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Review: PowerPoint To Go Free Templates

PowerPoint To Go (PPT-to-go.de) is a company based in Germany and offers a collection of PowerPoint templates that are free. The main categories are maps and nice looking 3D shapes in colorful layouts.

Unfortunately, we were not too impressed with the site. To access the free templates you must go through a registration process – for 1 template per month. While registering, the site timed out twice with a fatal error on the server being reported. It took four log in attempts before successfully accessing the downloads page. So the online experience was far from smooth.

The template downloaded is a .ppt (PPT 2003) and on our systems it opened with a corrupt file warning.

The thumbnail image on the download page was very different (and visually better) than the actual slide:

I had expected to see a full PowerPoint template with all of the master slide formatting preset. There is minimal template formatting in place and it is actually more jumbled than the MS default (and uses the German language dictionary).

Many of the thumbnails look great and I would recommend using just the content (map, 3D pyramid, etc.) by importing into your template and not using the PowerPoint to Go file as a template.

– Troy @ TLC

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Microsoft’s Office.com has Free PowerPoint Video Templates (Designed by Me!)

Microsoft’s Office.com has launched a really great new download option for PowerPoint video templates and slides. For TLC Creative Services, it is especially exciting as I was able to work with the Office.com team to create the first set of video templates! The 34 templates available were all created right here and available to everyone for free – visit the Microsoft Office Video Templates page here.

The goal of these templates (note – most are single slide examples, not true presentation templates) is to “showcase the great video features of PowerPoint 2010. …these video templates provide customers with detailed instructions for how to reproduce the creative effects on the slide. Customers may then use the templates to customize with their own videos.” I definitely expect to see this resource continue to grow, so keep it bookmarked.

– Troy @ TLC

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New Look to iStockphoto Website

Last week iStockphoto was updated with a redesigned site for faster and easier access to content with an updated navigation scheme. There is now a static toolbar to access things like credit balance, shopping cart and lightboxes.

There are now separate landing pages for photography, illustrations, video, audio and Flash files for faster, more focused searches.

Designing presentations can use lots of images, so searching made easier is a good thing for all presentations!

Tip: If purchasing iStockphoto credits, first do a web search for “istockphoto discount code” as 10-20% discount codes are plentiful.

– Troy @ TLC

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2011 4th of July PowerPoint 16×9 Template

The 4th of July weekend was great! Lots of relaxing, time with family and grilling. This template is posted after the weekend, so everyone is very prepared for next year! This is a full featured 4th of July themed PowerPoint 2010 template that is setup for widescreen (16×9) presentations.

1 = Theme slide
2 = Title slide
3 = Content slide, and all standard layouts based on this one

Download the template here.

– Troy @ TLC

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2011 4th of July PowerPoint Template

Looking forward to a great day with family, food and fireworks! We have designed a full featured PowerPoint 2010 4th of July themed template that can be downloaded for free.

Download here (580K)

Troy @ TLC

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Portfolio Templates/Assets

Vertical Lines and Masked AreasTemplate

This is a template developed for a recent project. It is a very visual template with rich, dark color scheme and great contrast of the vertical lines background to the horizontal lines of content. The same vertical line background is used on all master layouts. The primary design element used is adding masks of varying opacity and color over sections of the vertical line background to allow the content to stand out and be legible.

– Troy @ TLC

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Raining Medication Template

Another presentation template in the series of talks on Medication in today’s environment was this visually fun template. The template goals were lots of content area, clean lines and visually conveying the concept of growth of the overwhelming number of medication options. The final template featured all of the formatting master layouts and formatting options preset with trees to represent continuous growth and raining medication on the title slide.

– Troy @ TLC

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Thinking About Medication PowerPoint Template

This PowerPoint template outline was for a presentation with a core message of the complexity of medication. The template featured a simple color scheme and central focus on the head filled with medication image. The same image was used on all other meeting materials to visually depict the message.

– Troy @ TLC

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Using Color in a PPT Template

The goal of this template was to use bright and energizing colors and a horizon. Here is the client approved template.

– Troy @ TLC

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Is that a Liver? PowerPoint Template

As this client proves, medical slides do not need to be the standard boring blue background white and yellow text. The topic is Hepatitis liver function and the challenges in treatment. And we were free to explore visual cues in developing the PowerPoint template. The final approved template used a rock climber facing a challenge, a cliff that is actually the human liver, a hiking ridge made of viruses, a blood red title and a vast open mountainscape for the background.
Here is the theme graphic, title slide and general content master layouts.

Here is the theme graphic, title slide and general content master layouts.

-Troy @ TLC