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Greeting Card Studio

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Greeting Card Studio purports to allow users to create attractive, high quality greeting cards. In reality, this program's lack of features and buggy operation makes us think we'd be better off with construction paper and markers.

The program's interface is basic and looks a lot like many other image-editing programs. The trial version comes with 16 templates, which range from cutesy to tacky. None of them was anything we'd want to give to someone (at least not someone we liked). With a program designed specifically to create greeting cards, we figured there would be options to create a cover image and then put a message inside, but all this program seems able to do is insert your photos into its goofy borders and allow you to print them. We thought we might have better luck creating a card from scratch than with the templates, but every time we tried to select the paper size--the first step in creating a card--the New Project screen closed itself. We tried over and over again, but the program seemed to play a cruel cat-and-mouse game with us, never letting us complete the setup for our new card. Thus, we can't attest to the features in this part of the program, because we were never able to get it to work. The program's built-in Help file is very basic and not particularly helpful.

Greeting Card Studio has a 30-use trial, which is more than enough. It comes as a ZIP file but installs and uninstalls without issues. We do not recommend this program; it doesn't do anything that couldn't be done more easily with another program.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Misleading Name"

    September 12, 2010  |   By IAmMarchHare

    Version: Greeting Card Studio 1.95

    Pros

    None that I could see, as I couldn't use it.

    Cons

    I just want a greeting card creator, not a photo editing thing. Is that really too much to ask?

    Summary

    Not what I was looking for, and I wasted my time downloading it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Downloaded software, scanned with AVG free 8.5.409 OK"

    August 23, 2009  |   By lizst

    Version: Greeting Card Studio 1.75

    Pros

    None at all did not even try after I got the virus alert

    Cons

    When I came to install it I received a Virus alert from Ad-Watch live to lell me that I had a virus in Win 32. This is the first time that I have had a problem with downloads from CNET

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Alright I guess"

    August 9, 2009  |   By ShadowsOfTears

    Version: Greeting Card Studio 1.75

    Pros

    The layout was decent

    Cons

    This didn't really work all that well. It was very cartoony, and really wasn't on the level of what I was looking for.

    Summary

    I wouldn't download this again, in fact after attempting to use it a few times, I completely uninstalled this program. I think it could use some improvement.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love it..."

    May 22, 2009  |   By s_nathan46

    Version: Greeting Card Studio 1.65

    Pros

    beautiful thanks for doing those. I love how you creatively interwove our names.
    It will be a fun surprise for our friends and relatives.

    Cons

    Make me happy

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Basic and inflexible"

    February 20, 2009  |   By reviewnerd

    Version: Greeting Card Studio 1.61

    Pros

    A few decent (but not incredible by any means) looking templates (around 15 total)

    Cons

    Has problems with layers
    Very few templates overall
    No option to download more free templates
    Very inflexible in terms of image editing
    Text input is random & some templates don't offer much room 4 it
    Reminds me of limitations of "paint" in Windows

    Summary

    I used this for 20 minutes and then uninstalled it. If you are a very basic user wanting to throw a picture in a frame and print it, this may do the trick for you. But overall, it's a very basic software, particularly in the free edition.

    My main problem with it was the difficulty that the program has in managing layers. Let's say you want a picture, a frame, and text in your greeting card (the basics). The program offers you the option of selecting a frame from templates, which I assume most users gravitate towards. This is great. You also have the option of starting from scratch and designing your greeting card using backgrounds and such. I didn't use this option, maybe the software is stronger in this department, though I doubt it.
    Ok, let's continue: you select a frame and then the software lets you add a picture and nicely embeds it within the frame. Now, you can work to further customize it. Let's say you add text. This process is quite like "paint" in Windows. It just gives you a text box with the option of a transparent background (which "paint" does not offer) and lets you put the text box wherever you like.
    Now, the problem with layers kicks in:
    Lets say you want to flip the frame vertically so that the flower that is part of the frame and is protruding the picture does not cover an important part of your image. After you do this, since the frame is the largest feature in the image and it covers over the rest of the frame, you can no longer click on the picture or the text to move them or resize them! I tried "send back" option to send the frame to the back. Still, when I click on the text, it continues to hold on to the frame as the active layer. I tried this many times with different tricks and did not work. I consider myself savvy when it comes to computers and working with such software. Overall, I am disappointed and wanted to save you the time and energy I put into trying it. If you are in a rush to put a picture to a frame and click print, this software gives you about 20 different ways of doing so. Other than that, please look elsewhere for more productivity.
    Good luck and thank you for your time.

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