If you’re looking at either our G-Tools or YOUtools products, you may be asking yourself “which one should I buy?”
G-Tools was our first “Design Studio” add-in for PowerPoint. With Microsoft’s recent extended support for add-ins that run within PowerPoint:mac 2016 (as opposed to the new web-hosted Office add-ins), we decided to build a new product. As a result, we’re currently phasing out development and support for G-Tools. If you are an existing G-Tools license, you can continue to use the product indefinitely but we will not be providing new Microsoft Office compatibility releases as of the end of July 2018.
Our new design studio tools product is called YOUtools and it runs on both PC and Mac* versions of PowerPoint 2016 onwards.
We will continue to transfer features from G-Tools to YOUtools that can be supported on PC or Mac or both. Some won’t make it. For example, Microsoft have ended support for Flash and disabled it in Office 365 as of May 2018 so the Insert Vimeo feature that’s available in G-Tools will be recalled. EPS graphics support has also been withdrawn by Microsoft from all Office 365 applications due to security concerns. For these reasons, G-Tools will no longer be made available for sale.
What’s better in YOUtools?
- It runs on PC and Mac*
- We’re redesigning and improving features as we transfer them from G-Tools. For example, the Guides Layout feature is now amazing!
- It’s cheaper than G-Tools
- We’ll be offering a low cost one-time license plus a subscription license which gives you access to updates
So if you see a feature in G-Tools that’s not yet in YOUtools, let us know. Otherwise, buy YOUtools.
*Not all features that run on YOUtools when installed on a PC are available when installed on a Mac, for example, Guide Layouts are not supported on Mac (due to Microsoft not opening up the programming interfaces we need).