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Art Explosion Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 5.0 [Old Version]

by Nova Development US
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)


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Product Features

  • Greeting card software built on robust graphics engine
  • 20,000+ exclusive greeting cards and customizable projects
  • 85,000+ graphics with no downloading required; 700+ fonts
  • New 4x8 photo-card projects; new interface; photo-realistic graphics
  • Sophisticated drawing tools; gradient support; unparalleled text effects

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000B5UGEO
  • Item model number: RAW
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 21, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,894 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Now you can personalize and send the very best store-bought greeting cards with just one software product. This new version of Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 5.0 has everything you need. It’s the ultimate collection of absolutely charming cards, featuring beautiful graphics and heartfelt sentiments sure to express your innermost feelings every time. Because Greeting Card Factory products are the only software products among leading print creativity titles to be built on a robust graphics engine, you can achieve results never before possible. Included are sophisticated drawing tools, gradient and transparency support, unparalleled text effects, and much more. What’s more, Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 5.0 offers the biggest selection of store-quality greeting cards of any product in the category, as well as an unprecedented number of premium-quality graphics. And now, Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 5.0 includes even more impressive capabilities than ever with brand-new 4x8 photo-card projects, a new interface, and photo-realistic graphics.

Product Description

This new version of Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 5.0 has everything you need. It’s the ultimate collection of absolutely charming cards, featuring beautiful graphics and heartfelt sentiments sure to express your innermost feelings every time.

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81 of 81 people found the following review helpful
If you decide to buy a current greeting card program, there are really only two front-line choices: Art Explosion Greeting Card Factory (currently version 5) or Hallmark Card Studio (currently 2006). There are other programs available specifically for creating cards, but most of them are low quality and outdated, and aren't really worth considering. (A competitive third product featuring American Greetings designs is sadly now long outdated).

So how do these two products match up? Without a question, if you are looking for quality "canned" cards, the Hallmark program wins. The Hallmark designs are professional, and are equal in quality to cards you would purchase in a store. In contrast, the designs in Art Explosion are adequate but surely NOT up to the quality of a store-bought card. The Hallmark program is also able to simply and correctly print to several different types of card store (although you are stuck with the choices pre-programmed into the software unless you want much frustration). The Art Explosion does a poorer job of correctly and simply printing to a variety of card stock and configurations.

Art Explosion beats the Hallmark program in editing options (more extensive), and in the amount of additional art (clipart, etc.) included with the package.

If you do not plan to use the "canned" cards, then I would recommend Art Explosion. But the average user will likely appreciate the professional, high quality cards in the Hallmark package. Personally, I consider the choice of the Hallmark package over Art Explosion a no brainer.

A note on versions: The publisher comes out with a new version of the Hallmark program every year (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, etc.) and the same is true for Art Explosion Greeting Card Factory.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Text Editing Magic November 27, 2006
This is the third Art Explosion product I've owned. I agree with the user who said the "canned" cards could be better, but if you're a user like me who likes to design your own projects, this is a fantastic program. It doesn't make me feel like I'm locked into presets with my hands tied, banging against a program that's not as imaginative as I am.

It's got lots of art, finally searchable in this version! The best of it loads to your hard drive, the rest is available on the disks. The art is divided into vector and raster images, one being "fine art" and the other clip art. Also, there are photographs and the ability to import your own graphics and photos. You can tint, fade, control transparency, crop, draw, even freehand...just great versitility. There's even a sentiment library to provide you with words for your occasion.

I've NEVER seen a program that has better text editing. There are preset galleries to automatically affect your text, or you can make your own using drop shadow, line and character spacing, fill with texture, three different controlable gradients, two shaping option dropdowns...it's just about limitless.

And it's so much more than cards! There are 15 major menu choices that proceed to the subfolders of choices for projects, both preset and blanks. I used the preformatted web slide shows to put together our family photo greeting for the holidays, again, easy and versitile and not a glitch in the web experience.

If there's one drawback I'd like to see Art Explosion improve on, it's the font selection process. It comes with a lot of fonts, but with no viewer or way to make a selection of which ones you want to install except to tediously wade through folder after folder of alphabetized font files, opening them to the famous "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." Other than that, this software's nearly perfect and only as limited as you are.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed February 27, 2006
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I use Hallmark Card Studio and only ordered Art Explosion to expand on my choice of greeting card templates. I will admit that Art Explosion does have a large choice of templates but the quality and sentiment expression of their card slection doesn't even approach the selection offered by Hallmark Card Studio. Art Explosion seems to have a large assortment of clip art type cards while Hallmark has a better assortment of photo type cards with traditional greeting card sentiments. I was very disappointed with my purchase and find myself using Hallmark almost exclusively with only occasional usage of Art Explosion.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good except for one glitch December 22, 2006
By Sharonf
I have used Greeting Card Factory Deluxe for quite awhile and just upgraded to 5.0. I frequently like to send electronic greetings and have done so with no problems in the previous version. In 5.0 I went to a lot of trouble to design my own electronic greeting but when I went to send it there was no option to do so. The instructions say that the option to send such a greeting is under the file menu as it was in previous versions. However, it isn't there. It isn't just greyed out. It isn't there at all. This is a disappointment to me.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Customer NO-Service Makes this a DON'T BUY August 12, 2006
The product would hang my entire machine when I tried to install. Always hung after insertion of disc 2. Couldn't even get customer no-service to consider the fact that the product disc may be defective. Very hard to even get a response to my requests. Consider another product....there are many out there.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greeting Card Design November 5, 2006
By K. Ward
This is an outstanding software package for making cards. I have been designing cards for a number of years using another popular product. But I needed a new, upgrade program. This has so many improvements over my old software, it's so much more fun to do cards. It is easy and fast. There is an abundant assortment of art at your fingertips. It has a huge file of sentiments. The most flexible software I've seen. My only negative comment is I'm still waiting for my rebate - over 2-1/2 months now. I would select this over my other two packages in a minute. Importing is also very easy and changing the premades is a piece of cake.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Poor Man's Substitute 4 Photoshop, LOL!
I can't improve on what a lot of other fans have said here, but I wanted to add that this program is SUPER for making mandalas, using the 8-wedge template at the online tutorial @... Read more
Published 13 months ago by amlieithog
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
I have been designing cards for over 10 years. I have a MAC now and can't use this program. I really miss it and I think this is the best out there!
Published on December 26, 2010 by Ellen Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars good program
I was pleasantly pleased with this program. It has everything you need on your computer. I have been trying to find one like this for quite a time. Read more
Published on December 21, 2010 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
I haven't used this product much at all. This is probably very nce for those who simply want a quick card without having to go to the store. Read more
Published on July 29, 2010 by Elle
4.0 out of 5 stars Greeting Cards are Fun to Make!!
This is an excellent line to make your own cards. Far superior to Hallmark and the
other ones out there. I have Greeting Card Factory #4 and simply LOVE it. Read more
Published on January 30, 2010 by Dee Kolesar
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
My family likes cards. I like having an easy to use card software so I can make what I need when I need it. Read more
Published on June 17, 2009 by Blake A.
4.0 out of 5 stars easy to use
As the other reviews stated, this product is excellent for creating your own cards. The finished product does not mimic a store-bought card, but I didn't expect it to. Read more
Published on March 5, 2009 by Ann Fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal!
I love making my own cards & personalizing them. I was disappointed when my American Greeting card program quit working and found they no longer made it. Read more
Published on November 29, 2007 by Darrell Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Art Explosion Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 5.0
This product is amazing! I have been using it steadily since the day it arrived and my friends and co-workers can't believe it when I show them the finished products. Read more
Published on June 26, 2007 by J. Schwab
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Great
Very pleased with the program. It was quick and easy to install, and after just a few minutes I was able to print out my first card. Read more
Published on May 28, 2007 by Linda M. Contrino
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