Broderbund's PrintMaster Platinum is rich in options and features and presents a healthy art gallery. Although it seems better suited to home consumers, it could easily fill the bill for entrepreneurs, the self-employed and small business owners.

Using this desktop publishing software, you can design such professional products as business cards, letterhead stationery, newsletters, brochures, catalogs, menus and web pages. You also can whip up posters, banners, greeting cards, invitations and resumes for personal use, for your child's school or sports team or for a local community organization.

PrintMaster Platinum’s photo editing tools let you adjust the color, brightness and focus, fix flaws and add effects to photographs. You can make use of this software's one-click photo editor, advanced color match technology and simple drag-and-drop design tools, which all serve to make creating your projects as easy as possible.

The text tools in PrintMaster Platinum are helpful. You can rotate body text any degree and add shapes, as well as use an eyedropper tool to add color. You also have plenty of flexibility with the application's headline and title text. You can choose from ready-made headline text or start with a font and customize your own by adding colors, textures or a photo. There is also an option for 3D headline effects. You can shape the headline, add an outline and drop shadows, change the depth of the shadows and set the proportion of the text for the look you want.

Printing and sharing are areas where PrintMaster Platinum falls a little short. It has limited print options and can only export PDF files. There isn’t an option for printing color separations either.

One of PrintMaster Platinum's greatest features is the fact that it is quite easy to use. In fact, the manufacturer advertises that undertaking projects is as easy as 1-2-3, and it really is. From the startup screen, you can choose a project from a ready-made design, begin a new project, search through the image library and get to work. The control panel design is simple and most of the tools are easily visible.

PrintMaster Platinum offers standard help content along with a built-in help center where you can view or print useful tutorials. This desktop printing software also has online help, email and phone support. The phone option, however, requires a fee. You can also check for updates quickly or connect to the Broderbund troubleshooting system through the site’s online support.

PrintMaster Platinum Summary:
8.1/10

Broderbund's PrintMaster Platinum is quality desktop publishing software equipped with a large selection of tools and features. Photo- and text-editing tools help you create just the look you want for your professional or personal print projects. Plus, it's easy for just about anyone to operate.

 
 
 

PrintMaster Platinum 2012

Pros
PrintMaster Platinum offers plenty of editing features and an extensive art gallery.

Cons
This software could use some additional sharing options.

The Verdict
: 8.13/10

This desktop publishing software is feature-rich, flexible and easy to use.