Basic photo editors are sometimes insufficient for some users' needs. CollageFactory Pro for Mac provides some specialized features for those working with photos, but at a price.
CollageFactory Pro for Mac can be used for free but it will place a watermark on all printed documents if you do so. The full version without restrictions may be purchased for $29.99. The program is sizable at more than 200MB, but downloaded and installed smoothly after we accepted a lengthy user agreement. The design works well and has a menu bar on the left side where you can click to load templates based on the type collage or card desired. The general layout and color scheme used for the interface is less sophisticated, but it effectively shows the photo layout on the selected template. The top-row buttons are difficult to interpret and there are no additional instructions. After clicking on the template, the program moves to a new menu where photos may be included in the layout. This menu functions well and is clearly labeled. Even beginners would not find it difficult to navigate and select photos for the collages.
While CollageFactory Pro for Mac has some helpful features for photo arrangements, there are not likely enough benefits to the average user to justify the full price of the program.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of CollageFactory Pro for Mac 1.3.