October 15, 2008

The new “36 layouts that pass the squint test” – version 2.0, with SmartArt

In Office 2007,
Microsoft introduced its
SmartArt feature. According
to Microsoft,
SmartArt graphic provides a
visual representation of information so that you can
more effectively communicate your
message. Each graphic represents a different concept or idea, such as a process
flow, an organization hierarchy, a relationship, and so

Several of the
original Extreme Presentation layouts are included in the current set of
SmartArt designs.  This version (2.0) of the layouts now
includes those designs or adaptations of them.  We are working with Microsoft on future developments of the
SmartArt feature, and as new
designs are released we will incorporate them in new versions of the Extreme
Presentation layouts.

Download slide_templates_2-0.pptx.   

If you’re having trouble, try downloading this zipped version


12 Responses to The new “36 layouts that pass the squint test” – version 2.0, with SmartArt

  1. MZH says:

    The download file (slide_templates_20.pptx.zip) does not have a .ppt, .pptx or .pot; I wish there were instructions on how to load these Extreme Presentation layouts into PowerPoint 2007.

  2. Andrew says:

    I’m not sure why your computer downloads the file as a .zip file. The file is saved here as a .pptx file. Try downloading it again. If it still downloads as a .zip file, try unzipping it. Then you’ll have a .pptx file with the 36 layouts in it.

  3. Werner says:

    It would be nice to get these templates for Macintosh keynote. Using a Mac is step 0 of improving your presentation style!

  4. Jeff says:

    Hi; everything I see in this download is an XML file. Any thoughts on how to get it into more usable pptx format? thanks!

  5. Andrew Abela says:

    Jeff – I’ve uploaded a zipped version; trying downloading that and unzipping.

  6. Martha Breil says:

    From the 36 layouts download, I’m trying to use the slide for Improvement Steps in 2002 and it’s appearing as a picture that I can’t format. Is this a result of my version of ppt?

  7. Andrew Abela says:

    If you’re not using PowerPoint 2007, be sure to use the original file, version 1.0, which you can find here:

  8. Theo Theo says:

    These are great but would be better if there were actuall examples fo when to you use the templates i.e actual examples from real business presentations

  9. Andrew Abela says:

    Theo – you’re right. We’re actually working on that, and hope to have something this summer.

  10. Nursing top says:

    i am using office 2007. is there any way we could have a powerpoint for this?

  11. AdamV says:

    If you download an Office 2007 Open XML file eg .docx .pptx .xlsx etc, and your OS ‘converts’ this to a zip file, this is just because it recognises that it is in fact a zip file format.
    Some AV programs do this too, to try and help you by making sure you don’t have a file of one type that you think is another.
    Simply renaming the file from .zip to .pptx (or whatever is appropriate) will do the trick. You may have to configure Windows Explorer to show file extensions to make this easier.
    Hope this helps everyone

  12. Andrew Abela says:

    Thanks Adam – I think this clarifies things.

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