Developer: Jumsoft
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad

iPad Integration Rating: ★★★☆☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★☆☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★★

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Pages is one of the most useful apps available for the iPad. I’ve made business cards, written papers, made up invitations and more on my iPad because of Pages’ versatility. Inspiration Set is a companion app to Pages that adds more templates to the few that come with Pages.

Inspiration Set comes with 50 templates that can be opened in Pages and modified as needed. I was impressed by the various brochure templates as well as the newsletter template. Both looked professional. Other types of templates range from invitations and envelopes to award certificates and invoices.

While only the first page of the template is visible within the app, some have multiple pages when opened in Pages. From the few I played with, the newsletter has multiple pages (with different but matching designs) and the brochures have second pages (for the back sides). So in a way, there are more than 50 templates to work with.

The templates aren’t set in stone pieces of work. Pictures can be swapped out for other pictures, colors can be changed, and text can be changed (obviously). If someone wanted to get creative, they could start from one of these templates and completely change it into something else.

Jumsoft, the developers of Inspiration Set, is selling even more templates for the Mac version of Pages. I mention this because if the 50 aren’t enough, there seem to be even more templates available in the Mac version (for $19.99). I imagine it would be easy to upload those templates as Pages files to something like Dropbox and open them in Pages for the iPad.

The only problem I ran into with Inspiration Set was with the app itself, not the templates. The app is just a gallery of the templates with no organization other than the templates being in alphabetical order. A menu with a choice of template type would have been cleaner. Also, when scrolling through the app, it would freeze and skip occasionally. I assume that the high quality of the templates all being loaded onto one screen is a little too much for the iPad. The proposed menu would solve that little problem (as would uploading lower resolution thumbnails).

For $1.99, there’s no reason not to get Inspiration Set if Pages is a frequently used app. Just think of it as Pages Deluxe for $11.98 instead of $9.99.

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