Monday, January 05, 2015

Tutorial on How to Use ShapeChef- An Add on for Powerpoint Presentation

Posted by Suhel Sayyad
ShapChef is a powerful add-in for the Powerpoint package. It lets you manipulate icons, pictures, charts etc. in an organized manner. The add-in is powerful and offers hundreds of options for a better experience for the users. In addition, the add-in lets you store information in the cloud. The add-in is the powerhouse of hundreds and thousands of libraries which can be used anywhere at any time. All the libraries are free to download. The only downside of ShapeChef is that it is paid add-in. But, you can try it for free. The trial version lasts 30 days.

Installing ShapeChef

Installing ShapeChef is easy. You need to download the add-in from here and save it your desktop. Run the installer once the download is complete. During the installation, it is recommended to make an account o ShapeChef site so that you will be able to use their cloud services for free. Using cloud will also let you share your work to other people.

Using ShapeChef

ShapeChef UI is intuitive and that's why it's quite easy to use. Let's go through the application once, so that you get an in-depth understanding of how to use the add-in effectively.
Once you launch PowerPoint, the ShapeChef add-in menu option will surface at the top-right menu. Click that menu option and the ShapeChef small window will open on the right side of the PowerPoint application as shown below.
Tutorial on How to Use ShapeChef- An Add on for Powerpoint Presentation


The submenu option of the ShapeChef contains the following options
  • Shapes Panel - Show Shapes Panel, Add Online Library
  • Shape Library - Add Shape, Download Shapes, Import Shapes and Add User.
  • ShapeChef - My Account, Check for Updates and About.
Additionally, there will be licensing option if you are using the trial version. The option goes away once you have the full paid version.

Shapes Panel

Shapes Panel contain two options Show Shapes Panel and Add Online Library. With Show Shapes Panel, you will be greeted with the same side panel as you first open the ShapeChef. The Shapes panel opens by default.

Add Online Library

This option will let you use the online cloud feature of ShapeChef. To use it, you need to register an account with them. Once done, you can easily avail the service by adding your own library and sharing them with peers. 

Tutorial on How to Use ShapeChef- An Add on for Powerpoint Presentation

Shape Library

Shape Library is easy to use. You can add shape, download shapes or import shapes. Furthermore, you can additional users for using the add-in.
To add a shape, select the shape and click on add shape button. You will be prompted to choose the category to which you want to add the shape. You can also add custom shapes with the help of "import shapes." button.
Tutorial on How to Use ShapeChef- An Add on for Powerpoint Presentation


To download shapes in the form of the library, use the Download Shapes button. Click on the library and start downloading. 

Tutorial on How to Use ShapeChef- An Add on for Powerpoint Presentation

ShapeChef Sub-Menu option

This sub-menu option is only for information. You can check your account, look for updates or choose to know more about the software by clicking on About. 

Tutorial on How to Use ShapeChef- An Add on for Powerpoint Presentation

Verdict

ShapeChef is an excellent add-in for PowerPoint. It helps to manage shapes, share them and implement them in various PowerPoint projects. The add-in costs only $39.99 and is highly recommended.