PowerFinish Templates Volume 6
Reviewed: Geetesh Bajaj
Date Created: January 22nd 2008
Last Updated: February 26th 2009
Millions of presentations may be created each day, but you may only see a few each week. And even then they all look the same to you. Your newspaper changes their layouts, web sites rehaul their identities, companies go through image makeovers, even television looks different and more contemporary each day.
So why do people make presentations that look the same? That's typically because they use the designs that are built inside PowerPoint. The product being reviewed here allows you to make your presentations look different and contemporary.
PowerFinish is from Studio F, a company based in Sarasota, Florida, USA. Studio F creates PowerPoint templates and backgrounds. You can learn more about PowerFinish Volume 6 and other products at their site...
PowerFinish Volume 6 is a set of 50 PowerPoint design templates that comprise an assortment of abstracts, geometry, and strokes with a painted canvas look. It is very contemporary, and the entire collection is available in both 4:3 standard and 16:9 HD sizes.
All of the hi-def designs are 1280 X 720 pixels, the same resolution you see on a high definition TV broadcast. If you haven't used it before, you'll be happy to find that the 720p format offers many opportunities for new content arrangements with multiple columns, text callouts with photos.
My contact at Studio F for this review was Joye Argo - thank you, Joye.
Joye adds that she "personally finds the high def format to be especially elegant and really like the viability of additional slide layouts using 2+ columns. The 16:9 ratio looks so professional and it allows users to create zones on the screen".
About the designs, Joye says that these were "designed around organic paint techniques. There is a remarkable range of media styles represented: thick, textured oils; monochromatic charcoal like drawings; vivid watercolors; soft chalky pastels".
Here's a preview of some of the new high definition designs from PowerFinish Volume 6 -- click on the preview thumbnails to open a popup window with larger previews.
Each design template includes six alternate slide background design variations. Here are the six variants for two of the designs:
These six variation includes dark, light, black and white designs which can be used according to where the presentation has to be presented:
- A dark or a black design can be used to play a video on it,
- The white design can be used to print the slide and,
- The rest (or all) of the designs are ideal for title and bullet slides.
All designs include coordinated color schemes.
The designs play with geometry and painted effects, while staying uncluttered and suitable for all sorts of presentation content.
A single download of all 50 4:3 templates costs $49.99. The high definition version is $69.99. Volume 6 standard and high definition formats are also both included in The Ultimate Presentation Kit which is delivered on 7 CDs.
Studio F always provides backgrounds with minimal compression to maintain high quality. All PowerFinish products are compatible with PowerPoint 97 forward and both Windows and Mac operating systems.
Support is through e-mail -- in addition, Studio F offers live telephone support during regular business hours.
The folks at Studio F continue their run on making one of the best lines of PowerPoint designs available -- PowerFinish Volume 6 is an excellent investment for anyone who creates PowerPoint presentations.