One of the very first freeware applications that I remember downloading, when the Sun first rose on the Internet, was a business card design application. Now, here I am, many years later, reviewing for the first time exactly that – a business card design application.
SpringPublisher 2.1 is a freeware application (upgradeable to a pro version), which allows a user to design and print a Business Card, Flyer, Postcard, and Letterhead with ease. The learning curve is … well, there is no learning curve really. If you can use a word processor; you’re good to go.
The following screen shots represent a walkthrough in designing a business card with SpringPublisher. Clicking on any graphic will expand it to it’s original size. Since these shots were captured on a 22 inch screen, they are very large.
You can create a blank project or alternatively, you may choose to use the Template Library to create a project from a template. In the following example, I’ll work with the template option.
For this walkthrough I’ve chosen the business card style indicated by the hand icon. I should point out, that the “style” you choose can be carried forward into additional projects, including – Letterhead, Postcard and Flyer.
Expanding the following screen shot to its original size will give you an opportunity to carefully study the GUI. I think you’ll find the GUI uncomplicated, easy to follow, and self explanatory.
Clicking on any element within the template opens an edit input box (text, image, shape). In the following example, I’ve just completed work in the address, telephone, email address, etc., edit box. You’ll notice, I’ve replaced the suggested graphic with something a little fancier.
The completed business card is shown below.
But then, since I’m into simple – I replaced the background color with plain white. Which meant, it was necessary to replace the “company name” color with black – very easy to do with the “select color” command.
This simple walkthrough doesn’t begin to test the power built into this application. The “fast facts” will provide a better overall picture of what can be accomplished with a little creativity.
Enables you to add images, texts, vector shapes, logos and arrange them as you like.
Provides various image effect: shadows, opacity, rotation, and more.
Allows you to download high quality templates from the template store.
Makes it easy for you to print your artworks either with your own printer or in professional print shops.
Generates high resolution artwork with a maximum output of 350 dpi.
System requirements: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Win 7
Download at: Developer’s site (SpringPublisher)
I haven’t used this type of application in years, so I’m not surprised to see that SpringPublisher is a major step up from what I recall from back in the day. There are just enough tools and selections available that customization possibilities are considerable – very impressive for a freeware application.
Along with your appearance (that great big smile ), your firm handshake (the dead fish handshake is a no-no), your business card can tell a tale. Make sure it’s the one you want to convey. SpringPublisher is a terrific little application which can help you experiment in developing a card which expresses who you are.
The professional version, with Template Store credits and high-quality output is available from the publisher at $23.95(USD).
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