One of the unfortunate aspects of being the O’Brien family’s resident Mac tool queen is my penchant for collecting things. Graphic design apps, color utilities, interesting tools in the Menubar, and templates.
As to the latter they’re probably the bargain. I have templates for Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and a bunch of Mail stationery that goes way beyond what Apple provides. Templates are an absolute bargain for Mac users who don’t want to create their own business cards, newsletters, proposals, invoices, forms, or any kind of publication, because why? Someone else has done the work.
Here’s how it works. You download the Toolbox for Pages from the Mac App Store. It’s a free app that gives you one-click access to Business Mix Templates and others as in-app purchases. That may seem convoluted at first but it’s simple and works well.
From within the app you can view everything and there’s plenty to view. The company specializes in templates but also includes options for clipart which can be dropped into the templates.
The value, though, is in the templates. Pages is a decent word processor and nominal page layout app, but it shines with pre-built templates. Apple provides some in Pages, but, as they say, you can never have too many templates.
The beauty of using a pre-built template should be obvious. You don’t need to create a Pages page– newsletter, invoice, business card, flyer, or whatever– from scratch. Simply select the template that matches your need, drop in different graphics, change the headline and text and you’re done.
Plus, the whole thing can be saved and used again or tweaked as needed. The end results speak for themselves. Professionally designed Pages documents customized for your needs, with your logo, and with little effort.
Way back in the day I worked for an accounting firm (I know; boring, right?) and we used templates for Excel for our clients, so I know the value of saving time and time is money so anything with a decent template that you can use in your business or office is a good value.
The Jumsoft template collection is among the best for Mac users and they’ve been around awhile; long enough to know the trend in usage. That means iPhone and iPad. That also means there’s a Toolbox for Pages for iOS and it works much the same way.
Select the package of templates you want from within the app, and purchase as needed with a click. It works through your iTunes account just like an in-app purchase. Caveats? If you’re a collector like me, yes. All those template packages can add up so I’ve learned through the years to get the whole shebang first, then I’m done. A few templates have compatibility issues with certain fonts or layouts but those are minor nits which usually get corrected on the next automatic update.
There’s much to like about templates on your Mac, just beware of the tendency to create an ongoing and growing collection.