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Type of Program: Graphics
Supported Platforms: Win9x/ME/XP/NT 4.x/2000
Authors Name: Digilabs
Version: 1.9
Price: 29.95
Installed Size: 45.7 MB


CalendarPro allows you to easily create your own custom designed calendars that you can print on your desktop printer or send to the author DigiLabs for professional printing. Once the 7 day trial expires you'll no longer be able to print your own but if you send a design in for printing by DigiLabs you'll receive a license key. The price is $29.95 to print one calendar with discounts for quantities. They print professional quality 12x18 calendars using the CMYK 4-color process.

Installation is straightforward and if you don't already have the required Java Runtime 1.4 component it's installed as well. One thing I thought was a little cheesy was the nag screen for the shareware installer that's used. Another is that the user guide is a PDF document which is rather unconventional. The program interface is sleek and uncluttered with a toolbar that has drop down menus for Month, Year and Template and buttons for New, Open, Save, Undo and Zoom in/out. Another toolbar gives access to all functions/options via the File, Edit, Personalize and Help menus. There are 19 templates to get you started but most (15) are in the 12x18 format that can't be printed on the average desktop printer. You can make a standard top binding calendar or a "double" with center binding. Practically every aspect of a template can be customized from the Personalize menu or by double clicking or right clicking an item in the template.

I was able to create a great looking calendar in a matter of minutes.

You can add one or more pictures which you can drag to resize but you are limited to jpgs or gifs so you'll have to convert bmp and other formats first.

One thing I wish they had included in the image open dialog is a preview function. There's an option to insert US, French, Chinese, Canadian, German, Muslim, Jewish, Spanish, Mexican or UK holidays. You can insert your own events like birthdays, anniversaries etc. and there's a large choice of clip art like birthday cakes, hearts and such, or you can use your own. The user guide is thorough and has some good info on image color size and resolution but it has some typos and grammatical errors which I always find annoying in help files.

It's fun making your own custom calendars and with the holidays coming up they would make nice gifts. It's fast easy and the price is reasonable. Try this one, I'm sure you'll like it.

Please send your questions or comments on this review to: Lain O'Siodhachain

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