Neither Store has a way to pay for app upgrades, but the within-the-app purchase options has some decidedly worthy benefits. Here’s an easy way to get to a large collection of templates for iWorks Pages and themes for Keynote from within a free toolbox.
Only The Box Is Free
We all know the value of having more templates and themes for Pages and Keynote. Apple provides a good number, but if size matters, so does the number of templates and themes for iWork apps.
That brings me to two free apps on the Mac App Store that can enhance your usage of iWork apps; Toolbox for Pages, and Toolbox for Keynote.
The former gives you access to dozens of templates for Pages, and the latter has dozens of themes for Pages.
And, each Toolbox gives you a little freedom from the oppression of all-or-nothing template and theme shopping– almost ala carte shopping.
Toolbox is free. Within the app you can see which templates or themes are available as in-app purchases from the Mac App Store.
Prices range from 99-cents for individual templates and themes all the way to the whole she-bang– dozens of templates or themes for $69.99 (as well as some theme specific packages for Keynote).
Using either Toolbox app is drop dead simple.
For Pages, some of the Toolbox options include postcards, newsletters, flyers, brochures, resume, and posters, among many.
For Keynote, some of the Toolbox options include theme specific themes, for example, USA, layouts, corporate charts, world, comic book, South America, and many others.
To give you an idea of what you’re getting, each Toolbox also gives you the option to select the first item in a product category for free so you can see the quality and value of each in-app purchase.
The company that makes the Toolbox apps has plenty of other options, including clipart, theme and template elements, as well as Toolbox for Pages and Keynote for iPhone and iPad to match what you get on the Mac.
There’s probably no better way to create a vibrant library of templates and themes that go well beyond those provided by Apple in Pages and Keynote. Unfortunately, these are graphic oriented apps, and there’s no Toolbox for Numbers, but who uses a spreadsheet these days?