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Author Topic: a light-weight alternative to Print Shop Deluxe?  (Read 6844 times)
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« on: March 28, 2006, 08:54:23 PM »

hi all,

i used to have an old copy of Print Shop Deluxe which i enjoyed very much. however, i'm having some problems with the new printer i bought recently so had a look at the newer version but didn't feel like spending so much...

therefore, i was wondering if there is a light-weight alternative to Print Shop Deluxe? I am open to suggestions... preferably, the app should be targeted at a medium to casual user with not too much hand-holding. Wink
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2006, 12:33:45 AM »

hi all,
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... preferably, the app should be targeted at a medium to casual user with not too much hand-holding. Wink
So you need wizards and such? Sorry, i can`t get familiar with this helpers.
I use CorelDraw! for such projects. Even the version 7 (5-10ÔéČ @eBay) is good enought
and you get an good graphic editor too (PhotoPaint).

A freeware non-wizard tool is e.g. OpenOffices Draw.

"Print Shop Deluxe" or such i see often on magazin -cd's for 5-9ÔéČ
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2006, 12:51:21 AM »

I use CorelDraw! for such projects. Even the version 7 (5-10ÔéČ @eBay) is good enought and you get an good graphic editor too (PhotoPaint).

A freeware non-wizard tool is e.g. OpenOffices Draw.

"Print Shop Deluxe" or such i see often on magazin -cd's for 5-9ÔéČ

I didn't had a look at CorelDraw! previously because Corel looks like an overkill. Basically what i want to do is just create flyers, banners and some greeting cards... OpenOffice's Draw comes in a suite so that is certainly not in the light-weight category. Wink

maybe i'll just have wade thru' bargain-bins to find a cheaper, less than new version of PSD...

tks anyway, AbteriX
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2006, 01:17:20 AM »

You didn't answered if you need the help o f the "wizards" ?

If not and you look for an less in size and price app for vector drawing
i could bring your attention to ZoneDraw where the v3 (8,8 MB, from 2001) is free after registration.

See http://www.zoner.com/download/ and scroll down or http://www.zoner.com/supp...download2.asp?ProductID=1


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Description => http://www.freewarefiles....om/program_3_36_1024.html

Picture => http://www.freewarefiles.com/screenshot/zoner3.gif

Fun with Text => http://graphicssoft.about...brary/uc/ucpm_zd4text.htm

Tuts => http://www.ayeone.com/zoner_draw.htm AND http://www.ayeone.com/zoner_draw_2.htm

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Description
Zoner Draw 3 is a graphics editor,
primarily designed to create powerful leaflets,
illustrations for documents, business cards,
 price tags, letterheads, postcards, signs,
blueprints, greeting cards, and more.



Note for travelers: Only need to install it ones, then you can copy it on your USB-Stick.
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2006, 02:39:22 AM »

You didn't answered if you need the help o f the "wizards" ?

actually, i don't need wizards that much... but i'll have a look at ZonerDraw and let you know...
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2009, 11:03:38 AM »

hi all,

i used to have an old copy of Print Shop Deluxe which i enjoyed very much. however, i'm having some problems with the new printer i bought recently so had a look at the newer version but didn't feel like spending so much...

therefore, i was wondering if there is a light-weight alternative to Print Shop Deluxe? I am open to suggestions... preferably, the app should be targeted at a medium to casual user with not too much hand-holding. Wink

I have a similar problem - I have Printshop Premier Deluxe V5.

But for some unknown reason, it takes forever to print some pictures. So I'm also looking for an alternative to Print Shop, preferably a freeware software.

Some wizards would be nice of course.
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2009, 08:22:44 PM »

You might want to try Serif PagePlus SE. It's very popular and has gotten a lot of good press over the years. It's free for the download. The publisher has provided tutorials with the software to get you going with minimal fuss.

The website also has a collection of free design templates if you're pushed for time or looking for inspiration.

There's also a version of PagePlus with some additional features available for about $10. Most people find the free edition more than adequate. My Mom's retirement club uses the free edition for everything.


Main link: http://www.freeserifsoftw...re.com/software/pageplus/

Feature page: http://www.freeserifsoftw...PagePlus/key_features.asp

Note: Serif also has free versions of its drawing, photo edit, web, 3D, and panorama software available. If you like PagePlus, why not check out the rest of the Plus SE series while you're there? Thmbsup

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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2009, 11:20:48 PM »

Thanks for the suggestion 40hz.

I guess if your mom's retirement club uses the free edition for everything, it is as good an endorsement any software can get for ease of use. Just like the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.

I gave it a 5 minute test and the user interface looks friendly enough.

Thanks once again. Another problem solved by the great donationcoder community.
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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2009, 06:57:22 AM »

A little late to the party but this is on Giveaway of the Day today, September 20th 2009.

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Easy Flyer Creator - A Desktop Publishing Software that help you
 Design Create Print Flyers, Brochures, Leaflets, Certificates, Photo Frames,
 Tickets, Door hangers from templates in just 5 minutes!

Worth a look since it's free
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