Keynote Plays Ball with PowerPoint
Subject:   Powerpoint Templates
Date:   2003-09-14 19:39:38
From:   idarwin
Response to: Powerpoint Templates

There appear to be two different file formats for PowerPoint templates, one ending in .ppt (which you get from e.g., Microsoft's mac-aware Mactopia pages, and which work with Keynote), and one ending in .pot (good name, eh?) The .pot templates are used in MS-Windows environments and, in my limited testing, Keynote was unable to recognize or open these files.

However, your question has caused me to investigate further and, in fact, the file formats are either the same, or close enough, that if you rename a .pot to .ppt, then Keynote WILL use it and be happy with it.

-- Ian