Pros / It’s an inexpensive program.
Cons / The program only includes the most basic features greeting card software needs.
Verdict / If you want to make traditional folding cards and don’t mind uploading your own graphics, Greeting Box for Mac could be a good fit.
Greeting Box for Mac is a stripped-down program that only has basic tools and a few templates and graphics. The program comes with templates for the major holidays and events like births, weddings and anniversaries, but in total, there are only 110 predesigned cards. Compared with the 50,000+ that come with our top pick, Canva, that’s a paltry amount. The same goes for its graphics library. Although you can purchase additional images for about $3.00 a bundle, the program comes with just around 500 graphics.
This lack of images is only kind of a drawback, partly because we didn’t find the included images, backgrounds and clip art to be all that attractive or on-trend. The good news is the images are high resolution, so you can resize them without unsightly pixelation – though, they did sort of fray at the edges when we made them very large. Because it has few graphics and they are lower quality, we only recommend Greeting Box if you intend to create your own graphics to import into the software.
Even then, the program’s limited editing tools makes creating cards from the ground up harder than it needs to be. The program isn’t overly complicated – there are only a few small icons on the main project page. You can change out the background and insert photos, frames and clip art. Once you select what you want to insert, you can rotate, crop or layer the images to create your design. Greeting Box doesn’t include color controls or filters like other programs, including Hallmark Card Studio, do.
Just as its editing tools and graphics are limited, Greeting Box’s sharing options aren’t anything special. You can download your projects as different file types, including JPEG and GIF, but you can’t share your work to the web directly from the program.
Because the software is so simple, it isn’t surprising it comes with limited support. The Help & Support page has links to very basic descriptions of program functions, and that’s about it. You can’t call or live chat with a company representative, though you can email the developer.
- Number of Templates
- Number of Graphics
At only $9.99, Greeting Box is very inexpensive compared to some of the other software we reviewed. However, Canva, our favorite greeting card design program, has a free version with more templates and more stylish clip art. If you want to create traditional and multi-fold cards and plan to use your own design work, Greeting Box’s basic tools may make it a good fit.