Basic greeting cards

Don't expect too much from this no-frills card maker.

Making your own custom greeting cards can be a lot of fun, and there are numerous programs out there that can help you with such a project. Photo Card Maker is among the more basic options; it's a good choice for anyone who doesn't need a whole lot of features, but it will likely disappoint those who expect more sophisticated results.

The program's interface is plain and fairly easy to figure out, with its major features represented by a set of icons across the top of the screen. Photo Card Maker comes with 32 templates, which are organized in categories including cartoon, Christmas, general, seasonal, holiday, sport, travel, and other. Additional templates can be downloaded from the publisher's Web site. The text on the templates doesn't always make sense--one template featuring a scarecrow in a field includes the caption "I hope you happy"--but fortunately the text can be edited. It's fairly easy to resize and rotate images within the program to fit the spaces in the templates, but for templates that feature circular spaces for images, users will have to crop their photos in another program. Photo Card Maker comes with an exceedingly brief Help file, but most of its features are pretty easy to figure out. Overall, Photo Card Maker didn't particularly impress us, but it's not bad for a free, no-frills photo card maker.

Photo Card Maker comes as a ZIP file. It installs and uninstalls without issues.

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