I dig Apple’s iWork very much. I do just about all my word processing in Pages as well as laying out newsletters, brochures and other print documents for my semi-day job with it. One of the great things about iWork is all the cool templates that come with it. The templates in both Pages and Keynote are really great jumping off points for coming up with unique designs of your own.
My one frustration with iWork though has been that I couldn’t figure out how to access the master list of all the available graphics and clipart that come with the various templates. Yeah I guess you could open up every single template and then drag whatever graphics you want into the document you’re working on but no one in their right mind is going to do that.
There isn’t an obvious folder where these files are stored, nor do the individual image files have logical names that you can search for and last but not least Google failed me when I queried about finding these files. So today I spent some time monkeying around my hard drive and finally found the goldmine. Now I have access to all the template images that come with Pages & Keynote so I can easily find and use them in whatever template I choose, instead of just the one that they are natively associated with.
Since I couldn’t easily find the info to do this on the interwebs I thought I’d post the instructions to possibly help other people who would perhaps like to do the same.
1. Open your Applications folder
2. Open iWork folder (I have both iWork 08 and iWork 09 on my system but for this process iWork 09 is what I was using).
3. Right click on Pages and choose “Show Package Contents” (note that you will have to repeat this procedure for Keynote. The image files for the two sets of templates are not in the same location).
5. Navigate as follows: Contents -> Resources -> Templates -> Shared
That’s it. In the “Shared” folder you’ll find all the images that are used in Pages templates.