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PowerPlugs: Templates for PowerPoint


Date Created: June 4th 2007
Last Updated: February 26th 2009

About PowerPlugs: Templates
Downloading Templates
Pricing and Support


I often think that PowerPoint templates are like fonts -- you can never have enough of them. Great presentations can be made over a plain white background using little text formatting -- yet, we all seem to require an excuse to bring in more color and design into our slides. And that's where templates help -- a well defined template can make all the difference to a presentation by imparting good background choices, sensible layouts, font choices, and color schemes.

Our product for review does provide many of these capabilities -- and it's both a product and an online service. CrystalGraphics' PowerPlugs annual subscription of PowerPoint templates allows you to choose from their large template collection for a fixed price.


About PowerPlugs: Templates for PowerPoint

PowerPlugs: Templates is part of a series of PowerPoint offerings from CrystalGraphics, a company based in Santa Clara, California, USA -- they create add-ins for programs like PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, etc. You can learn more about PowerPlugs: Templates for PowerPoint at their site...

Once you sign up for an annual subscription, you will be provided with a user name and password that allows you to access these templates.

At the time of writing, PowerPlugs: Templates includes 3000 PowerPoint templates -- on an average, around 200 plus new designs are added each month.

Update on Nov 17th 2007: Presently, there are more than 6000 templates

My contact at PowerPlugs: Templates for this review was Nicole Ha - thank you, Nicole.


Downloading Templates

Once you buy an annual subscription, you are provided a unique password that is sent to you by email. You sign in with your email address and the password to download unlimited templates for a year.

Follow these steps to download the templates:

  1. Click this link... (or copy the link and open it in a new browser window). This opens the PowerPlugs: Templates page that you can see in Figure1.

    PowerPlugs: Templates
    Figure 1: PowerPlugs: Templates page

  2. Assuming that you have subscribed, click on the Sign In link which opens the page you see in Figure 2. Here you can type the e-mail address and the password provided to you.

    Sign for PowerPlugs: Templates
    Figure 2: Sign for PowerPlugs: Templates

  3. Once you have signed in, you'll see all the templates available for download, as shown in Figure 3.

    PowerPlugs Templates
    Figure 3 : PowerPlugs: Templates available for download

    Choose the template you wish to download from the thumbnails displayed -- choose a category to browse templates within that category. You can also search the template collection with the keyword search option.

  4. Once you decide which template you want to access, click the Download link placed below the template thumbnail (see Figure 3 above).

  5. This opens the download page with download instructions (see Figure 4). Then click on the prominent Download button.

    Download templates
    Figure 4 : Download templates

    Save the template in your system.

Note: There is a limit of 25 template downloads during a 24 hour period.

There is also an Add to Favorites option that adds selected templates to your Favorites collection -- although there's no option to download all your favorites.


Pricing & Support

A subscription to PowerPlugs: Templates for PowerPoint costs $89 annually. Support is through email, an online FAQ, and phone.


In Conclusion

A subscription is certainly well worth the price if you like to acquire new template designs all the time. Also, there are a large number of designs that are varied enough to provide you with ample choices.


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