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American Greetings Create-a-Card 4

American Greetings Create-a-Card 4

Spring 2000 Software
Ages: 10 & Up
Manufacturer: Mattel
Price: $49.99
Review:
If you can't stand searching greeting card racks and settling for one-size-fits-all sentimentality, this big package of expressive creativity is for you. Forget schmaltzy, never mind stupid humor. This software lets you say it your way--and picture it your way, draw it your way, even send it your way! With its interface so user friendly kids can use it, CreataCard opens into an animated greeting card store where you select from a huge range of projects and products--supposedly some 500,000 cards, award certificates, calendars, stationary, banners, signs, etc. Begin your project in the Creativity Workshop where you can choose the type (greeting card, craft card, invitation, announcement, etc.), occasion and general format. Tons of illustrations and photographs are available inside the Art Gallery--plus plenty more single-card designs, supplies and products are accessible for purchase via on-line ordering at the Art & More Store. Or, better yet, import your own scanned photos into lively formats. Need some inspiration for you message? Choose from a wide variety, literally thousands, of pre-written verses and sentiments--and then edit them to suit yourself. Choose font style, text, borders, coloring, everything. Then make an envelope for your card, mail it, or e-mail it, or have the card printed professionally and delivered. Additional helpers include an address book and "Forget-Me-Not" reminder that alerts you on your computer when important dates are near, a "Year You Were Born" feature, and photo editing and organizing options. Plus, the days of printing out your greeting-card creation on ordinary, thin, typing paper are over. The results are touching.
Don Oldenburg   ©2000 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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