Why spend the time and money on a store bought greeting card when you can make a unique card at home on your Mac? Macs are known for their creative options, and there are numerous types of software available that will allow you to create and print your own greeting cards. In addition to the card making software, you will need a Mac compatible printer and card stock.
The Print Shop for Mac 2
The Print Shop 2 software allows you to create greeting cards, business cards, CD case covers, certificates, banners and many other print projects. It requires Mac OS X v10.2 or later, a CD-ROM drive, 490 MB of free hard disk space, and a 350 MHz or faster processor. Another requirement is at least 192 MB of RAM, although 256 MB is recommended. It offers iLife integration, layout tools, thousands of pictures and numerous templates. Print Shop for Mac 2 won the Best of Show award at MacWorld 2005.
ArcSoft Greeting Card Creator
ArcSoft Greeting Card Creator is software used specifically for creating greeting cards. It is user friendly, and includes hundreds of card designs and suggested phrases for the inside of the card. Photos and clip art can be put on the cards. The cards can be printed or e-mailed. The software requirements are Mac Os X v10.3 or later, Power PC, at least 250 MB of free hard disk space and 64 MB RAM.
Print Explosion Deluxe 3.0
Print Explosion Deluxe 3.0 is an easy to use software application that makes greeting cards, labels, scrapbook pages, certificates, stationary and more. It is loaded with tools and templates, including over 100,000 quality graphics, more than 900 fonts and over 5,000 greeting card designs. It is compatible with iLife and the mail merge integration from the Mac OS X Address Book. Print Explosion Deluxe 3.0 can be used on both Intel and Power PC G3 or faster Macs. The system requirements are Mac OS X v10.2 or later, a DVD drive and 512 MB RAM.
Wondershare iCollage for Mac
Wondershare iCollage for Mac is primarily a scrapbooking application, but it does have the capability to make greeting cards as well. It is an excellent option for making greeting cards with your own photos. It has tools to edit and embellish your photos for the cards. It requires MAC OS X v10.5 or higher, 512 MB RAM and at least a 1 GHz Intel processor.
iPhoto is part of the iLife suite of applications made by Apple for the Mac. New Macs come with this software pre-installed, but it can also be purchased on its own for an older Mac. With iPhoto, you can create cards using your photos. Apple also offers print services, so you can create the card in iPhoto, then have it professionally printed and sent to you. This is a good option for special events, such as invitations or birth announcements. The system requirements for iLife '09 are Mac OS X v10.5.6 or later, Power PC G4 or later with a 867 MHz or faster processor, or an Intel Mac, 4 GB of hard disk space, a DVD drive and at least 512 MB of RAM. 1 GB of RAM is recommended.