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Apple Keynote: export presenter notes
-- HOWTO:
-- after saving it, open with Script Editor (default) and run it
-- PREREQUISITES:
-- make sure your Keynote presentation is open in the background
-- AFTER EXPORT:
-- if you can't open the file due to encoding errors, open with Sublime (or another a text editor) and then "File / Save with encoding / UTF8"
tell application "Keynote"
activate
-- open (choose file)
tell front document
-- Get the name of the presentation.
set thePresentationName to name
-- Retrieve the titles of all slides.
set theTitles to object text of default title item of every slide
-- Retrieve the presenter notes for all slides.
set theNotes to presenter notes of every slide
end tell
end tell
set presenterNotes to ""
repeat with a from 1 to length of theTitles
-- skip slides with empty notes
if not (item a of theNotes) = "" then
set presenterNotes to presenterNotes & "#### Slide " & a & ": " & item a of theTitles & return & return
set presenterNotes to presenterNotes & "##### Presenter Notes: " & return & item a of theNotes & return & return
end if
end repeat
set the clipboard to presenterNotes
do shell script "pbpaste > ~/Desktop/keynote-notes-" & thePresentationName & ".md"
-- based on http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/136118/how-to-print-full-presenter-notes-without-slides-in-keynote
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@paustian paustian commented Jun 4, 2018

Great code. I tested it on Keynote 8 on macOS High Sierra, v 10.13.4

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@magalhini magalhini commented Jul 18, 2018

This is epic, thank you! The old script isn't working anymore. Do you have any idea how we could get the notes to be exported in utf-8, however? Special characters aren't being exported right...!

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@ludzeller ludzeller commented Oct 10, 2018

Works for me, thank you!

Keynote 8.1
MacOS 10.13.3

But I also have issues with some characters such as single quotation marks (').

Is there a way to exclude skipped slides?

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@chuycepeda chuycepeda commented Nov 7, 2018

@ludzeller, you end up with a clipboard element, so after export you can paste in a document and correct characters will come.

another option is to replace

do shell script "pbpaste > ~/Desktop/keynote-notes-" & thePresentationName & ".md"

with

do shell script "pbpaste > ~/Desktop/keynote-notes.txt"

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@gt86 gt86 commented Dec 4, 2018

Really helpful script, thanks.
Worked first time for me with Keynote 8.3 on macOS 10.14.1.
I changed the output file type from .md to .rtf just to make it easier for input to another application.

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@vfongmala vfongmala commented Aug 9, 2019

How can I update the script to support other language from English?

Updated: I found out that text which copied to clipboard is already support UTF-8. I'll just need to config pbcopy to support UTF-8

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@FMassin FMassin commented Jul 2, 2020

After executing this (without success), I cannot print anything in any app, even after restarting the computer.

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