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Shape Collage

CNET Editors' review

Shape Collage sets itself apart from the competition thanks to its lack of cute add-ons, and thanks to professional results. Users may never look back because this program is easy to use and looks so good.

At first glance, the program's interface is slightly confusing, with a lot of white space and few command buttons. The biggest hurdle is that there is no guidance on how to download photos and make a collage. However, with a glance at the Help file and some random toying around, we felt instantly at home here. Most photo collage programs we've tested prior to Shape Collage only allowed for hazy collections of shots or, worse, childish graphics and clip art. This program, however, skips all those trappings and focuses on making a tight collage that mimics a collection of snapshots spread across the table. Users bank the shots they want to use, choose the rough shape of the collage and how tightly the pictures should be bundled, and instantly create a crisp collection of their favorite shots. Another highlight was that the program saves the collage as a JPEG. The program offers many features that help customize the collage. From simple menus aimed at adjusting the angle of shots, color of border, and size of photos, users have complete control.

With professional results and a lot of power, users should have no problem overcoming the initially confusing setup of this fantastic freeware download to create memorable picture collections.

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  • All versions:

    3.2 stars

    out of 13 votes

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

    3.3 stars

    out of 6 votes

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    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 5
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  • 3.0 stars

    "good but not enough hands on control"

    November 4, 2009  |   By Duchossois

    Version: Shape Collage 2.5

    Pros

    Quick and easy to start.

    Cons

    Same as above, need more things to help you create you Collage effect'

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Very Basic but free."

    November 3, 2009  |   By MarkusF

    Version: Shape Collage 2.5

    Pros

    It does do collages.

    Cons

    Very limited on backgrounds and picture sizes.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "OK for a free program"

    October 17, 2009  |   By sparkymark

    Version: Shape Collage 2.5

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    lack of control.

    Summary

    it free.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very good and simple to use!"

    October 9, 2009  |   By ftrasser

    Version: Shape Collage 2.5

    Pros

    Easy installation, even with my sometimes fussy Vista. Very simple and considering it's free, very powerful. Straightforward to use and easy to get started. Very, very easy to add your own templates and shapes. Really cool and fun to use.

    Cons

    Free version contains watermark. Limited flexibility.

    Summary

    This is a very impressive application, esp. considering it's free. The free version contains a watermark in the lower right hand corner (despite ambiguous statements that there is no watermark in the free version, there is). However - unless you need that tiny little corner, the watermark is easier edited out with any photo editing software. So that's far from a showstopper. Other than that, the free version is fully functional. You can upgrade (i.e. pay) for an upgrade which removes the watermarking, but unless you really need that lower right hand corner, there's no need to pay! I would pay, but at $29 or $39 to upgrade, theres actually limited longterm value in this. I'm very impressed with the software and would like to contribute to the author, but how many of these designs will you actually do to make it worth buying unless you're selling them?

    It really works great! I created a full-size, full-resolution poster at 20x30 with beautiful results. No squeezed bogus, small scale outputs here. Excellent full size quality.

    All in all, outstanding little photo tool!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good product"

    October 3, 2009  |   By squatter65

    Version: Shape Collage 2.5

    Pros

    Great way to display all photo's

    Cons

    Heaps of playing with to not cover some photo's over 90%

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Promise falls short"

    August 29, 2009  |   By Chuck Leonard

    Version: Shape Collage 2.5

    Pros

    Ease of use. Graphic interface.

    Cons

    Inability to resize or move photos in shapes.

    Summary

    A fine program for the uninitiated.

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