Test with Scrapbook Max Software
First, we want to personally thank Brett Kapilik,
Vice President at Indigo Rose Software, the makers
of the new easy to use software -
Scrapbook Max. Brett and his team recently
PrincessCrafts to see if we were interested in
testing their software with our more than 5000
digital scrapbook quick build templates and to
consider providing new template packs for their
Scrapbook Max software.
Here's the results of those tests
I must say that we are impressed with how easy it is
to create really beautiful digital scrapbooks with
We've actually posted our first two 8.5x11"
templates for all the
Scrapbook Max software users on their Community
We started out by using a couple of templates from
BabyScraps.com baby book scrapbook collection.
babyscraps 1, we just took one of our templates
and inserted it like any other photo or image on top
of a plain pink background. The two frames and the
puzzle pieces are transparent and will allow you to
easily put photos behind them in the layers. We
loved how easy this was to do.
babyscraps 2, we used one of our solid
background templates as the background on the page.
Now you can put anything you want on top. It was a
simple task to use a couple of the hundreds of
elements and frames that came with the software to
create a totally finished page in under five
I also want to add that this was probably the
easiest way we have found to create a totally
finished custom scrapbook page. The fact that it
took less than five minutes from start to finish,
including our photo's and a bit of journaling made
this an easy must have program recommendation.
The other thing we absolutely loved about
Scrapbook Max was it's export/import utilities.
With these built in tools, sharing your templates
with others is a simple two step process. Just take
your finished pages, choose the "File" "Export to
Template" function, fill in your file information
and save. Then, anyone that wants To use your new
template, just has to double click on the file to
install it automatically to your software.
If you upload it to the internet, all they need to
do is to click on the link in the "Web Page" (the .smt
file). When your Web browser asks you what you want
to do with the file, click the "Open" button
(Internet Explorer or Opera browsers) or choose
Scrapbook MAX!" and click OK (Firefox browser).
Once the file has downloaded, you should see a
message that tells you that the template has been
successfully installed. It will now be available the
next time that you create a new project or page.
It doesn't get much easier than that.
For our next test...
This time we took a matched set of templates from
TwasTheNightScrapbook.com site and put them into
a two page scrapbook layout in the digital scrapbook
software... both pages in the same file. It's really
Scrapbook Max lets you have up to 200 pages in
the same file.
This worked really easy for creating a set of
digital templates for
Scrapbook Max. The only problem we found is that
it only generated one image (the first page) when we
saved it as a template. While this has no affect on
those using the software for their own personal use,
if you want to show someone samples of all the pages
inside the one file you will need to manually create
the small thumbnail images yourself.
I generated a second image file for our computer
scrapbook template from the original PNG file we
used for the second page. It makes for a little
extra work, but it's worth it to show all the pages
in the file for web display.
Again, we posted the free digital scrapbook set to
Scrapbook Max Community Forum. I hope you like
this set from our first Storybook Scrapbook site....
Well, it was bound to happen, it's hard to find
anything that does it all well.
Our tests finally found a small glitch in the
software. It seems that
Scrapbook Max doesn't recognize transparent
areas in GIF format files. Oh well, nothing's
perfect and the ease of use definitely out ways this
Our wish for the next version will be that they fix
this small bug and that they add an eraser so that
you can create your own transparent areas in your
Our test sample this time came from our
PrincessCrafts.com site where we have an
assortment of over 1300 templates in all different
categories. Unfortunately, all the current
transparent templates on the site are in the GIF
format to make them compatible with more of the
older software programs out there. The backgrounds
still work great though and all our new pages that
we add, more than 50 a month, are in the new PNG
format. So, in time, the whole site will be fully
Scrapbook Max even if they never fix the GIF
To fix our template to use with Scrapbook Max, we
had to bring the frame page back into our
PaintShopPro software. We used the PaintShop Pro to
change it to a PNG format so that the transparent
areas would work properly. We did this just because
we still wanted you to have the matched set of cute
Just like the other sets in our
digital scrapbook template testing, we posted
the finished set to the Community Forum so everyone
can download and use them in their own computer
As our testing the software continued this
weekend... here's what we tried next:
We created our first real
Scrapbook Max digital computer scrapbook page
Instead of providing the pages as a complete quick
build page template, we took one of our original
Black-n-White Lace PrincessCrafts.com templates
and turned it into a full
Scrapbook Max page kit with all the pieces
The background, transparent frames, shadowed text
box and embellishment element is a separate piece in
the file. You can move them around, remove pieces or
add more. The final page layout is totally up to you
this way. It takes more time to create your final
pages this way, but you can now create an almost
endless amount of page variants for your scrapbook
When I saved it as a template for upload to the
Community Forum, I made it with page one set up
for 8.5x11 and page 2 set up for 12x12. Hope you all
get a chance to download this set and enjoy our
first full Scrapbook Max page kit.
For our last test on the software to date, we
downloaded and tested their Element Kit creation
tool that they provide for free on the site. Here's
what we found:
When testing the Element Packaging tool from the
Scrapbook Max site we found it very easy to use
for small numbers of elements/embellishments. The
software worked well for small groups of elements
and embellishments less than 5 or 6. It really gets
to be too much putting the files in one at a time
and needing to click through the directory path each
time when adding lots of elements to a pack.
We found that copying the .ini file (also provided
on the site separately) into the directory where the
elements are and making just the couple of changes
inside that file with a text editor and then using
winzip to get them all at the same time was 20 to 30
times faster. Rename to .smb and you're done... if
you didn't specify that name in the first place,
Just in case you didn't get the hidden message
Scrapbook Max uses standard zipped file formats
for it's install files, they just have different dot
three names on the end to tell the software what to
look for in the file. The extra .ini file that you
put inside the elements packs is nothing more than a
text file that tells the software who created the
file, any copyright info and what to name the new
directory inside the elements area on your hard
I know this doesn't mean anything to those of you
that only make scrapbook pages for themselves, but
for those that want to provide templates and
elements for others... this is HUGE! Now you
have an easy way to provide your materials and it
automatically gets installed on the end users
machine where they know where they are and how to
That's Gold from our standpoint.
Just to let you all know, we used a set (complete)
of some hi-resolution scrabble style letters and
numbers that Kathy made for our
www.PC-ScrapbookElements.com site. They're on
the Community Forum under Embellishments if you
would like to get them for yourself.
Our Final Comments:
Scrapbook Max to be the easiest software we have
ever used to create digital scrapbook page projects.
It contains almost everything that the beginner to
even advanced scrapbooker needs.
It has options to save to templates so you can share
with others, save to CD or DVD, Save to html for web
pages and even automatically send in e-mails with
your pages optimized (made small enogh in file size)
for sending. Sending pages to grandma never was so
easy before. We should also point out that you can
also use the built in tools in the software to
create video CD/DVD shows that you can play in most
all DVD players and screensavers for use on any
windows compatible computer...
While we wish it was compatible with GIF and a
couple of other graphics formats that allow
transparent areas, at less than $40.00, you
can't beat the value.
Scrapbook Max it's highest recommendation and
will begin to provide our templates, kits and
Elements in compatible packs for Scrapbook Max.
If you are just getting started with digital or
computer scrapbooking, and especially if you have
ever found traditional scrapbooking to be to hard
and to expensive, then
Scrapbook Max and
PrincessCrafts Membership sites are your best
choice to preserve your treasured memories for
generations to come.
Wes Waddell and his wife Kathy, own PrincessCrafts
and it's association of 9 digital scrapbook
membership sites. Easy to use software and high
quality custom digital scrapbook page downloads is
what scrapbooking has always aspired to be...
inexpensive, simple and no cleanup afterwards.
your Special Scrapbook Max Membership Here!
P.S. Buy Scrapbook Max through
one of the links on this page and I'll give you a
FREE 1 year membership to our BabyScraps.com
Membership site. Just send me your receipt number
in a quick e-mail and I'll get you set up.
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