Smilebox: Software review

Publisher info:
Smilebox is a fun and engaging service that connects you with family and friends using your photos and videos. It's free, easy to use, and the results are amazing. With Smilebox, you can create animated scrapbooks, photobooks, slideshows, postcards, and ecards for any occasion, and email them to anyone. You can personalize and email or blog any design for free. You can also do more by purchasing the premium version of a design or joining Club Smilebox.

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Who is this software for?
Anyone looking for layout ideas and design inspiration
Absolute beginners who wants to see what can be done with digital scrapbooking

Very inspiring, new templates are constantly added.
Great content, quick and easy way to add photos, video and music.
Very simple and fast sharing mechanisms.
Those you send to don't need the application to view your creations.

Not available in other languages.
Ads in the free sharing.
The free version doesn't allow you to print or save as .jpg file.

Smilebox is the software that got me started in digital scrapbooking. I was happy to be able to download the free version, even if there are less sharing possibilities (or sign up for the free 14-days trial). You can view a few pages I made here.

As with many trial version of softwares, you get different features with basic, premium or club versions. Here are the main differences:

The catalog, which holds tons of design templates, has five project categories: Scrapbooks, Slideshows, Photobooks, Postcards, and Greetings.

With this software creating a scrapbook is a matter of a few minutes. Download the design of your choice, upload your images to the left holding area, then use drag-and-drop to place them on the pages. You can zoom, rotate, center, black-and-white and remove photos.

Each template lets you choose music that will play when anyone views the scrapbook. Or you can select none (personally I'm not into music & scrappin'...). Some templates let you select background colors and also add text.

To e-mail your design, you just click Send, then enter the address and a personal message. Smilebox automatically remembers addresses you previously entered. Those you send to don't need the application to view your creations.

So, with all that being said, I think Smilebox should be the first step to anyone starting in digital scrapbooking. However, it's real hidden power is to be a source of inspiration to any seasoned scrapbooker because the layouts are truly amazing..

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About the Author

My name is Rosemarie or known as alias Rosemarie Pixel. I am a photo, digital scrapbooking, and blogging enthusiast. I created this blog in 2009 to share everything I am learning about these three new medias.

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  1. MrsPeel says:

    This is a great review, I also started with Smilebox and was amazed to what the program can do, I payed for the full version though, and used it for a while...until I found out one could do one's own creations, whixh is where I think Smilebox stop having appeal...
    In my opinion, Smilebox is for those who have no time to create their own layouts, because the only possibility with Smilebox is choosing a design and then inserting the photos....
    Only thing one can do is add text, but no possibilities to add stickers, embelishments or start from scratch....
    So, this is, to me, ideal for the beginners (as very well you stated)
    but once one has taken the taste of making one's own templates, layouts.....Smilebox only does it as inspiration. (very right once again!,)


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