PROS / The selection of templates and graphics is impressive.
CONS / There is no automatic photo-placement tool.
VERDICT / Scrapbook Factory Deluxe is easy to use and has plenty of options for creating attractive scrapbooking layouts and to easily create designs, but the limited design options will restrict how personal you can make it.
Scrapbook Factory Deluxe gives you access to thousands of project templates, fonts and clipart images, and it includes easy-to-use photo editing tools. It is also one of the few scrapbook programs we reviewed that comes with a spell-checker. This product has plenty of fonts, graphics and templates, though some of them may feel a little dated. It also lacks a tool for automatically placing photos but you may prefer placing each one anyway.
Nonetheless, this digital scrapbooking software does offer some flexibility. It is organized to be intuitive with a simple drag-and-drop design. When you open the software you can open a tutorial and nice selection of templates with a single button click from the main screen. Beginning and experienced scrapbookers will be able to use the software without a problem. With many templates and automated features, the learning curve for using the advanced tools is quite short.
Creating your own designs from scratch is fairly intuitive. And if you're stumped for ideas, there are nearly 3,000 templates that come with this software. If you don't know what to put in your project next, you can pick from thousands of included graphics. You don't have to download anything or sign up for any memberships, as you do with many scrapbooking programs. All of these features are included when you install this electronic scrapbook software. There are enough template and graphic options that you should be able to customize them in a way that reflects your personality, but if you can’t find a template that suits your fancy, creating your own designs from scratch is easy.
You can import images from digital cameras, CDs or scanners easily – with just a few clicks. Choosing the right photo from the imported file is simple since Scrapbook Factory Deluxe shows a thumbnail view of each photo in your files. The design options are somewhat limited, however. There are no brushes if you want to add creative design elements to your project. This program doesn’t give you the option of adding pages of varying sizes to your design. This can come in handy if you want to add a larger page into a design for effect. With that said, it does have most tools you need to create attractive, basic designs.
The photo editing tools rival those found in basic photo editing applications and are far easier to use. Features of this software include light and color contrast editing, red-eye removal, photo flaw repair, cropping, flipping, rotating and resizing. This photo scrapbooking software offers generous page-setup options; the variety of sizes and orientations should fit any scrapbook plan. It allows you to add sound files to your scrapbooking projects and comes with an assortment of audio files.
Art Explosion Scrapbook Factory Deluxe allows you to share finished scrapbook projects in many ways, including web photo galleries, scrapbook slideshows, PDF files or on CD, all for convenient viewing. You are on your own if you decide to print your project, though. Some comparable applications partner with professional printing services, but with this scrapbooking software, it is up to you, which is fine if you have a good printer.
The tutorials in Scrapbook Factory Deluxe are top-notch, covering everything from editing and formatting to creating a web-based project. The website offers FAQs, email help and a scrapbook idea gallery where customers can post scrapbook pages.
Scrapbook Factory Deluxe is equipped with a lot of great features like an impressive template library and user-friendly interface. This digital scrapbooking software does not have every feature we like, including an auto-placement option, but it offers a good selection of scrapbooking tools. This software offers premium photo editing features, an impressive variety of templates and images, and a spell-checker.