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Bloated with redundant features.
on May 22, 2010
This review is for installation on a Macintosh Computer.
Based on the way the product works by itself, I would give this a much higher rating. The features once installed are easy-to-use, powerful, and fun. You are able to make a wide assortment of products from menus, church bulletins and flyers (something I did effectively), invitations and more. The color matching tool, a eye dropper used to match colors in photos or clip-art, is effective and a great way to incorporate colors from existing work into new merged work. The software also has some photo editing capabilities, can crop, remove red eye, etc.
This is an all-new product. Work done with prior versions of Print Master will not work with this one. This is important to note. As I never used a previous version of Print Master I was unaffected by this, but I am sure if you used prior versions or are looking to upgrade, this will be worth noting.
My main points of contention with this software is that prior point of backwards compatibility as well as the installation. Coming in at close to 23 gigs, this is one huge piece of software. Installing it took nearly all of my free space left on my hard drive. The installation is three whole DVD disks. One for the main software and two for artwork. On it's front this is good, because many competing software products come with comparable functionality out of the box, but lack with art and add-ons this has, so that is a plus.
But in the end, most of the features you get on this come with computers already. Macs, for example, come with iPhoto that do all of the photo editing. If you happened to add on iWork you already have most of the features that this has in a smaller more integrated package.
All-in-all I gave this four (4) stars. I was torn. The product itself is very good and fun to use. The problem again lies with the size for installation and lack of backwards compatibility. If you had a lot of free disk space, didn't have software like iPhoto, iWork, or MS Publisher, this will be a good product for you. It is feature rich and easy to use. Otherwise, if you already have other similar products, avoid this.