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The wide variety of features offered by Print Shop 22 is its other important strength. In a single software you get combined features of popular and expensive desktop publishing packages.
By choosing the option of “Blank Pages," you can create page designs of professional quality with various text and graphic effects. There are also readymade templates and images to choose from. [See Image 9]
Within a few steps, you can create Banners, Business Cards, Calendars, CD/DVD Labels, Certificates, Greeting Cards, Hand-Crafted Cards, Invitations, Letterhead, Newsletters, Photo Greeting Cards, Postcards, Signs and much more. Within each project you can apply various text effects, background effects, water marks, etc.
Photo editor is another important feature of Print Shop 22. It’s a sort of workshop which comprises the step-by-step instructions to edit the photo or the clipart. The interface is such that you learn while performing photo editing.
If you wish to create you own graphic images, various drawing tools are also available. You can also create professional quality web pages and even publish them on the website.
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Print Shop 22 creates the files of various formats depending on the type of project selected by you. You can save the project in PDF format to take the printout anywhere. All the projects that have been created in Print Shop 22 can be seen under the “My Projects" menu.What's Not:
Broderbund has tried to put all the desktop publishing features that are found in separate softwares on the market into a single software. They have greatly succeeded in doing this but have sacrificed operational speed in the process. In fact, with so many features, Print Shop 22 has become clumsy.
Further, adding thousands of templates and images has increased the size of Print Shop 22 well beyond imagination. In fact, the total size of the software (1269MB) is highly unacceptable. I can go as far as accepting the size, but when I tried to add the template or image to the project, the software would hang (stop working) for several seconds and sometimes it would stop responding at all. This is a frustrating test of your patience. And it doesn’t happen only once, it repeats again and again.
Even while using certain tools of the photo editor, Print Shop 22 would stop and take a longtime to operate. Overall, I was able to download only about 413MB of software in more than three days on my broadband connection; thereafter I started facing server problems.
Print Shop 22 creates projects in file formats which will not open in other software and computers on which this software is not installed. This can be troubling, especially since Print Shop is not a widely used software. Of course you can always create the files in PDF format and print from any computer.