Sophie’s Cards 6 for OS X Creates Engaging Greetings

| Quick Look Review

Sophie’s Cards Inc. has just released version 6 of its card creating software and there are a number of interesting features that should be of interest to those who enjoy creating their own cards, note cards, postcards, business cards, and framable art. The software offers nine different card sizes including US and international sizes.

The application requires a Power PC G5 with at least 256 MB of RAM running at least Mac OS 10.5 or greater. I tested it using Lion and experienced no problems. It is available as a download, a CD, or can be purchased as a download/CD package. The MSRP is US$39.95. The CD is an additional US$7.99. There is also a demo version available for download.

Using The Product

The steps for creating a product are very simple, but they are not in the order that one would expect, i.e., you don’t start by selecting the style. You start by choosing your photo. It can be from the stock options available in software, or you can easily upload your own. The stock option photos are quite lovely, and you can choose by topic or occasion. You do not have to be concerned about size when uploading unless you try to use an image that is just too small. For example, I uploaded a high resolution photo that was 1200 pixels by 1400 pixels and the software automatically adjusted the photo to fit as needed.

After selecting a photo you choose a verse or write your own. Again, you can choose by topic or occasion. There are numerous choices from which to choose.

The next step is to select your format, size, orientation, font, font size, and font color. Once your project has been created you can add borders or accents, such as the butterfly in the following sample.

Typical greeting card


Typical postcard

You can print or e-mail your project and save it or not, as you choose. When creating post cards, you have the option of importing data from the OS X Address Book.

There are preferences that allow you to make choices about the items that appear on the back side of a project.

There are some limitations. You can not control the size or placement of images for business cards other than put the images at the top or bottom of the card. The following samples show the three styles that are offered — Portrait with large image, Landscape with small image, and Portrait with small image.

Sample business card styles

There are also limitations about placement of photos and text. On the other hand, the software is designed to facilitate attractive, well designed products with a minimum of effort on the part of the user. To achieve the one, the other is required.

Do I recommend it? 

I do. I had fun creating cards and was quite pleased with the results. The finished products were well designed and the layout was attractive. The quality of the in stock images is very good, and it was easy to upload my own images from my desktop. The verses offered as part of the software were also very nice, particularly the “I love you” selections. Since a full version is available as a trial there is nothing to lose by trying it.

Product: Sophie's Cards 6

Company: Sophie's Cards, Inc.

List Price: US$39.95

Pros:

Quickly creates a variety of cards.

Cons:

Some limitations on size.

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4 Comments

aardman

$39.95?!  Think about it, that’s more expensive than OSX Lion.

wab95

Thanks, Nancy.

The site indicates that the minimum requirement is the G5 (I had to do a double-take when I read your piece), but that they recommend an Intel-based Mac, although it is not yet Lion-rated.

As someone who sends cards to family and friends across several major religions and cultural holidays, I miss Apple’s .Mac service. I have played with a few online services and have felt most to be cheesy, tacky and gauche. I have also used Mail’s postcards but these offerings are limited.

Sophie’s offerings look polished and professional. The price is a bit steep, but a well-done card for an important occasion is priceless. Rather than cringing on my next card mailout, I may happily go with Sophie’s choice.

Nancy with Bifocals

$39.95?!? Think about it, that?s more expensive than OSX Lion.

Aardman, I respectfully suggest that you are comparing apples to oranges.  Everyone knows that Apple does not charge the full price that Lion is worth.

aardman

Ms. G., I fully understand that.  But these days when iPhoto, iMovie and Garage Band are $15 each at the App Store, $40 really is steep.  I just think they would make more money selling at around $10.  But I’m no expert so what do I know, yeah?

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