My never-ending search for bargains tends to focus on themes and templates for Keynote, Pages, and Numbers, but also on Apple’s iBooks Author (the most underrated app you can get from Apple). Here’s an affordable package of everything Mac owning students need to succeed.
Designs, Templates, Themes, Oh My!
If you have or know of a high school or college student– one who loves their Mac– Design for Students is a perfect gift app. It’s inexpensive. It’s practical. It works for years.
What’s inside are a variety of designs, templates, and themes for Apple’s Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and iBooks Author.
Pages tops the list with over 200 templates, all fully customizable and in both U.S. and international paper sizes.
Students get options for school timetables, elegant todo lists, and dozens of options for creative layouts for media, design, or marketing classes.
Keynote users never have enough themes, and Designs packs in 40 slideshow themes for Keynote (different than those that come with Keynote).
Students will learn how to create compelling presentations for class projects.
Pages and Keynote are used often by teachers and students. Numbers not so much, which is a shame because spreadsheets make the world go round and students could use what a spreadsheet does.
The Designs package comes with 40 spreadsheet templates for Numbers which help students learn budgeting, cost comparisons, and business basics.
That brings me to the great unsung hero of Apple’s apps– iBooks Author. This app is way underrated and underreported. It’s great for teachers, writers, and anyone with more material and information to share than you can stuff into a website.
Designs comes with 20 new templates for iBooks Author, with is a great way for students to create yearbooks, project portfolios, or multi-media assignments.
You’ll be impressed with Designs for Students’ low price and useful functionality. The same publisher has a number of other theme, template, and graphic design tools for the Mac, though Design for Students is the bargain.