TopTenREVIEWS - Silver Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

PrintMaster Platinum 18.1 is an application that has templates, images and basic editing tools for a variety of projects, including calendars. You can create a calendar using one of the 577 calendar templates, or you can make one from scratch. With more than 305,000 images and the option to import your own images, you'll be sure to have a calendar that fits your taste and is unique to you. For these reasons and more, PrintMaster Platinum 18.1 is our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award winner.

Although there's a more recent version of PrintMaster Platinum, version 2011, it doesn't have nearly as many calendar templates. The interface of the 18.1 version is a little outdated, but the application still has great functionality with tools that work properly. If you can look past the older appearance of PrintMaster Platinum 18.1, it will be well worth it because of all the features this calendar software offers.

Design
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9.8/10
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PrintMaster Platinum
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5

This calendar maker software comes with 577 calendar templates, which is hundreds more than most of the other products we reviewed. Whether you need monthly or weekly calendars, PrintMaster Platinum has designs for them. In addition to calendar templates, this calendar making software also has more than 21,000 project templates for designing greeting cards, stationary, stickers and more. The templates for calendars and other projects are more difficult to customize because many of the features on them are not designed to accept editing. However, you can create a calendar from scratch if you don't want to use a template. Keep in mind, though, that the editing tools in this calendar software are basic, so you may not be able to make elaborate calendars.

For pictures, you can import your own images or choose from 305,000 images in the application's library. You'll find photos, clipart and line drawings in the image library. The library has a search feature that makes it easy to find the images you want.

The photo editor allows you to flip or crop an image, remove red eye, rotate or resize an image, make the picture transparent, and zoom in and out. You can also add photo effects including black and white, sepia, blue, red, fisheye, mirror, emboss, sketch and impressionist. The PrintMaster Platinum editor has tools that add a drop shadow, give text a three-dimensional look, and blur or sharpen an image. The photo editor also allows you to brighten or darken your images. You can even correct the gamma in the picture. Another photo editing feature this calendar making software has is the ability to add a mat to the image. You can round the corners of image or change its shape to be a circle, heart, diamond, star and more.

This calendar software comes with more than 600 fonts, so you can create unique projects that look the way you envision them. However, be sure you adjust the text to be the way you want it before you click out of the text box. Once you've written text and moved on to another task, it's difficult to go back and change the color, font face or text size. Within the headline style box, you can change the text's bevel, stroke, shadow and shape.

As we mentioned previously, PrintMaster Platinum 18.1 has an older-looking interface. However, this application is among the best calendar software because it has so many tools and templates compared to the 2011 version of PrintMaster Platinum. It also outperforms many other similar products from different manufacturers.

Features
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8.8/10
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Even though the templates contain a design, they are not populated with dates, so it is up to you to add those. You'll also have to add text to denote special events and holidays. Although this calendar software doesn't automatically add this information, it's still much better than applications that won't even allow you to add information in the calendar date cells.

Several other features that PrintMaster Platinum has are spellcheck and an undo button. While you may think that it's funny for us to point this out, many other applications we tested didn't include these necessary and expected functions. PrintMaster Platinum also has a redo button, which makes this calendar software even more user friendly.

If you create your own calendar, PrintMaster Platinum makes it easy for you. This application enables you to change the order in which objects are layered in your projects. It also allows you to add captions to your calendar images.

The calendars you create in this software aren't meant electronic use. You're supposed to print them. This means that you can't add reminders to alert you to events or daily tasks you can mark off with the click of a mouse. You also can't sync these calendars with Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook or any other calendar software.

Calendar Types
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10/10
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Simply Calenders
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8.8
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The best part about this calendar making software is that you can create a calendar using your own designs or one that PrintMaster has created. You can choose from calendars that hang on your wall or sit on your desk. You can also make custom-designed calendars.

 

 

File Formats
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10/10
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Photo Calendar Creator
Simply Calenders
EZ Photo Calendar Creator 2
Photo Collage Studio
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Custom Calendar Maker
10
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3.8
7.5
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5

You can save your projects in several file formats. This it is helpful if you want to email your calendar, upload it to a website or save it to work on later. PrintMaster Platinum allows you to save your calendars as JPEG, PDF, BMP and TIFF files. This is more options than similar products we reviewed offer.

PrintMaster Platinum Summary:
9.5/10

PrintMaster Platinum 18.1 provides design elements for a variety of projects. It has hundreds more calendar templates than most of the other products we reviewed. This calendar software comes with 305,000 images, more than 600 fonts and basic photo editing tools. With the number of features and editing tools that come with this software, you can create a calendar that's unique every time.

 
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PrintMaster Platinum 18.1

Pros
This application comes with 21,000 project templates, 577 of which are specifically for making calendars. You can import your own images or choose from the 305,000 images in the PrintMaster library that comes with this calendar software.

Cons
These calendars are meant to be printed, not used electronically, so they don't have features such as electronic reminders, tools to check off daily tasks or the ability to sync with other calendar applications.

The Verdict
: 9.55/10

You can choose from thousands of elements and features or import your own images and elements to create a truly unique calendar.