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Photo Card Maker

CNET Editors' review

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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  • 1.0 stars

    "WARNING: includes Conduit toolbar"

    November 3, 2013  |   By NoMoreBlatherDotCom

    Version: Photo Card Maker 1.0.3

    Pros

    I didn't really need the >1 hour I spent getting rid of the Conduit toolbar.

    Cons

    I clicked "Decline" to the two offers on CNET's own installer, but despite that both browsers I was running were closed automatically and when I opened them up, the Conduit toolbar had been installed.

    Conduit wormed their way into IE and Chrome too. I followed the instructions on the "pcsmarties" site (but the only other software I downloaded was autoruns from MS). I had to force quit one of their DLLs that was running in order to delete it. Not all of them go by the "Conduit" name: other names I found were 3306061 (probably a version or similar fast-changing number) and TBHostSupport.

    There should be a class action lawsuit against CNET for distributing things like this.

    As for the program, it kinda works, but the templates are very low quality.

    Summary

    Avoid this app. In fact, avoid CNET Downloads too. You might be OK as long as you choose the "Custom Install" and make sure no toolbars are going to be installed, but why take the chance?

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Might be what you're looking for but I didn't like"

    April 7, 2011  |   By howardferns

    Version: Photo Card Maker 1.0.3

    Pros

    Could be suitable for your requirements if you don't mind the layout and if you happen to find a template to your liking

    Cons

    32 templates come with the program, all are landscape format and none portrait. It was only after I re-read the review on cnet download page that I saw there are 100 more templates on authors website.

    Summary

    Categories included with the program are Cartoon, Christmas, General, Holiday, Seasonal, Sport, Travel and Others. Note that Birthday is not included in these. One template read, "I hope you happy." Not exactly my standard of English. Overall, I was not impressed, and I uninstalled it without trying it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "so far so good after i am able to make smthin I will c"

    March 15, 2011  |   By wanderingypsy

    Version: Photo Card Maker 1.0.3

    Pros

    if it works and it free thats great!

    Cons

    lets get on with i

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Nice little program."

    December 23, 2010  |   By t00nz

    Version: Photo Card Maker 1.0.3

    Pros

    Great for making quick photo cards with built-in templates, plus more templates that you can download for free from the maker's website.

    Cons

    It is limited what it can do, but what do you expect for nothing? Believe it can only make a single sided card. But hey, that's what I wanted it to do anyways as I use it to print out 8x10" photo collage cards from Walgreens.

    Summary

    For the price (free!), this comes in handy when you're looking for that small program that can help you make a quick greeting card from your photos.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "did not care for it"

    December 21, 2010  |   By wjc4947

    Version: Photo Card Maker 1.0.3

    Pros

    looks too cheap

    Cons

    it was free

    Summary

    already deleted it , going to try something different

    Updated on Dec 26, 2010

    Did not care for this card maker too generic

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple, if unnecessarily-complicated"

    November 29, 2010  |   By grey-am-garden

    Version: Photo Card Maker 1.0.3

    Pros

    Simple to get the hang of (though see below for more). Good range of card styles.

    Cons

    Itcan be tricky to recognise just what the program wants you to do (especially with downloading - and unzipping - new templates.

    Summary

    well worth downloading - though it would be nice to be ables to create your own templates.

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