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How do I find all of the Keynote presentations on my computer that are outdated?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
    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. 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
    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
    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 Jan 26, 2015 at 20:10

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