think-cell 10 now runs on macOS

Berlin, May 3, 2019

On May 3rd, think-cell, the leading provider of productivity software for Microsoft PowerPoint users, proudly announced that it has launched think-cell 10, the first version of its signature software that empowers macOS users to create PowerPoint presentations with stunning charts and layouts in minutes.

"Today's knowledge workers and presentation professionals are at home both on macOS and Windows, and we now support our users on both of their favorite platforms," said Markus Hannebauer, think-cell co-founder and CEO. "In addition to supporting macOS, think-cell 10 comes in a fresh new look and brings many valuable new features."

"Porting a complex Windows Office add-in to Office for Mac is a really challenging task and required years of development", said Arno Schödl, co-founder and CTO at think-cell. "We are extremely proud to have done just that without sacrificing functionality, allowing users to focus on communicating and implementing recommendations instead of pushing around shapes on macOS as well as on Windows."

Now on macOS

After several years of development, we have achieved what no other company has done before – we have ported a complex Windows Office add-in to Office for Mac without sacrificing functionality! Your license for think-cell on Windows is also valid for macOS. think-cell 10 works with Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac version 16.9 or later, running on OS X Yosemite (10.10) or later.

With think-cell 10, you can now choose your favorite working environment and have the same great user experience. The interface is exactly the same and all features are available.

User Interface

With think-cell now branching across multiple platforms we took the opportunity to refresh the user interface. Icons in the Elements menu and context menu have a fresh new look.

Context toolbar with row of chart type icons.

With one click, you can change the chart type from this row of icons.

Context toolbar with row of chart type icons.

In the Data Links dialog you can now also easily select all charts linked to a specific Excel source file, and update them with one click (see 21.6 Data Links dialog).

Data Links dialog.

New buttons in the contextual toolbar help you easily update and revert, as well as switch to automatic updates for a chart.

Context toolbar with row of excel link icons.

Selecting a series in the legend of a scatter or bubble chart highlights all points or bubbles of the series.

Bubble chart with one series highlighted.

Same scale and axes

Setting charts to the same scale is now persistent. If the scale changes in one chart, all charts with the same scale will be updated. You can set charts to the same scale even when their axes are not displayed (see 8.1.4 Same scale).

Using the same scale for multiple charts also works with axis breaks. Setting the same scale does not remove existing breaks, and adding an axis break to one chart will automatically add it to other charts using the same scale.

Two charts set to the same scale with an axis break.

The X axes can also be set to same scale if they are value-based or date-based. For example, you can easily set two line charts to show the same years, even when the date range covered by the data is different (see 8.1.4 Same scale).

Two line charts set to the same scale.

Scatter and bubble charts now support same scale. You independently choose whether the X- or Y-axis should use the same scale.

Two scatter charts set to the same scale.

Value axes support a reversed axis. Scatter and bubble charts support a numerically reversed axis. Column, clustered and area charts simply flip the chart. In a line chart with two axes, you can set one to a reversed order to highlight negative correlations (see ).

Line chart with one reversed axis.

Save and send slides

On Windows, you can use Gmail when sending slides instead of Outlook. To enable this, you set "think-cell Send with Gmail" as the default email program (see 20.5 Sending and saving slides).

Default progams dialog with think-cell Send With Gmail selected.

The "Save Slides..." command uses a dialog which includes your Quick Access folders. At the bottom of the dialog, you can choose which slides to include and whether date and time should be added to the filename.

Save slides dialog with options to choose included slides and append date and time to filename.

When using "Save Slides..." and "Send Slides...", the filename better represents your choices: If you choose to send the entire presentation, for example, the file name does not contain slides numbers.

Color and style

The font color of text in labels can be chosen and is not reset, even if the label background changes (see 6.5.2 Font color).

Chart with colored labels and font color control.

The Load Style File command makes it easy to load previously used and default style files. Initially, it contains all styles included with think-cell for easy selection.

List of recently used files for Load Style File command.

The color scheme for new charts is always taken from the think-cell style. The most recently used color scheme is now irrelevant when inserting a new chart. You can use a style file to set your preferred color scheme as the default (see C. Customizing think-cell).

Chart decorations

In the scatter chart, trendlines based on a power law, exponential or logarithmic relationship can be fitted to your data (see 12.4.1 Trendline).

Scatter chart with power law trendline and trendline type control.

You can represent the numerical scale of your chart with only gridlines instead of an axis line, instead of showing both (see 8.1.1 Value axis).

Stacked chart with gridlines and axis handles.


Create slides with text content based on JSON input while using the full power and flexibility of smart text fields. The new named text fields serve as placeholders in your automation templates (see 24. Introduction to automation).

Named Text Field element in Elements menu.

About think-cell

Founded in Berlin in 2002, think-cell is the de facto standard for creating professional presentations in PowerPoint. With productivity tools and support for 40+ chart types, all of the top 10 global consulting firms rely on think-cell. It is the software of choice for the DAX 40 and Fortune 500 companies and is taught at 9 of the top 10 US business schools.