Scrapbook Crafter Mac App Review:
Two months ago my family increased by one tiny little being, my nephew, Ben. As you might imagine, everyone is taking endless photos of the little guy and the problem we run into is what to do with all these pictures considering that they are all digital. We all want our keepsakes of Ben to be timeless and something we can look back on for years to come, but when they are digital, photographs are a bit harder to turn into something tangible. Fortunately, for us, Pearl Mountain Software, has a solution — Scrapbook Center.
Scrapbook Crafter is a quick efficient way to document your favorite memories. It comes preloaded with dozens of kits to get you started. Some of the features included in Scrapbook Center are:
- Personalize Scrapbook with Real-time Preview
- Easily drag & drop photos into scrapbook — Photo objects from iPhoto, Aperture, or from any folder in Finder.
- Freely add and delete scrapbook pages to fit your needs.
- Move, resize, and rotate any object with a few mouse clicks.
- Crop photo or manipulate the frame easily.
- Rotate, Flip & Mirror photo objects with ease.
- Free to manage layers of different objects.
- Support Lock/Unlock, Group/Ungroup, Undo/Redo, Copy/Paste/Duplicate and other advanced editing features.
When I first opened the app, I was met with a familiar layout I’ve come to expect from Pearl Mountain’s apps. It’s clean, easy to navigate and fun. The wonderful thing about this app is that it really gets your creative juices flowing from the start. I consider myself the ‘creative’ type, but sometimes I need a little bit of inspiration to get started. Scrapbook Crafter is set-up to get you started quickly. With more than 60 scrapbook kits — pre-built templates — that are customizable, all you have to do is add the pictures. When I was testing the app, I found myself immediately wanting to design this special scrapbook for my nephew. So, I downloaded some images from my sister-in-law’s Facebook page and dropped them into the pre-determined scrapbook kit. Within about 10 minutes, I had a beautiful, ready-to-share scrapbook of Ben.
The first time I created a scrapbook, I used one of the pre-made templates. After completing it, I decided to go back and start one from scratch. Even though it requires more time and effort on your part as the artist, it’s so incredibly easy to get started and before you know it, you’ve spent 15 minutes adding clipart and other embellishments to a page full of baby pictures.
Because this app utilizes drag and drop functionality, it’s very easy for anyone to enjoy putting together scrapbooks using Scrapbook Center. The app provides every kind of decoration from clipart to frames to masks to backgrounds. My favorite thing about adding the embellishments is that they are all cutout and have transparent backgrounds; meaning you can add them and move them from layer to layer without having to worry about cleaning them up.
I also really love how easy it is to share finished projects with others. Even though ‘share’ functions seem to be commonplace within app development these days, it’s refreshing to see an interface that works so well and only takes a few clicks to get started. You can share easily with email recipients, SMS messaging, AirDrop, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. I was also impressed to find so many options for exporting finished scrapbooks — PDF, JPG, PNG, TIFF, BMP and even PSD.
Sometimes when I test out software, I will create projects that never see the light of day. I full intend on sharing this with my brother and sister-in-law, parents and probably Facebook. This is a great app for scrapbookers and digital photographers alike. If you have photos to share and want more than just to send the picture, or you are a scrapbooker at heart, but don’t like to get your hands messy, Scrapbook Crafter is a great option for you.
Scrapbook Crafter retails for $30 and is available in the Mac App Store.
For more information, visit http://pearlmountainsoft.com/scrapbook-crafter.
Originally published at www.macsources.com on May 14, 2015.