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Business Card Composer - Review of Business Card Composer

Business Card Composer includes more than 600 business card designs.

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The Bottom Line

It's easy to criticize Business Card Composer for being a one-trick pony, but what it does, it does very well and very easily.

If you're just launching a business, or you need to make a quick change to the information on your current cards, Business Card Composer can bail you out quickly, easily, and cheaply. It includes a collection of more than 600 business card designs that are easy to customize; surprisingly powerful image editing tools; and support for nearly every paper stock currently available for computer printers. You can also send your business cards to an online printer, for a more professional look.

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Pros

  • Easy to use.
  • Includes a wide variety of designs that are easy to customize.
  • You can customize the supplied clip art and photos or use your own.
  • Supports multiple formats and shapes, including CDs, double-sided, and folded business cards.
  • Integrates with Apple Address Book and iPhoto.

Cons

  • Download version includes few images and no fonts, but only costs $5 less than the boxed version.
  • A little pricey for a product that only does one thing, although it does that very well.
  • Can't create any other collateral products (letterhead, envelopes, etc.).
  • Clip art generally looks like clip art, but you can tweak it a bit or use your own images.

Description

  • Requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
  • Runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
  • Standard edition has 500 designs to choose from; boxed edition includes almost 600 designs.
  • Boxed edition includes 50 Bitstream fonts.
  • Integrates with Apple Address Book and iPhoto.
  • Available as a standalone product or as part of the Printfolio bundle.

Guide Review - Business Card Composer

Whether you work for a large corporation or you're a sole proprietor, business cards are a must-have tool for networking. There's no substitute for having your identity system designed by a professional graphic designer, but let's face it, not every business budget can afford it.

If you're just starting out, or you need to make a quick change to your existing business cards, Business Card Composer may be the perfect solution. It's easy to use and includes just about everything you need, except paper or card stock. You don't even need to enter much in the way of information; Business Card Composer integrates with Apple's Address Book, and can import the necessary information for you or your employees.

Business Card Composer includes a collection of more than 600 business card designs to choose from, and either 700 or more than 24,000 images, depending on whether you buy the download version or the boxed version. It can also import images directly from your iPhoto library. Powerful but straightforward image editing tools allow you to crop, resize, tile, and rotate images; add text, lines, or shapes; control transparency; and apply fills or masks. You can also create foreground and background images.

When you use a supplied template, you run the risk of having your business card look like everyone else's, but Business Card Composer has that angle covered, too. You can take a stock design and customize it as much as you like, or use some of the stock designs as inspiration and start with a blank card.

If you have a color printer, you can have new business cards in a manner of minutes, depending on how quickly you can make design decisions. Business Card Composer supports most of the paper and card stocks currently available for computer printers. You can also set up your cards to send to an online printer, for a more professional look.

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