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PPTools ShapeStyles

What are styles? What'll they do for me? Do I need them?

If you use Word's styles, you already have a pretty good idea of how ShapeStyles works and how powerful styles can be.

If you have styles available to you and you don't use them, you're wasting WAY too much of your valuable time.

PPTools brings styles to PowerPoint.

Seeing is believing ... View a flash demo (Note: unfortunately, at the end of the demo, you'll be sent to a page that no longer exists. Just close the browser window and you'll return here. Until we have a chance to fix it, please accept our apologies.)

NOW do you believe? If so ...

And if you don't use Word's styles

If you're not familiar with the power of styles, imagine this scenario. You create, say, a footnote.

You format it to perfection ... position, size, font, color, gradient fill ... any formatting that PowerPoint is capable of.

You've got the most beautiful, most perfect footnote known to humankind right there on your slide.

Now ... make another one just like it on another slide.
And one more on each of the hundred other slides in your presentation.
And then reformat the footnotes in all of your other presentations to match this one.

Makes your wrists hurt just to think about, doesn't it?

But what if ...

What if you could somehow memorize all that formatting from the first footnote, then select any other shape and apply your footnote formatting?

ShapeStyles does that. In one click.

But what if you have lots of different heavily styled shapes on a slide. What if you could just select them all and apply the same style to all of them at once?

ShapeStyles does that. Click.

OK, but what if you've just created a new slide and need to ADD a footnote. And then format it?

ShapeStyles does that. If you apply a style when nothing's selected, ShapeStyles creates a shape just like the one you memorized when you created the style. Formats it. Even drops in and selects some sample text. Just start typing the text you want to add. Click.

But but but ... but what if you decide later that the footnote formatting is wrong, all wrong? And that now you need to reformat all of those footnotes. Throughout your entire presentation?

ShapeStyles does that. Click.

It'll let you reformat one footnote, replace the old style formatting with the new, then ... here's the part that makes us giggle ... apply the new formatting to every shape in your presentation that had the old footnote formatting. Click. Done.

It's not just for footnotes

Not by a long shot. ShapeStyles saves you hours on just about any type of repetitive formatting. And you can tell it which of those attributes to memorize/apply and which to ignore for each style you define.

How ShapeStyles works

ShapeStyles is like a very smart, fast assistant who does all your PowerPoint formatting for you. It clicks all the buttons and chooses all the right options at the speed of light. It doesn't get bored and make mistakes and never asks for a raise.

And like presentations created to your specifications by a human assistant, the presentations you create using ShapeStyles are completely compatible. No special software is needed to edit or play them back.

ShapeStyles memorizes the formatting you've applied to a PowerPoint shape and saves it in styles that you can name and later apply to other shapes.

To create a new style, you simply

Once you've created the style, it appears with your other styles on the ShapeStyles toolbar.

To apply a style's memorized formatting, select the style, select the shape or shapes you want to apply it to and click Apply Style. Done!

In one click, you've applied dozens of formatting options that might ordinarily be scattered across six or eight tabs in three or four PowerPoint dialog boxes.

And with ShapeStyles Sticky Styles, you can even set your styles up so that when you change the style, you can automatically apply the changes to all of the shapes in your presentation that have that style applied already.

If you want to create styles for others to use but you don't want them to be able to edit your styles, you can set them up with copies of ShapeStyles Lite, which can select and apply styles but not edit them.

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