iScrapbook 3 Receives 4.5 Out Of 5 Mice Review From Macworld

"Sometimes you can wave a magic wand over a product and get just what you’re looking for…iScrapbook 3 skyrockets the software into a whole new realm by giving you a universe of free and enhanced templates, page and album designs, and artwork you can use to create your own great pages."

By Katherine Murray, Macworld.com - August 27, 2010

Sometimes you can wave a magic wand over a product and get just what you’re looking for. When we reviewed iScrapbook 2.1.2 late last year, the program had many solid features—an easy-to-use interface, simple layouts, examples and templates, and enough flexibility and power to help you create cool effects for your digital scrapbook pages. Though the earlier version was a very good product in its own right, iScrapbook 3.0.4 skyrockets the software into a whole new realm by giving you a universe of free and enhanced templates, page and album designs, and artwork you can use to create your own great pages.

Many of the new features seem geared toward showering you with all the inspiration and visual assets you could ever want. Two of the biggest stars in the new feature lineup include Smart Templates and iScrapKits. Both of these elements help you build beautiful, compelling pages by providing page design and graphic elements—papers, frames, embellishments, and more—that add richness and texture to your pages. With the new version, you get free access to 16 complete iScrapkits. They are substantial, offering papers, embellishments, fonts, all kinds of items you might want for your pages. In the previous version, you could access the one iScrapkit that came with the program, but you had to buy anything else you wanted to use. This free access to professionally designed iScrapkits dramatically increases the design elements you can add to your pages.



Macworld's Buying Advice

With the vast array of changes in iScrapbook 3.0.4 and the expanded constellation of Smart Templates, iScrapKits, and page and album designs geared toward helping you create amazing pages easily, the $50 single user edition of the software is definitely worth the price. The $90 Family Pack gives you up to five licenses in a single household (on different computers), so if your entire family and th0e dog all have scrapbooking stories to share, the Family Pack may be right for you. No question, however; the single-user version of iScrapbook 3 is a good investment if you love great design, have an eye for color and texture, and have some good stories to share.

[Katherine Murray is a technology writer in Indianapolis and the author of Creative Digital Scrapbooking (Peachpit Press).]

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