PowerPlugs: Templates

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1. Can I load in a single template directly from the CD into PowerPoint?
2. Can I easily install the templates onto my hard drive?
3. Which way is recommended?
4. If I decide to install the templates on my hard drive, what do I do?
5. How can I easily preview and choose from the large number of templates?
6. How do I apply a PowerPlugs: Template in a new presentation?
7.Do any of the templates include animation?
8. What kinds of animations are included?
9. Can I use animated PowerPlugs: Templates and PowerPlugs: Transitions in the same presentation?

1.Can I load in a single template directly from the CD into PowerPoint?
Yes, you can easily access the templates one at a time from the PowerPlugs: Templates CD (except for PowerPlugs: Templates Favorites III - see the note below). With PowerPoint running and one of the PowerPlugs: Templates CDs in your CD-ROM drive, you can preview and select a template from the CD using either of the following PowerPoint menus.
 
File > New
 

Format Apply Design (when using PowerPoint 97); Apply Design Template (when using PowerPoint 2000), or Slide Design (when using PowerPoint 2002 or 2003)

Note: You cannot access a single template from the PowerPlugs: Templates for PowerPoint Favorites III CD because these flash-based templates must be installed onto the hard disk of your computer before you can preview or select one of them.

  
2.Can I easily install the templates onto my hard drive?
Yes. An installer is included.
  
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Which way is recommended?
Either way will work well. If you have the disk space (for example, PowerPlugs: Templates I through VI requires 700 MB per CD) and the time (up to 30 minutes per CD) then installing the CDs is generally preferred, because then you will always have all the templates right there at your fingertips without having to insert a CD each time you want to use a template.

Note: There is no CD access vs. hard disk access option for PowerPlugs: Templates Favorites III since it requires installation onto the hard disk of your computer before you can access these templates.

  
4.If I decide to install the templates on my hard drive, what do I do?
With the exception of PowerPlugs: Templates Favorites III (for reasons noted above), the first time you access each CD, you will be prompted to choose between installing the templates on your hard disk or accessing them from the CD. If you choose to install them, the program will guide you through the process. If you indicate that you want to access them from the CD, and then change your mind later, you will first need to uninstall any templates you may have accessed earlier. To uninstall, go to the Windows Start Menu and select Programs > PowerPlugs > Templates > Uninstall. You will be asked if you wish to uninstall PowerPlugs: Templates. Select "Yes" to begin the uninstallation, and then click "OK" on the confirmation dialog box that appears at the end of the procedure. Please note: Uninstalling PowerPlugs: Templates will remove all styles that are currently installed
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5. How can I easily preview and choose from the large number of templates?
If you are using Windows XP, the best way to preview and choose the templates outside of PowerPoint is to view them using Windows Explorer. Just open Windows Explorer, navigate to the folder where PowerPlugs: Templates is currently stored either on the CD-ROM or your hard drive (C:\Program Files\PowerPlugs\Templates). Select "Thumbnail" from the View menu. This will allow you to preview all .POT files as thumbnails. Please keep in mind that you will only see the "normal" slide background image. Double-clicking on the .POT files will open the selected file in PowerPoint.

If you are using Windows ME or 2000, the best way to preview and choose the templates is to go to PowerPoint's Format menu and select "Apply Design Template" (or "Slide Design" with the "Apply Design Template" option when using PowerPoint 2002 or higher) and change the View mode in the dialog box to "Thumbnail" to view a selected template.
   
6.

How do I apply a PowerPlugs: Template in a new presentation?
Please review the instructions below, based upon what version of PowerPoint you are using.

1. PowerPoint 97
Select File > New

2. PowerPoint 2000
Select File>New

3. PowerPoint 2002 (XP)
Select File > New > General Templates (in right hand pane)


4. PowerPoint 2003
Select File > New > Templates on my computer

   
7. Do any of the templates include animation?
Yes. Please refer to the table below for information on which templates contain animation.
If I own the following PowerPlugs: Templates...

Are there templates that include animation?
If so, how many (per volume) include animation?

How can I tell which template includes animation?
PowerPlugs: Templates I through VI Yes - 400 animated templates per volume The animated templates are easily identified by the alpha characters "b" or "c" in each template's name. For example, the Yellow Templates CD contains animated templates such as PPyellow001b.POT and PPyellow001c.POT.
PowerPlugs: Templates Favorites I   Yes - 200 animated templates The animated templates are easily identified by the alpha characters "B" or "C" in the template name. For example, Blue009B PowerPlugs Favorites 1.pot or Green013C PowerPlugs Favorites 1.pot.
PowerPlugs: Templates Favorites II   No The templates included on the Favorites II CD include business-oriented pictures, however, there are no animated graphics or images.
PowerPlugs: Templates Favorites III   Yes - 100 animated templates Every template in Favorites III includes animated Flash graphics for the Title slide of your PowerPoint presentation. And, more than 50% of these templates also include the animated Flash effect on subsequent slides.
   
8. What kinds of animations are included?
The animation themes vary by the volume of PowerPlugs: Templates from which the template is chosen. Please refer to the table below for further details.
If I own the following PowerPlugs: Templates...

What is the file type of the animated effect embedded in the templates?

 What kinds of animations are included?
PowerPlugs: Templates I through VI   Animated GIF Two main animation themes are included, with several different colored versions of each. One theme features a globe rotating slowly in the upper left corner. The other theme shows abstract geometric shapes that gradually move in an endless pattern. Both themes are very pleasing to watch.
Please note: the animated backgrounds in PowerPlugs: Templates are based on GIF image files, which are not supported in PowerPoint 97. To see the animations in effect, you must run your presentation on a computer equipped with PowerPoint 2000 or higher
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PowerPlugs: Templates Favorites I   Animated GIF Two animation themes as described above.
PowerPlugs: Templates Favorites III   Flash (SWF) The animated Flash graphics in Favorites III collection of templates vary for each template. There are some templates that include pictures in the background with transparent flash effects superimposed. Other templates contain flash objects that are abstract geometric shapes and move about randomly. And, other templates have embedded flash effects that animate colors and complement the overall style of the template. All in all, each template in Favorites III is unique and eye-catching.
   
9. Can I use animated PowerPlugs: Templates and PowerPlugs: Transitions in the same presentation?
Yes.
Note: When using PowerPlugs: Transitions with PowerPlugs: Templates Favorites III, you may notice a momentary (up to second) delay after you click to advance to the next slide (while the Flash animation that is embedded in the template is being stopped). Or, you may notice a very subtle 1 pixel shift in the Flash graphics area of the template in addition to the normal PowerPlugs: Transitions image/slide shift that sometimes occurs. But dont worry. These effects are very minor and your audiences are unlikely to even notice them. They will just be impressed with your sophisticated usage of graphics and animation in your PowerPoint presentation. And our engineers are continuing to work to improve these performance details. But, in the meantime, in order to avoid any concern on your part, just allow an extra second or so after you have clicked to advance to the next slide (rather than clicking twice, which wont help.) Or, if you want to avoid these tiny glitches entirely, you can do so by not using these Flash-animations followed by 3D transition effects in the same slides of a presentation.
 


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