- Platform: Windows Vista
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Hallmark Card Studio Deluxe (PC)
- 9000+ Hallmark Cards & Projects for All Occasions including birthdays, weddings and anniversaries
- Create personalised cards in 3 easy steps!
- Select a template, add messages, photos, graphics, colours and fonts - then print, email or PDF!
- 200 Additional Designs for the UK version and 1,200+ New Designs for 2009!
- 16,000+ Premium Clip Art Images for all occasions to use in your designs.
- Exclusive Hallmark Fonts and Hallmark Sentiment Library to help you find the right words.
- New! Create photo cards and photo calendars to share with friends and family.
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The No.1 Greeting Card Software
For nearly 100 years Hallmark has designed greeting cards for life's special moments. Hallmark Card Studio 2009 Deluxe extends this tradition, making it easy for you to create cards as unique as the people you care for!
Create Personalised Cards in 3 Easy Steps
1. Select from thousands of cards, invitations, stickers and more.
2. Add your own unique message or personal photos. Then change fonts, colours and graphics.
3. Print, email or create a PDF of your one-of-a-kind creation.
Thousands of Designs to Choose From
9000+ Hallmark Cards and Projects including birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.
Includes 200 Additional UK Designs.
16,000+ Clip Art Images included to complement your designs.
Print, email or PDF your creation.
Digital Photo Editor
Includes a digital photo editor to correct photos, remove red-eye, apply special effects, then add your own photos to your designs.
Additional Projects and Tools
New! Create photo calendars and photo cards.
Create personalised e-cards to send instantly by email.
Use the Event Planner with date notification features to keep you organised!
Exclusive Hallmark Content & Additional Features
Includes exclusive Hallmark Fonts and a Hallmark Sentiment Library to help you find the right words for any occasion. Also includes KidLock password protection.
Creating your own cards is faster, easier and more fun than ever with Hallmark Card Studio!
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Printing the card can be a bit complex. There's help for manual duplex with printers, where the printing wizard takes you though the double sided printing setup to ensure you put the paper back in the right orientation [as you have to print on both sides]. Getting the automatic duplex of our printer working took a bit of a while [as the printer wizard didn't offer anything for this option], but this was eventually done in Start, Printers, right-click Properties under Windows XP, and switch on auto-duplex there. Once set up, the automatic duplex printing works perfectly. The Windows 'Printer Properties' can be accessed for full control when printing cards though, via a Card Studio menu button. However controlling the printer is Card Studios weakest area, and it can take a frustrating while to get unusual output printed correctly [when using autoduplex or for say a single A4 portrait poster]. We use cheap 160 gsm A4 card [white + various pastel colours] for our printer and just fold down the middle, although other [smaller card] printing/folding options are also supported, that work OK with standard paper. Printer ink is expensive though and there's a lot of it used, so I expect it costs 30p or so per card. If your printer supports it, reducing the printer ink volume used to the minimum still produced good results, giving the card a pleasant sheen finnish.
The card templates include obvious things like birthdays, weddings and Bah Mitzvahs, as well as ones for things like 'Todays stepfamilies', 'Spanish language cards' and 'Preschool graduation' - so clearly Card Studio retains it's US roots. There aren't many cards, if any, for Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu special days, most seem to be Christian or Jewish. But there's one for every family/friend occasion. And of course you can just modify any card template to add your own text and photos/artwork, using the software's 'Art Studio' editing tools. Plus you can search themes, 'rabbits' came up with 102 bunny cards. Most of the cards are naturally basic two sided affairs, but they look good and you can add home-made touches to emphasise the 'I made this card with love' look. You can also do other creative projects, like 3D cards, scrapbook papers, year planners, calendars, gift tags, invitations and photo-cubes & photoframes. The only downer is that it can be a real struggle to produce something that isn't a 'card' e.g. say a simple A4 sheet with 4 'invites' printed on one side [to be cut up later].
There is another 'special edition' of Card Studio 2009 for scrapbook fun [not included], although we use the excellent Serif 'Digital Scrapbook Artist' for this. This UK edition of Hallmark Card Studio 2009 has 200 `extra' cards including 'Forever Friends', and it makes an attempt to be Brit friendly with words like 'Primary' school rather than Elementary. In addition there's 16,000+ 'premium' clip art images and a simple digital photo editor to get your photos onto cards. Plus there's the crucial 'Art Studio' menu for adding [or moving/removing] text, greetings, photos, clip-art and shapes to the card. In fact there's a suprising amount of editing power hidden behind the few main menu buttons. Art Studio offers loads of decent quality clip art, wallpaper and pre-written text to save you having to produce your own [hence the massive program footprint on your hard drive]. Lastly there's the event planner/diary that used to be very annoying on the original 2001 software [you just couldn't seem to get rid of it on PC start-up], but this version has an easy to find 'never' button - although if you dont have Office Outlook you might like it.
The card output is 'for personal non-commercial use only'. Overall it's a lot of fun for the money, and easy for older kids and teenagers to use as well. Plus it's results are more than adaquate for many occassions, particularly if it's being given to a close family member with the money saved going towards the present. It's output is also ideal for stuff like kids personal thankyous and party invites. So it's a hit and we'll give it 5.
This product is easy to install and has a multitude of great ranges to choose from (including the marvellous 'Forever Friends' range). Card production is quick and extremely professional and you can amend and edit the cards to suit your intended recipient easily and quickly. This product elimainates the need to buy cards and my mum has loved each and every card she has produced - she has been using this for five months now and still raves about it and from the results I have seen quite rightly too.
Reccommended if you want cheaper greetings card with a professional and personal touch.
Loaded in with Vista smoothly and very straight forward options to print your cards...it leads you through each step with ease. I did have a nightmare tyring to print the cards initially on my printer...an Epson 830u. Despite configuring the printer to the software (again it leads you through this), my cards printed off-centre, with margins where there shouldn't have been and I admit...I was getting just a bit concerned.
I "borrowed" my sons printer for a day and it ran perfectly. So...I now have a new Canon printer (not my sons!) and the cards print like a dream. I must say though...I am an avid card maker anyhow and have a card scorer and creaser (to make clean crisp folds down the middle of the card) and would recommend this to anyone wanting a professional finish.
There's a tonne of choice for different occassions with the option of editing the wording to add your own. So if I like the picture on a get well card, I'll edit the wording to say Happy Birthday instead. Perfect as a lot of the Forever Friends and Country Companion cards, which I love, have the wrong wording on for my use.
Highly recommend and even though I've had to buy a new printer, I can see myself saving a small fortune on cards!
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