What’s missing in both apps is a full library of quality, 3rd party graphic illustrations. Clip art. Or, Clipart. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of image collections to drag and drop into your iWork documents. You just have to know where to look and be prepared to pay.
Good illustration collections aren’t available for next to nothing in a Walmart close-out bin.
Illustration Collections or Clip Art?
One of my favorite collections is from Jumsoft, specifically Clipart Prime (now available in the Mac App Store).
This is a premium collection of 100 high quality images and priced such that you know Jumsoft is proud of their product.
The company has a value package creatively titled Clipart, similarly priced, but containing 1,400 clip art images. As with many graphic illustration packages, Clipart comes in high quality PNG and PDF formats.
The 1,200 images in the title are in the package Stills from Graphic Node.
These are cartoonish 3D people and objects so it’s unlikely they’ll be attractive to the advertising crowd, but are perfect for Mac users in need of quick drag and drop images for Pages documents and Keynote presentations.
Jumsoft’s Clipart, also available on the Mac App Store, makes images drag and drop, copy and paste for iWork or Microsoft Office documents (or, other graphic apps).
The only problem I have with graphic illustration collections is that you never have enough. I’ve been collecting CDs and DVDs of images for about 15 years, and still manage to cough up a few dollars more for a new package.
Where do you use such clipart collections?
Anywhere there’s a web page, poster, flyer, newsletter, email template, or presentation that needs to be created.
If all you’re after is a theme that’s different than the stock themes provided by Apple in iWork, then Jumsoft has a variety of theme packages for Keynote and Pages.
And, the above graphic illustrations (I still like the word clipart) will drag and drop into the theme packages.