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PrintMaster Platinum 2012 Review

PROS / Unique features like project check and photo templates make this greeting card maker fun and easy to use.

CONS / You can't share your cards online to sites like Facebook or YouTube with music or sound.

 VERDICT / The well-designed graphics and fun features make PrintMaster Platinum one of the best applications.

Editor's note: A newer version of this product is available. The manufacturer lists the new version as offering the following features: 10,000 new royalty-free images, an improved interface, better text control tools and more. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version of this product when we next update the Greeting Card Software site.

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PrintMaster Platinum inspires creativity and helps you send greetings to everyone you know for any occasion. You can use any of the hundreds of features to spruce up your old photos or add zest to your cards. If you find greeting card software hard to navigate, try PrintMaster Platinum. You can easily change styles and add elements a number of different ways.

  1. The number of card and project templates contained in each application.
    More is better.
  2. 7 PrintMaster Platinum
    3500 Templates
  3. 28000 Templates
  4. 15000 Templates
  5. 16700 Templates
  6. Category Average
    10740.00 Templates

The feature set in this card making software is extensive, making PrintMaster Platinum one of the best greeting card makers. You have the choice between blank templates or 3,500 pre-made templates and 150,000 modern graphics and images to add to your personalized card.

When adding photos, you can drag and drop them, insert them from a sidebar or add a special photo layout background, which positions multiple photos attractively on your card for you. Something unique about this card design software is an overall project checker in addition to the spell check feature. When you run the project checker, a report tells you if there are any problems, which fonts you used, if there are any spelling errors, and it shows you a preview of your card.

It is easy and fast to edit text: An eyedropper tool makes changing the color a snap, and you can quickly change the size, opacity, alignment or add a drop shadow in seconds. The choice among more than 600 fonts also helps you match the text to the design of your card effortlessly. You can also make your text run along a shape such as a circle or the corner of a picture. Picture editing in this greeting card maker is relaxed as well. You can quickly crop, fix red-eye, rotate, add special effects and more to your photographs in just a matter of minutes.

In PrintMaster Platinum, the entire card-building process is both intuitive and fun, and even if you are new to this, it is easy to learn how to make greeting cards. The layout feels very natural, and you can either drag and drop content or double-click to change – sometimes it's one or the other, however.

You can even save your cards in JPEG format so you can print it out or email at your leisure. This card-printing software, however, doesn't support sound or music; another small problem we discovered was that general keyboard shortcuts aren't compatible. You have to right-click or find the icon to zoom, delete or paste.

Inside the program, tutorials, manuals and a great search feature direct you on making stylish homemade greeting cards. You can search the manual right inside the program. Topics are easy to find from the index, or you can search for keywords to find instructions, tutorials and specific help.

From the Broderbund website, you can submit a customer support request or contact representatives by phone or email. Extensive FAQs and technical support solutions are also available for easy access. However, you do not get a live chat feature, which is unfortunate since it is such an easy and quick way to get information.

Summary

PrintMaster Platinum is simple to use for creating custom greeting cards that can look better than generic cards picked from a store rack. This greeting card software guides you smoothly through the process of designing cards worthy of any occasion. PrintMaster Platinum is full of tools and features that can aid and inspire you to make beautiful, unique greeting cards that showcase your creativity.

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