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Powerbacks released as free download

updated 11:15 am EDT, Mon October 2, 2006

Powerbacks set free

The man who created Powerbacks, one of the original four template collections for Microsoft PowerPoint, has made it available for free as a public download after a decade of success. Gary Blue conceived Powerbacks while sitting dismayed backstage during a corporate show in the spring of 1996, looking at the selection of templates that had shipped in Microsoft Office 95 which were being used in almost every presentation. Powerbacks comes in 18 categories that include Business, Creative, Education, Finance, Holidays, Humor, Inspirational, Religion, Social, Sports, Science, Technology, Abstracts, Edges, Frames, Gradients, and Perspectives & Textures. Each Download contains 30 presentation templates, and all works are featured in both .pot and .jpg formats for universal compatibility. Powerbacks works with Microsoft PowerPoint 2000-2007 for both Mac OS and Microsoft Windows.

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  1. srobhall

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Is it just me or would these have been ugly in 1995

  1. Philip J. Fry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: ugly

    No, sadly, I think in 1995 they may have been acceptable.

  1. chas_m




    Look, you might find them ugly -- I think most Mac users would -- but they're a GIFT. Say thank you and move on.

    Some of them I think could be quite acceptable to certain groups. It was nice of Mr. Blue to make them available again.

  1. nativeNYer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    some ok

    Yeah, many of these are ugly, but he saw a need at the time and put these together, and they were better than what was available then. Things have moved on but so what?

    I actually think some of them aren't so horrible, like his perspective series. Also some of the abstract and textures series aren't so bad. For some corporate types that don't have a creative bone in their body, these can be handy.

  1. EmpNorton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: hey

    Generally, I would agree with that - however, there is a point at which even well-meant gifts are not something that need to be accepted. Free California spinach anyone?

  1. dwoodruff

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I saw someone posted that some of them are ugly. That's a shame, I would have to say you have excluded the others from the ugly roundup.

    Ugly, and tasteless.

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They're dated

    That's all. Look at the mac OS pre-8.1 desktop patterns, the endless kittens desktop, the computer circuit board desktop, the thatch desktop. We've just evolved from these things, that's all. Yeah, they're a little um over the top and they show off what a stoned individual with photoshop, a bag of cheetos and insomnia can do, but still it's a freaking GIFT. I've seen MUCH WORSE than this at meetings, this isn't the worst of the worst. For the worst of the worst Mac software, try!

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