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ArcSoft Print Creations

CNET Editors' review

In recent years it's become very easy to create custom greeting cards, calendars, brochures, photo books, and more all from the comfort of home. Numerous applications exist to help users create professional-looking projects with very little know-how. ArcSoft Print Creations is one of these, combining multiple design tools into one application. Unfortunately, although the program itself is free, most of the templates it offers must be paid for if users want to print them without a watermark.

The program's interface is attractive and intuitive. The home screen allows users to select whether they want to create a new project, open an existing project, or order photo gifts. When users choose to create a new project, a screen opens allowing them to choose what kind of project they want. There are a lot of options to choose from: greeting cards, posters, scrapbook pages, and more. The Funhouse options are especially interesting; these allow users to insert their own faces onto animals, cartoons, and holiday-themed images. None of the program's templates are exactly groundbreaking in terms of design, but for the most part they are attractive and professional-looking. The program comes with an HTML Help file that does an adequate job of explaining its functions. Overall, we think that ArcSoft Print Creations is a good choice for users who like to have fun with their photos, but those who are expecting free templates are bound to be disappointed. Even the templates that are listed as free in the interface end up with a watermark when they're printed, and we had a difficult time even figuring out how users are supposed to pay for templates if they want to. ArcSoft could definitely stand to be a little more upfront about all of this.

ArcSoft Print Creations installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal. We recommend this program to all users.

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    2.3 stars

    out of 30 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 15
  • Current version:

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    • 4 star: 0
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    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 1.0 stars

    "program won't except my activation code"

    November 14, 2012  |   By josephnj46

    Version: ArcSoft Print Creations 3.0.255.500

    Pros

    cards look great

    Cons

    you have to install extra software even if you don't want it and it leaves folders behind that you can not find , even if you use an uninstaller and only a handful or cards are free I installed windows 8 and wanted to re install print creations I bought the half fold greeting card software to get rid of the water marks but when I try to re activate thee program it won't except my code tech support was some what helpful but all in all I would stay away from this software

    Summary

    stay away it loads to much extra crap you would never use and leaves to much behind when you un install it

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  • 1.0 stars

    "IT WAS NOT FREE"

    January 3, 2012  |   By SonnyDude

    Version: ArcSoft Print Creations 3.0.255.500

    Pros

    Looks to be a good program if you can afford all the hidden fees.

    Cons

    Has tons of bloatware in the download and it is not FREE as it says it is.

    Summary

    If it were actually FREE then I would recommend it but unfortunately I cannot because it is not FREE as it claims to be .

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Could be Great! Limited features kill it."

    August 16, 2011  |   By davidhaile

    Version: ArcSoft Print Creations 3.0.255.500

    Pros

    Good GUI and ergonomics. I will happily pay $30 for a template for a brochure to help me sell my house. I downloaded it for this purpose!

    Cons

    I MUST be able to customize templates to fit my own tastes and requirements! It is easy to add and change/resize text boxes but photos have to be added to existing photo boxes that can't be moved or resized.

    Summary

    This product was designed by a committee. It's target market is idiots who drool on their keyboards. Does that describe you? I spent $30 at ArcSoft 2 days ago and requested a refund within an hour of the download. It appears to be only a website without real support people backing it up.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not what I was looking for. Deleted it"

    May 12, 2011  |   By prbarry

    Version: ArcSoft Print Creations 3.0.255.500

    Pros

    Not what I was looking for. Deleted it

    Cons

    Not what I was looking for. Deleted it

    Summary

    Not what I was looking for. Deleted it

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't do business"

    August 17, 2010  |   By goodguy1234ass

    Version: ArcSoft Print Creations 3.0.255.500

    Pros

    Find something else...

    Cons

    You have to uninstall the demo and install a full version so they can always hold a download over you, and if you loose it you have to pay them money to download again (WHY?!?). They don't help their customers. They CHARGE YOU for tech support.

    Summary

    ArcSoft is a shady company!!! Send ArcSoft a message, boycott their products until they stop being greedy and actually help their customers. Find another product to do what you want, and save yourself a lot of trouble.

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