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Installation 8.9
Ease of use 8.5
Usefulness 8.5
Value 8.8
Distributor: Mindscape
Review Date:
February 2008
Reviewer:
Kyle Sudukis

8.8


PrintMaster Version 18 Platinum

The PrintMaster range of software is almost synonymous with scrapbooking which has been around for almost 20 years. Definitely a long time in the world of computing. This current incarnation once again allows users to preserve their precious memories and add some flare to their photos in this easy to use software bundle

Inspiring Templates & Images

  • More than 21,000 Design Templates across hundreds of occasions & holidays

  • Over 305,000 images including:
    - Photos & Photo Objects
    - Illustrations & Fine Art
    - Editable WMF's
    - Frames & Borders

The retail box of PrintMaster Version 18 Platinum is huge as are the contents of this amazing package. Not that I have counted them but the program offers the user over 1,305,000 images, 21,000 templates, 600 fonts and 4,500 sentiments, making this one of the most definitive scrapbooking programs to date, whether in the printed or digital format.

The program installed flawlessly on our Vista machine without any issues whatsoever which is a definite bonus. I must admit that the installation process on our test machine was quite a lengthy process. Once installed, the user is then greeted to an extremely user friendly interface that all users should have no issues whatsoever.

The downside of PrintMaster Version 18 Platinum is that the user will need to have internet access (not that this is an issue in the 21st century) as some of features of this program, similar to the Microsoft's online clipart library are only available online. This is also reliant on your internet connection, so we would definitely recommend a broadband connection.

The program is not just a scrapbooking program but also allows you to adjust photos such as remove redeye and address a variety of colouring options on the photos with just a click on the mouse button. It's quite easy to use, one click and the photo was sharpened, another click and we created a quality black and white photos.

PrintMaster Version 18 Platinum has no boundaries which is only limited by the users imagination and whether you are creating an online scrapbook, greeting cards or other stationary, this program will definitely be a hit to those that cannot get enough of arts and crafts. Best of all, it's a true money saver and will allow you to create cherished memories that is only held back by your imagination.

Photo Editing & Enhancements:

  • All the basic tools you'll need to make your photos look great...
    - Red-eye Removal
    - Resizing
    - Crop
    - Sharpen & Focus
    And then some:
    - Advanced Colour Filters
    - Photo & Area Affects
    - Colourisation & Black&White
    - Cloning Repair Tool
    - Stamps

  • Creativity Tools:
    Drawing Tools
    - Shapes
    - Lines & Outlines
    - Advanced Drawing Editor
    - BorderPlus border
    - Backgrounds, Fills & Textures
    - Tables & Charts

  • Text Tools
    - Over 600 Fonts, Headline Styles & Sentiments
    - Custom Headline Creator
    - Text-in-Shape Tools
    - Decorative Letters & Numbers
    - Spell-Check

  • Layout Tools
    - Colour Sets & Custom Palettes
    - Alignment & Layering Tools
    - Rulers & Guides

  • Advanced Event Features:
    Address Book & Mail Merge Functionality
    Event Reminders
    Party Set Creator Wizard
    - Matching

  • Great Bonuses!
    Million Image Club - Free subscription the Million Image Club gives you access to 1 million more images for up to 12 months!
    PrintMaster Scrapbook Creator - A specialty application focused entirely on helping you create Scrapbook pages with a unique set of creative tools to expand your PrintMaster experience.
    Arcsoft PhotoBase® - A complete multimedia manager that allows you helps you keep track of all your media files and more. Use PhotoBase to view, edit and print your photos and to create slideshows, HTML albums and more.
    Arcsoft Photo FunHouse - A fun & simple-to-use photo application that allows you to create hilarious 'fantasy' pictures featuring faces from your photos in whacky, fun backgrounds and scenes.






 
 



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