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Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 11 review

Greeting Card Factory Deluxe lets you craft beautiful cards, easily edit photos and upload your creations to Facebook.

Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 11 review

Our Verdict

Greeting Card Factory 11 is simple to use and actually quite fun. The problem is that it's painfully old, and better card makers have long since passed it.

For

  • The software is easy to navigate and adding text or graphics is effortless.

Against

  • You are unable to add sounds or music for eCards.

Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 11 card-making software is easy to navigate compared to other applications. You can select from thousands of premade cards or completely design your own. GCFD11 makes sending thanks or good wishes trouble-free via email, snail mail or Facebook. You can create holiday cards, thank you cards, party invites, baby announcements and so much more for your friends and loved ones. It doesn't make our list of the best greeting card software options, because it is old and has been bettered by other apps.

The best card-making software typically have more features and options than you could ever use, and Greeting Card Factory Deluxe is no exception. It's fun to select from more than 26,500 templates and 94,000 graphics. No two cards are the same – unless you create one you are fond of – then you have the option to save it for future use. You also have the option to start completely from scratch if your creativity exceeds the available templates.

From the blank template selection screen, you can choose the size and direction of the fold or select from postcards and pop-up designs as well. Unfortunately, this application lacks the ability to create an eCard that can be enhanced by sound and music.

Photo editing with this greeting card maker is a breeze. You can upload any photo from your library, then crop, flip, fix red eye, enhance the color and more. Customizing your text is also just as easy. It's easy to change your text's color, size or position or add special effects, just like inside any word processor. There are over 1,200 fonts to choose from. All the text-editing options are located inside the same pop-up box, so you don't have to search for features.

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The software's site takes you through the creative and printing processes step by step.

The software's site takes you through the creative and printing processes step by step.
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Clip art often enhances greeting card templates.

Clip art often enhances greeting card templates.
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After your project is complete, you can burn it to a disc.

After your project is complete, you can burn it to a disc.
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The clip art includes images of fun objects and peaceful nature scenes.

The clip art includes images of fun objects and peaceful nature scenes.
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You can edit the many fonts to include shadows and curves.

You can edit the many fonts to include shadows and curves.
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The ability to removing red eye makes your family pictures much more visually pleasing.

The ability to removing red eye makes your family pictures much more visually pleasing.
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Greeting Card Factory's editing tools allow you to correct photographic flaws like a too-dark shadow.

Greeting Card Factory's editing tools allow you to correct photographic flaws like a too-dark shadow.
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You can change photos from one shape to another.

You can change photos from one shape to another.
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The image library includes photographic images of objects.

The image library includes photographic images of objects.
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You can either buy Greeting Card Factory Deluxe as a physical copy or download it onto your computer from the manufacturer's site.

You can either buy Greeting Card Factory Deluxe as a physical copy or download it onto your computer from the manufacturer's site.
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Greeting card themes include common birthday settings and specialized ones for holidays like Kwanzaa.

Greeting card themes include common birthday settings and specialized ones for holidays like Kwanzaa.
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Projects include calendars and labels for discs.

Projects include calendars and labels for discs.
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The manufacturer's website contains a knowledgebase that covers installation, general use and printing information.

The manufacturer's website contains a knowledgebase that covers installation, general use and printing information.
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You can post questions about any aspect of the software on Nova Development's website.

You can post questions about any aspect of the software on Nova Development's website.
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There is a search engine on the software's website that can bring up pictures and information about templates, clip art and other software features.

There is a search engine on the software's website that can bring up pictures and information about templates, clip art and other software features.
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You can reach Nova Development's representatives 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, but phone support costs extra.

You can reach Nova Development's representatives 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, but phone support costs extra.
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If you want direct service, one of the fastest options for support is live chat.

If you want direct service, one of the fastest options for support is live chat.
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The product feedback feature connects you with the manufacturer.

The product feedback feature connects you with the manufacturer.
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The quickest way to find out about software updates is signing up for the mailing list.

The quickest way to find out about software updates is signing up for the mailing list.

The navigation of this software is very similar to that of Office products, so it can take little time for you to learn how to make greeting cards. You can easily find out how to insert objects from the left sidebar and change color and text features in the right sidebar. Printing and arranging controls are along the top bar. You can drag and drop, double-click and highlight to get most of your projects done in a snap.

Sharing your personalized greeting cards is fun and effortless. It's easy to post your creations to Facebook from the left sidebar at any time. You can also save your work as JPEG files so you can email or print your handmade birthday cards at your convenience.

Should you encounter troubles, you can check the user manual that comes with this card-making software, and you can access FAQs and a user forum on the website as well. You can contact Nova, the manufacturer, with questions through email or via live chat. Unfortunately, if you prefer help via the phone, you will need to buy a phone support code before calling, which cost $9.99 for one code and $19.99 for three.

Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 10 provides a fun way to experiment with different styles so you can construct homemade greeting cards that are exactly what you want. It really does take just a few clicks of the mouse to make a colorful and personalized card. However, in this wired era, it cannot be a first-rate greeting card maker without the sound- and music-enhanced eCard option.