TopTenREVIEWS - Bronze Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

The Print Shop Professional by Broderbund is a versatile desktop publishing software application that gives you a healthy number of photo editing tools and clip art images. This TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award winner can help you enhance and fix photographs that are less than stellar. It also offers quite an array of print project options, text effects and a large variety of templates.

There is a bit of a learning curve to master before you will feel completely comfortable with this desktop publishing software. However, it provides enough features to let you create exactly the project you envision for your personal or business use.

Features
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The Print Shop Professional has some useful features that small business owners will no doubt appreciate. For example, you can create business forms, letterhead stationery, posters, menus and flyers. You also can publish to web pages, which is a real boon for any business, non-profit group or civic organization.

There are a number of options that help you create just about any project you want, and the results you get from this application are impressive. For example, you can reinforce your small business brand by offering colorful calendars that highlight your venture and remind customers every day just how great your firm is. Another attractive business feature is the capability to create table-based documents that can be adjusted by rows, columns and more.

There are also many options for the home consumer. You can make matching stationery sets, create your own business cards and resumes, print invitations, make postcards and more.

Photo & Text Tools
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8.8/10
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The Print Shop Professional offers a variety of tools for working with photographs and clipart images. You can crop photos to any shape you choose, including a freehand crop capability that lets you isolate a portion of an image. You also can do spot touch-ups for people featured in your pictures to eliminate wrinkles and blemishes, whiten teeth and more.

The Print Shop Professional also includes the ability to correct colors, flip images, turn color pictures into black and white photos or apply a retro look with sepia. This application has a helpful drag-and-drop functionality, so it is easy to position photos in your projects. You can manage the pictures by tagging photos and marking your favorites, which makes it easy to search for what you want.

The Print Shop Professional offers a generous number of tools that let you apply text effects to headline and body text in creative ways. You can experiment with words and fashion them into appealing art forms using color, fonts, positioning and more.

Ease of Use
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7.5/10
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6.3

Although filled with an abundance of tools and capabilities, this software is not quite as intuitive and easy to use as it could be. However, after you have worked with it for a time, it becomes simpler to operate.

With The Print Shop Professional, you can print your creations at home using quality paper or choose to have them professionally printed. You also can share any project by saving it as HTML and sending it through email. You also can publish directly to the web. The Print Shop Professional includes an address book where you can note addresses and phone numbers as well as track important dates and get event reminders.

Help & Support
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You get an assortment of help and support options with The Print Shop Professional. The company's website includes a section with answers to commonly asked questions and a user forum. If you have other questions, there is email and phone support available. Unfortunately, there is no live chat.

 

 

The Print Shop Professional Summary:
8.6/10

The Print Shop Professional is a capable desktop publishing software product that lets you do a wide variety of projects. It would be nice if it was a bit easier to use, but this software does produce some attractive results.

 
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The Print Shop Professional 3.0

Pros
You get a healthy number of print project choices, templates and photo editing tools.

Cons
There is a bit of a learning curve to overcome before you can feel completely comfortable with the software.

The Verdict
: 8.63/10

The wealth of editing tools and project templates make The Print Shop Professional one of the top desktop publishing titles.