Ever had a time in your life where you really needed to put together an impressive presentation? We’ve all been in that type of situation! Furthermore, some of us have to put together these types of presentations on a regular basis. However, wouldn’t it be easier if you didn’t have to worry about slide layouts for graphs and charts?
Sure, a lot of templates exist, but sometimes they either don’t look that great or they aren’t as functional as we’d like them to be. However, with the template set for Powerpoint and Keynote – Slidevana – you get amazing graphics and legitimate functionality. Fortunately, MakeUseOf was able to get its hands on a copy of Slidevana to review, and we’re giving 25 copies of Slidevana for both PowerPoint and Keynote worth $2500 away for free! However, Slidevana does have a certain kind of user in mind, so you should stick around and decide whether you want it or not.
At its core, Slidevana is simply a theme for Microsoft Powerpoint and Apple Keynote. However, it comes at a whopping price of $79 for Powerpoint and Keynote individually and $99 for both applications (marked down from $139 and $199 respectively) with free lifetime updates. With that said, Slidevana is one of the priciest of all premium themes.
So why is Slidevana so costly? We’ll get to that in just a moment.
Truth be told, when I was first asked to review Slidevana, I didn’t even know it was a Powerpoint/Keynote slide set. After initially reviewing the features, I actually thought it was a separate application from Powerpoint and Keynote. However, that is certainly not the case.
I discovered that Slidevana was actually a quality template set. It was full of all sorts of graphs and graphics, and honestly, based on what I could see, it could be used to create virtually any presentation.
However, one thing that I did dislike about the presentation set was its lack of graphical customization. Slidevana comes with both a Light and a Dark template, but there are really no true options for colors and fonts save for what your presentation application already offers. The way I see it is that if I’m paying $79 for a template, I want a few options, and seeing that I’m wanting a template, I don’t want to have to get into the nitty gritty application selections and change the fonts and colors myself. I’d rather Slidevana just offer maybe four versions of the presentation set, but to be honest, it’s not a deal-breaker.
Slidevana has quite a few different types of slides available for users. However, they all include features that are readily available on your presentation application as well. For instance, you can easily create graphs with Keynote (what I happen to use) with just a few clicks of a button. The question that comes from this is, “Why should I pay for someone to do this for me?” Well, if all you are wanting is to just create some graph, then you shouldn’t have to pay for someone to do it for you. Let’s be honest about that. However, if you are trying to impress with a graphical marvel… then I would highly recommend Slidevana.
You see, Slidevana offers a variety of slides that all align with one graphical theme, and this variety offers multiple options for each feature that you want. Let’s say that you want to have several pie graphs in your presentation. With Slidevana, you have several slides options that do the same thing (pretty much), but the graphics are just slightly different.
Comparably, based on what I’ve seen with other similar templates, this is not exactly common. Anything else you get would only allow for a few different individual slide templates. However, Slidevana goes above and beyond the call of duty. The template set itself offers 150 slide styles that include the following:
- Basic layouts (titles, subtitles, etc.)
- Minimal layouts (creative simple slides to make a point)
- List layouts
- Maps (with more to be added on)
- Pyramid diagrams
- Funnel diagrams
- Cycle diagrams
- Block diagrams
- Gantt charts
- 2×2 matrices
- Quadrant diagrams
- Venn diagrams
- Basic charts
- Combo charts
- Multi-chart layouts
- Business frameworks
That’s a lot of slides, right? I personally believe that this is where Slidevana is worth it. The slide set offers several features that other templates do not, and that really does help when competing with other companies. Is the price fair? I would say so in this case, but like I said earlier, I wouldn’t mind having a few more graphical options to choose from.
Furthermore, these slide sets are functional and easy to use. If you know anything about PowerPoint or Keynote, you can get in there and have a full presentation prepared in less than an hour (granted, this would depend on what the presentation required.) Honestly, this is exactly the type of thing I wish I could have had in my high school speech class, but on a more mature note, this is good to have when you do a lot of presentations for your workplace and are short on time.
For instance, it takes seconds to modify a two-part pie chart, and if you have a more than just two data sets, it only takes a few more seconds to include them. Just think – if you’ve spent quite a bit of time figuring out a certain amount of data, wouldn’t it feel better to just punch that data in to create a chart rather than spending even more time doing so? That seems logical to me. Additionally, the presentations are built for optimum iPad and iPhone functionality, so that’s another plus.
Slidevana is not meant for a one time use whatsoever, and furthermore, I foresee it as a tool to be used regularly as opposed to once every few months. This is great for people who give weekly presentations, and I can see where it would be very easy to make a presentation the day before.
However, I wouldn’t use Slidevana if you don’t plan on using it more than just a few times. At that point, there really just isn’t any purpose. This is basically the Swiss Army knife of presentation sets, and it is meant to be used for more intense purposes. Furthermore, its graphic design is beautiful, and it should be used for more than just a college presentation or a Parent Teacher Association meeting.
If you are a business person who needs to make regular impressive presentations, you should definitely go for a copy of Slidevana. Get a copy from their online store. It’s $79 for a license that will either work on PowerPoint or Keynote; and $99 for a license that will work on both applications, with free lifetime updates.
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