Despite the fact that Words are the most inexhaustible source of magic we have, Visuals have a bit more significance when it comes to conveying ideas to others. This fact accounts for the increasing popularity of photographs, videos, infographics and other visual media when compared to that of text-based ones. When we consider case of business-based purposes, however, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations are the best! Nevertheless, it seems that this popular and widely used Slideshow presentation creator is not that up-to-date when it comes to the case of shapes and icons to be used in presentations, particularly from a utilitarian point of view. Today, however, we have come up with one viable solution for this insufficiency of such elements — ShapeChef. As its name says, it is a superb Chef of shapes. In this post, we will have a fully-fledged review of this PowerPoint plugin that makes enough sense when it we take its practical uses into account.
ShapeChef — an Introduction
Simply put, ShapeChef is a collection of shapes and icons that can be useful while creating PowerPoint presentations for your personal or professional purposes. Best part of ShapeChef is that you can get new collections of icons along with shapes from the regularly updated database of ShapeChef. Although ShapeChef is a premium product, you shall grab a free trial version and chances are quite high that you will purchase the premium version, especially if you are one who has to create effective PowerPoint presentations frequently. ShapeChef comes from Wulfsoft. In addition to this interactive database, ShapeChef boasts a number of features, some of which will be useful when you would like to collaborate your work with others in firm or would like to create a collection of shapes and icons for the firm. In this review, we will have a look on many of such aspects, exploring how useful can ShapeChef be in various situations.
Just as we have said earlier, ShapeChef offers an impressive collection of shapes that are included in different kind of categories. Suppose you are going to prepare a presentation that will be used to explain functioning of a system that has recently been installed in your company. Of course, you will have to include icons and shapes of elements that are technical such as server, PC case, workstation etc. Similarly, there are different kinds of collections in ShapeChef that can be useful in variety of situations. For instance, you can find icons and shapes based on flow chart, Gantt charts as well as maps. To use these collections, what you have to do is just download them through your internet connection.
Thus, while viewing in a practical perspective, icon and shapes collection of ShapeChef is something truly impressive. To make these collections compact, ShapeChef has implemented an import and export feature. Using this feature, it is possible for you to export a specific category of shapes so that you will be able to store them securely and thus to use it later in another PC. So, if you have a set of customized shapes and want to share those shapes with others in your firm, you can use this feature.
Libraries Make Collaboration Easier
Once you install ShapeChef in your computer, you can see two sections — My Shapes and Shared Shapes. In the first, you can see icons and shapes that you have saved after customization. On the other hand, Shared Shapes is useful if you would like to create an online library of shapes and share those shapes with your colleagues or someone else. To do that, you have to provide your email address. Once you have added an online library, you will be able to invite or add users so that they too can make use of these excellent shapes to enhance their PowerPoint presentations. Since ShapeChef offers an option to save your own shapes to ShapeChef library, you may show your creative talents too ;).
Simple, Sense-Making User Interface
In every part, developers and designers of ShapeChef have tried their best to keep simplicity! Because of that, it feels quite smooth to use ShapeChef as well as shapes that are available through ShapeChef servers. For instance, when it comes to inserting shapes into a slide, what you have to do is just drag it from ShapeChef section and drop it in your slide — simple as that. Similarly, it will not more than a few seconds for you to create an online library of shapes and share it with others in your company or friends. To do that, you will have to provide their name, email ID and rights, you would like to grant them. Altogether, we can say that User Interface of ShapeChef is something impressive when your top priority is increase in productivity, especially by persuading others in an effective way.
Considering all these factors, we find nothing wrong in calling ShapeChef a must-have tool for professionals, who do make use of Microsoft PowerPoint presentations frequently. Yet, we would like to know what you think of this plug-in for Microsoft PowerPoint.