For family fun -- including creating greeting cards, scrapbook pages and CD labels -- reviews recommend The Print Shop 23 Deluxe. Reviewers praise the built-in photo editing, video editing and media-management tools, and praise the sheer quantity of templates and graphics that come with the software. The options to make PDF files and borderless prints are also advantages. Owners give The Print Shop 23 Deluxe mixed reviews, with about half complaining of major problems, and expert reviews note that technical support is the software's weak point. Experts also say the templates aren't suitable for business use. For small-business publishing and more sophisticated home use, consider Serif PagePlus X5 (*Est. $75).
We found the best reviews of the latest version of The Print Shop 23 Deluxe at Computer Shopper and at TopTenReviews.com. Owners review quite a few versions at Amazon.com, highlighting problems not noted elsewhere. Older versions of The Print Shop Deluxe receive expert reviews at PCMag.com and CNET, with comments that are still useful.
1. Computer Shopper
The Print Shop 23 Deluxe earns a rating of 8.4 on a 10-point scale at Computer Shopper, based on a full review. The varied projects and huge number of templates earn praise, but the interface is still judged as awkward and inefficient.
Review: The Print Shop 23 Deluxe, David English, November 2008
The Print Shop Deluxe gets top ranking among "print creativity" software for fun home projects and ranks second for greeting cards -- with high ratings on all counts: features, image tools, text tools, ease of use and support. The main drawback noted is that to use the excellent tutorials, you have to print them out, since you can't read them and play around with the software at the same time
Review: The Print Shop Deluxe 2.0, Editors of TopTenReviews.com
More than 80 users review The Print Shop 23 Deluxe here, giving it an overall rating of 3 out of 5 stars. Roughly half the users are satisfied, but some complain about a variety of problems with installation, slow printing and poor technical support. The less advanced Mac version earns the same mixed ratings.
Review: Broderbund The Print Shop 23 Deluxe, Contributors to Amazon.com
This much earlier version of Print Shop Deluxe earns an Editors' Choice award, based on comparisons with three other desktop publishing programs. The reviewer tests it by starting with a template, concluding that the built-in photo and video editing software is excellent.
Review: The Print Shop Pro Publisher Deluxe, Version 15, Christina Wood, Feb.1, 2003
This expert review covers an even older version of Print Shop Deluxe, giving it an overall rating of 3.5 out of a possible 5 stars. The main criticism is that the templates aren't suitable for business use, but users rate it a bit higher -- saying that it's fine for family fun once you learn to use it.
Review: Print Shop Deluxe 12.0, Gregg Keizer, Nov.14, 2001