Through the years I’ve noticed a few different habits. Art teachers collect Mac design apps and fonts. Math teachers collect financial apps, spreadsheets, and calculators. English teachers collect writing apps. Everybody collects templates.
There’s Never Enough
One graphic design instructor once told me, “You can never have too many fonts.” Likewise, any teacher or student that uses Apple’s Pages app knows ‘you can never have too many templates.’
Here’s a quick look at a few of the template packages I’ve installed on a few Macs recently. The first is called simply Templates for Pages and it comes with 1,340 different templates.
Thinking about it a different way, that’s less than 2-cents per template.
Nearly everything you’d think Pages can do has a template. That includes business cards, posters, invitations, brochures, and much more. All are in both U.S. and international formats for proper printing size.
Here’s the kicker. Each template can be customized, resized, added to (or delete elements as needed), and it’s simple to drop in your own photos, images, or logos.
Alright, if you can never have too many fonts, and there’s never enough templates, what about templates for Apple’s Keynote and Numbers? And, what about templates for the iPad versions of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers?
As it turns out, the same folks who do 1,340 Templates for Pages also have a package of template designs– more than 3,000– for Pages, Keynote and Numbers (less than if you bought an individual package for each).
And, yes, there’s even an iPhone and iPad version of Pages but far less expensive than the Mac package.
If there’s a negative it’s the time you’ll spend wandering through all the templates to find one you can modify to fit your project. That’s about the only problem when you can never have enough templates.