distraction. The balance of color, contrast & clean, modernist type thrust your photos and textual content to center stage while maintaining unity, order, and cohesiveness throughout your entire presentation. Photo-layout masters feature the signature integrated bleed style, along with a mix of layered and inset-image alternates, giving you a wide range of options for media placement that can blend with - or stand apart from - the surrounding content.

The included layouts - from traditional text-oriented content slides to photo and icon-driven editorial layout styles - feature crisp, modern type set in an intuitive, multi-tier hierarchy that's designed to maximize clarity & minimize distraction. The accompanying chart styles include both Light & Dark sets of color-based palettes, along with a tonal Greyscale option perfect for making callout/contrast charts. Supplemental Materials are built right into the theme file, making it a snap to reference color or style information at any time during the authoring process. And the entire BlackBriar framework is optimized for everything the modern Keynote architecture offers, including a a full suite of color, type and table styles that make it a snap to tailor your presentation to your unique, individual taste with absolute consistency.

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Stand Apart, or Blend Right In.
The BlackBriar themes include a range of eye-catching, narrative-driven photo layouts, including inset, layered & full-bleed variations that enable you to showcase your visual concepts in a variety of contexts.


The Slides

The core BlackBriar theme includes 50 master slides — a mix of traditional, editorial & image-driven layouts in the signature BlackBriar style. Along with the basic content and photo layouts present in any Keynote 8.x-9.x theme, BlackBriar also includes an expanded selection of general-purpose content-oriented masters, including Percentage Compare & Contrast, Text & Photo Quotations, Bio and Agenda slides, along with tailored Section Dividers and multiple styles of image layouts offering you tremendous flexibility from the start. Supplemental Materials are integrated directly into the theme, making it a snap to reference color chips and formatting tips at any time during the authoring process, whether you're on desktop or mobile. And the accompanying chart fills pop with a crisp, solid-color style - including two complete Mono / Mono > Neutral Spectrum color palettes & a tonal Greyscale style perfect for Callout/Contrast charts, all optimized for your choice of Light or Dark placement.

BlackBriar Keynote Theme - HD Preview

The Big Picture: BlackBriar HD

BlackBriar HD, available in the Pro Edition, expands the style into HD format with an aspect-optimized widescreen version of the BlackBriar theme, so you can take advantage of the clean simplicity of an iMac, a Mac-driven Cinema Display, or an HD Monitor or Projector as target presentation platforms without the "dead space" associated with running traditional 4:3 presentations on an HD display.  Whether attached to an HD display or projecting to an HD-equipped room, your presentation will take full advantage of every inch, custom-tailored to intelligently adapt the BlackBriar aesthetic to the larger footprint of HD.

BlackBriar template playback in Keynote for iOS

Take it on the Run

Can't imagine leaving your favorite portable device out of your work-flow? The BlackBriar themes are fully compatible with Keynote for iOS and iCloud, so you can transfer a presentation using the BlackBriar theme to your iPad, iPhone or iCloud Drive for playback or editing with no updates or special workarounds required. And BlackBriar is iOS Direct-Install enabled, so you can install the BlackBriar themes directly onto your mobile device from your KeynotePro Account to author new presentations on the go. Keynote for iOS is a beautiful way to engage your audience in a tactile way, and the BlackBriar style remains just as stunning at arm's length as it is projected on the big screen.

BlackBriar for Keynote Device Mockup Template

Add-Ons & Extras

The BlackBriar themes include modular Template Extensions to make your presentation building even easier. The Elements: Timeline & Pricing Templates includes multiple styles of Photo, Icon, Milestone, and Multi-Track Timelines, along with Pricing Table slides ready to Copy & Paste into your BlackBriar presentations. The Elements: Device Mockups templates enable you to showcase your apps, concepts, and designs on a range of familiar Apple-centric hardware, including narrative and detail layouts featuring iMacs, MacBooks, iPads, iPhones, and Apple Watches. And the Map Visualization Kit enables you to build map-based data visualizations with a full suite of Markers, Callouts and editable, shape-based maps spanning The World, Continents and SubContinents, and 50+ Countries.

Built for Keynote 9.x

Keynote makes it a snap to create vibrant, highly-stylized presentations with absolute ease. From the razor-sharp text and professional charting capabilities, to the wide range of native graphic format and alpha-channel support that give you unprecedented flexibility with your imagery, Keynote provides you with all the tools you need to present a detail-driven, assertive style with absolute ease. Keynote makes it a snap, and the BlackBriar theme wraps it all in an impeccably styled, modern design that will keep your audience focused every step of the way.

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Flattering for Every Figure.
The BlackBriar themes are fully optimized for the Chart/Table Style palettes in Keynote 9.x, including a pair of Mono / Mono > Neutral palettes, along with a tonal Greyscale style perfect for creating Callout/Contrast charts. Each set is optimized for Light/Dark usage respectively.

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VR Requirements Requirements.
BlackBriar (NXT) requires Keynote 8.0 or higher, and the Helvetica Neue font family.

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NXT/Theme and NXT Theme are trademarked properties of Walrus Group LLC.

BlackBriar (NXT)

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BlackBriar Master Slides & Extras


BlackBriar in Action.


BlackBriar (NXT)


Compatibility at a Glance:

Keynote '09 Compatible Keynote 6 Compatible Keynote for iOS, Keynote for iCloud  Compatible
Keynote '09 Keynote 9+ iOS/iCloud


Select Theme Options:

Standard Edition

Standard Edition
Standard Definition (SD) Theme Files


Add HD
High-Definition / Widescreen (HD) Theme Files


Also available for Pages 8+:

Complete EditionComplete EditionAdd Pages and Extras
Add the BlackBriar for Pages Pro Edition Templates


Standard Edition

BlackBriar (NXT) Standard Theme
Standard Definition (SD) Theme, integrated Supplemental Material slides containing Fills/Palettes, Template Add-Ons, "Getting Started" guide.

2.2 MB Theme Download


Build A Bundle

Add this theme to a Bundle with 2 other KeynotePro Standard Edition themes - a $10 savings.


Pro Edition

BlackBriar (NXT) Pro Themes
Standard Definition and Widescreen (SD/HD) Themes, integrated Supplemental Material slides containing Fills/Palettes, Template Add-Ons, "Getting Started" guide.

3.2 MB Theme Download


Build a Bundle

Add this theme to a Bundle with 2 other KeynotePro Pro Edition themes - over $10 in savings.


Pro+Mobile Edition is no longer available.

Complete Edition

BlackBriar (NXT) Complete Edition
BlackBriar Pro Themes for Keynote 9.x: Standard Definition and Widescreen (SD/HD) Themes, Supplemental presentation containing Fills/Palettes, Template Add-Ons, "Getting Started" guide, BlackBriar Pro Edition Template System for Pages 8.x: Vertical Brochure, Horizontal Brochure, Trifold Brochure, Newsletter, Large Poster, Small Poster, Meeting Notes, Report, Project Proposal, Business Cards, Letterhead, Memo, Invoice, Resume and Envelope Templates (US and ISO), "Getting Started" guide.


Items available for immediate download in most cases unless otherwise noted. All transactions are in U.S. funds (U.S. Dollar).