I have some old Keynote presentations. When I try to open them with the latest Keynote (6.5.2 (2119)), I get the following warning:

This presentation can’t be opened because it’s too old.
To open it, save it with Keynote ’09 first.

I've managed to get Keynote '09 installed, and I can open with that, save, open with the current version, and save again.

It will be a pain to do this with all of my Keynote presentations, but it seems it has to be done if I want to be able to access them in the future. Or I should convert them to PDF so they are in a format with more long-term access options.

How do I find all of the Keynote presentations on my computer that are outdated? Is there an mdfind option that will allow me to find just the old versions?

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A Smart Folder is probably the easiest way to find all your old Keynote files. To create one:

  1. Open a Finder Window
  2. Click "File" > "New Smart Folder"
  3. In the search box, type "key" and then select "Keynote Document" from the dropdown
  4. If you like, you can add a last modified filer by clicking the "+" sign under the search box.
  5. If you want to save the Smart folder, click the "Save" button

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  • Doesn't this list all Keynote documents, old and new?
    – nohillside
    Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 16:10
  • I was counting on the date filter to eliminate the new files. It sounds like the OP just installed the new Keynote app recently. Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 16:12
  • I've been using new Keynote for a while. Just recently realized I can't open old ones, and should update them. This isn't a complete solution, but this plus sorting by "date modified" should help me out.
    – mankoff
    Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 18:53
  • Strangely when searching I see all Keynote docs, but after saving the search and selecting it in the sidebar, nothing shows up.
    – mankoff
    Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 19:02
  • That is odd. I see the same thing on my end. The workaround that I found was to edit the Smart Folder to search for the kind of "Keynote" instead of "Keynote Document". You can do this by following the steps below: 1. Secondary click on the smart search in the finder left panel and click on "Show Search Criteria". 2. Replace "Keynote Document" with "Keynote" and Save Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 20:10

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