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Caution: Don't Invest Yet
on August 2, 2010
After using Hallmark card studio for many years on the PC, I was excited to learn they manufactured a version for the Mac. Disappointment soon followed. They just issued a patch to correct the scrambling of the words & letters on the greeting cards. With that fixed the greeting cards are okay until you print them out. Printing is a hassle when as stated by another consumer, you can't tell if you are printing a half or quarter fold size until print is selected. Irritating not knowing what size card you are working with until the final step.
Printing envelopes can be a challenge. It took me 4 tries to print a half fold card correctly. Selecting a blank half fold envelope is the easy part as the description underneath each type of envelope is clearly stated. Printing is a whole other story. From my computer I had to change some settings in the print box area and then had to change other settings from my printer. After 2 different attempts, 4 tries each, I finally was able to have the address, return address, and graphics laid out properly. Save the envelope for future use.
Projects: Calendars: sad, very sad. There are only 2 pre-designed calendars to choose from. You are not able to change the checkered board color all at the same time as you are with the PC version. You can only change one color box at a time; again, very time consuming. You are not able to expand the calendar grid area to fill the entire page, you're stuck with the initial layout. The Blank version of the calendar is okay except for the fact it does not have checker board squares around each individual date like most calendars do and this can not be added in any way. If lines are not an issue for you, you will like the blank calendar. There are no "mini calendars" (month before & month after present month) to insert either.
The Hallmark home page states the software having "Exclusive Hallmark Fonts & Sentiments." As per past versions you are able to add a selected sentiment to a blank card or change the one in a pre-designed card. Not with this version. There are no grouped (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) sentiments to select from to add to a card or any other project. A major disappointment. The home page has since been corrected and now states: "Exclusive Hallmark Fonts." Hallmark indicated to me that they were not looking to duplicate the PC version for the Mac, but produced a unique Card Studio software for the Mac...first attempt has failed.
The Hallmark fonts, which are many, are displayed in a drop down menu all in one font. You have to apply the selected font to the card or project before you know how it looks. It would of been nice if Hallmark would of displayed the fonts in the drop down menu as they would appear on your project to save time.
The Graphic selection is very nice and many to choose from. The ability to take a picture using iCam and importing it into a project is a very nice feature.
There is no Event Calendar because iCal basically has the same features. This was stated to me by tech support.
You can not design a blank postcard, notecard, invitation, announcement, or stationary; However, you are able to change the pre-designed cover on these by deleting the cover and adding a graphic or photo of your own. In order to center the new graphic on the project (notecard) you have to click on "arrange" from the menu bar and in two separate steps select center horizontally and then select center vertically. There is not an option to do both at the same time. The only right click options you have from your mouse is the following: Bring to front, Send to back, Move forward, Move backward, Group, and Ungroup.
My personal thought is that Hallmark failed in its attempt to manufacture a software compatible for Mac computers. They have discredited there loyalty to there customers for a sound product with user friendly ability. I hope Hallmark will sit down with their past versions of Card Studio for PC's and compare the functionality between the two products. This was an hurried attempt to manufacture a highly requested product from Mac users. It in is my hopes that Hallmark will dedicate themselves to fixing many issues and making the next Mac version equal to the PC version in all aspects.
Hold off purchasing until an updated version is released and reviews are written about it. If you have purchased this software and are as disappointed in it as I am, contact 818-591-6245, ask for the senior product specialist and ask for a return. I have returned my copy and have pre-ordered the New & Improved Printmaster 2011 for Mac/PC. I have read quite a few negative reviews on past versions of PrintMaster and hope this new version has been greatly improved for the Mac. I have used PrintMaster on my PC a few years ago and loved it; lets hope the New Features and Improvements stated on PrintMaster's homepage are true.