As promised a few weeks ago, we are proud to introduce the entire fleet of our redesigned standalone apps. From brand new icons and updated interface elements to freshly added content, they are well worth checking out.
The new interface of all apps, from Inspiration Set to Graphic Styles, has been designed to match the clean and convenient browsing space used in the Toolbox apps. We’ve also introduced full-size preview images to make the item selection more swift.
For those of you who already own one or more of our apps, the latest updates are free of charge. Despite the different icons and some name changes (for example, Set for PowerPoint instead of Presentation Themes), you will still find the redesigned apps in the Purchases section of your Mac App Store accounts. Plus, you will get all the items that have been added to the Toolbox versions of the apps since they were discontinued.
To view the updated apps, visit the Mac App Store.
Now that we’ve already discussed the templates for Pages and Keynote in our previous posts, we’re moving on to the various products for enhancing and customizing the content created with the templates. We’ll start with Elements for iWork and Graphic Styles, because they are similar in many ways yet have different uses.
The current incarnation of Elements for iWork includes 262 items in 4 categories: 51 kits of badges and ribbons, 61 sets of clipart images, 80 batches of fun doodles in various styles, and 70 sets of polished icons. Each set includes multiple images in one consistent style, so the end result is literally thousands of beautiful illustrations (to be honest, we’ve never bothered to count them all). You can use them to put some spark into your slideshows, to illustrate your self-published books, to liven up your classes, or to retouch your website. As a matter of fact, we probably haven’t listed 1% of all the ways these nifty images can make your work easier and prettier.
While the primary purpose of Elements for iWork is to provide eye-catching illustrations, the Graphic Styles collection is more about all that surrounds them. The app contains 191 items in 5 categories: 10 sets of backgrounds (a new category, which will certainly be growing in the future), 23 sets of funky bullet styles for your slideshows, 20 kits of character images for creating a one-of-a-kind headline, 81 batches of image frames, and 57 collections of colorful patterns. You can create entire Keynote themes by combining these elements in unique ways, and the popularity of the Pages version of Graphic Styles shows that they’re great for books, greeting cards, and more.
|Elements for iWork||Graphic Styles|
|Focus on||Various content||Business documents|
Both collections are available in both Toolbox for Pages and Keynote. Once you have selected a style you want to use, open it in one of the two formats, copy the selected item, and paste it into your document. Some items come in Pages/Keynote native shapes and are fully editable, and some are PNG images, which you can arrange in Format > Image Styles.
By the way, we will soon be launching our Community page, where you can suggest styles and themes for future updates. Stay tuned for more information!
Continuing with the series of posts on our products, we’ll talk about our four sets of templates included in Toolbox for Pages: Inspiration Set, Business Mix Set, Stationery Set, and Corporate Style Packs.
At the moment, Inspiration Set consists of 445 templates grouped into 13 categories such as Books & Albums and Newsletters & Magazines. It’s a wide-range collection with no specific purpose, so you can find pretty much anything in it, whether you need design for an ebook or a set of jar labels. Some of the templates have multiple sections such as text pages, covers, photo galleries, etc., which you can combine in whichever way you want.
As its name suggests, Business Mix Set is tailored to companies in need of various templates. The set includes 228 designs in 10 categories, ranging from marketing and sales materials to project management forms. There’s plenty of flyers, brochures, newsletters, business cards, invoices, envelopes, and other types of print materials commonly used by small and medium businesses.
Stationery Set is the Pages equivalent of our Mail Stationery app and contains 169 unconventional templates for letters. Whether you want to leave a cute get-well note to a family member or send a striking newsletter to potential customers, you can find an appropriate design in Stationery Set’s five categories.
Finally, Corporate Style Packs is a collection of 12 template packs, each containing 36 templates in matching designs. They can help you create a consistent look for your company, from business cards to memos and timetables, for a fraction of what it would cost to hire a graphic designer. Naturally, all templates can be easily customized in Pages to match your existing corporate symbols.
|Inspiration Set||Business Mix Set||Stationery Set||Corporate Style Packs|
|Designs available now||445||228||169||12 x 36|
|Focus on||Various content||Business documents||Letters||Consistent business style|
|For business use|
|For personal use|
|Can be saved in Pages|
In fact, you have lots of freedom with all our templates: you can change the colors and the fonts, add your own images and logos, and even combine sections from different templates. If you have Elements or Graphic Styles for Pages, you can also make use of the unique icons, patterns, bullets, and other items provided in these apps. Every design is a solid starting point but your own creativity is what determines the end result, and that’s exciting, isn’t it?
As you might know, we discontinued most of our standalone apps for iWork a few months ago and transferred their content to the Toolboxes. That was great news for tens of thousands of our clients. However, it turned out to be less lucky for those of you who previously owned the standalone apps and missed the chance to buy the Toolboxes at a discounted price.
Therefore, we’re now not only working to bring Themes for Keynote, Business Mix Set, Elements for iWork, and other much loved apps back but also redesigning them to match the new look of the Toolboxes. That includes the clean and convenient browsing space, full-size preview images, and brand new app icons.
The relaunched apps will contain all the new designs that have been added since they were discontinued. They will also be updated regularly, just like the Toolboxes.
We’re planning to submit the first three redesigned apps (Themes for Keynote, Layouts for Keynote, and Infographics) for Apple’s approval next week. Stay tuned to be the first to find out about the upcoming changes!