Avery Business Card Software – Design Pro Limited

This review of the Avery business card software Design Pro Limited is meant to assist anyone thinking of investing in a business card program. It points out both the good and the bad aspects of the program in order to assist you to make an informed choice.

Design Pro is not just a business card designer. It also caters for projects involving design of labels, cards, signs and banners, organizational and presentation products and badges to name a few. It is therefore versatile and ideal for anyone who is likely to need to do various different projects.

The best part is that it is truly free. Not just free to download as some programs say and then ask for a registration fee once you have installed the program. It is free to download and free to use.

Look and feel
The look and feel of the program is quite intimidating at first site as it ahs a lot of buttons on its interface. But closer examination reveals that they are mostly basic functions that you need, only placed within easy view and reach.

After a while it felt much like a word menu would – practical and simple enough to use.

I found the less than fifty business card templates to choose from quite limited and not too exciting for the most part. However, there are plenty of templates when you consider the other products this Avery Business card software caters for.

Level of technical know how required
The level of technical know how required to use this business card software all depends on what you desire to do and the range of projects you are working on. If you are working on more than just business cards you might need to inverts a little time into getting to know the program better. But this will be easy with the help files available. Everything is intuitive and it doesn’t take much to learn to use the Design Pro Limited.

It is also flexible enough to allow a quick, but professional looking design job in a few minutes with minimal effort.

The default saving format is Design Pro 5.0 (.zdl)

Supported graphic import formats include jphg, bmp, wmf, tif, pcx, pcd, eps, wpg and img. This is a pretty good range of formats and should be adequate for most needs.

Print sheet stock and layout options
Being Avery business card software this package naturally only supports Avery print stock. This is not so bad since they do have quite a variety of stock to choose from.

However, if you want more flexibility then this is not the program for you. You would do better with a program like Business Cards Mx which has almost unlimited stock support.

Graphic design capability
Avery business card software

Some of the features available include serial numbering, date and time, and bar coding features. Mail merge for large or small mailings is possible as well.

The layering capability allows you to superimpose different layers, select which layers you want to see each time. This is great for comparing different design options quickly and easily.

System Requirements
Microsoft® Windows VistaTM, Windows XP®, Windows 2000®, Windows Me®, Windows NT®
4.0 with Service Pack 6a or later, Windows 98® with Y2K update 2 or later
• Internet Explorer 4.01 with Service Pack 2 or later
• PC with Intel® Pentium® or equivalent processor or faster
• 128 MB of RAM or higher
• 200 MB minimum available hard-disk space (800 MB recommended)
• 800 x 600 minimum screen resolution, 16-bit color or better
• CD-ROM drive
• Internet access required to update templates and clip art from the Avery Web site. User isresponsible for all Internet access fees and phone charges.

Value for money
This is the only free business card software I have come across up to this point and believe me I have done a lot of looking.

The catch of-course is that it promotes using Avery paper stock. But that is a small trade off for such great free software.

In terms of overall business card design capability there are a few better products available, but there is enough flexibility to come up with your own great custom cards if you wish.

Overall Score out of five

You can download the Avery business card software at the Avery website

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