Startup targets design-challenged with presentation templates

Care more about the message than the medium? Slidevana offers PowerPoint and Keynote templates that spruce up your content.

As a small-business owner, you doubtless have plenty to say -- about your company, products, services and so forth. But you also don't have very much time to fiddle with presentation slides, nor is it likely that you have a presentation guru who can create all the PowerPoint or Keynote files you need.

That's a dilemma, since limited patience spans and our love of photos and videos have made the visual layout of messaging more critical than ever.

Enter Slidevana, a company that has created 150 templates that you can use with either PowerPoint or Keynote. The software is targeted at small-business owners that want to focus on their story, rather than "pushing around pixels in presentation software," said Ravi Mehta, the Boston entrepreneur who came up with idea.

You can even author your presentation using an Apple iPhone or iPad; and mess with color schemes.

This is an old-style sort of software: you pay $69 to download a perpetual license of the templates that lets you use any of them that you'd like with either PowerPoint or Keynote; you can pay $99 to get templates that work with both presentation applications.

That fee will entitle you to new templates as they are added to the gallery, Mehta said.