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    Quote Originally Posted by srussell View Post
    Yes, you may be right, but part of the problem is the name of the product with "scrapbook" in it. There's a whole other market out there for photo layouts. Long before I did scrapbooking, I was writing photo layout programs under different names, the key word being "photo"

    BTW, I would like to point out that you're getting about 75 prebuilt pages from 30 kits... At the introductory price ($19.97 + shipping), that's about $0.50/template. Can't beat that with a stick. Check out the gallery on the Photospark forum. http://www.photospark.com/gallery/

    Also, BTW... I'm not making any money by promoting Photospark, I just help design content for it.
    Hi Steve
    I agree with your comments as being involved in the UK with both card makers and trditional scrapbookers I have to say that scrapbooking in all guises here has been slow to take off.
    My workshops on digital scrapbooking are not well attended (that may be down to me of course )but when I run digital photo workshops they are over booked.
    I will certainly introduce 'Photospark' at my next session as PSE,PSP etc., have a steep learning curve for beginners.

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    I think I have a better understanding now. Now I make my scrapbook pages in SBM than I take them and put them in a different program to make a slide show and add animated clipart to them and such. So does spark have animated clip art too-or just regular clipart?? This way you are getting premade templates and clipart to make photo shows, whereas SBM is more for making scrapbook pages. Gotcha!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pkdoll View Post
    I think I have a better understanding now. Now I make my scrapbook pages in SBM than I take them and put them in a different program to make a slide show and add animated clipart to them and such. So does spark have animated clip art too-or just regular clipart?? This way you are getting premade templates and clipart to make photo shows, whereas SBM is more for making scrapbook pages. Gotcha!!
    No animated clipart at this time... But creating templates that are specifcally designed for say, NTSC or PAL video is a great idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srussell View Post
    BTW, SBM templates are NOT tranfersable to Photospark, but you can use the templates and content from Photospark with the help of a converter program that is available.
    http://www.photospark.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13
    That's only 1/2 true ... by themselves, sbmax templates and booster packs are not compatible with photospark ... but they can be converted.

    The tool I created (linked to from the above thread) automatically converts PhotoSpark content to Scrapbook MAX! -- but the actual converter can go both directions. If there's a demand for it, I can certainly create an automated tool that can transfer from SBMAX -> PhotoSpark. But for now, the important thing was to create an easy way for our SBMAX users to get the PhotoSpark content into sbmax.

    Desmond.

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    Ok, wasn't aware of that... I can't be right ALL the time!

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    Ya, it's tough.



    Desmond.

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    I sort of have a question pertaining, to some degree, to this thread. However, as I don't wish to hijack this thread, I posted here.
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    Hi All!

    Just wanted to join in the discussion on PhotoSpark and hopefully address some of the questions and comments already made.

    First, I think that Steve and thedogfather (still love that moniker! ) have said it best - there are many people out there who take digital photos and love to play around on the computer but who are not drawn to scrapbooking per se. Now, we think that digital scrapbooking rocks (of course!), but we're also aware of a whole bunch of folks out there who would have fun with Scrapbook MAX!, but may be avoiding it simply because they don't want to "scrapbook".

    Frankly, I think that it's safe to say that there are probably many men out there who would avoid using Scrapbook MAX! simply because "scrapbook" is in the title. (To be sure, our friends Steve, thedogfather, and several other gentlemen on these forums enjoy scrapping with Scrapbook MAX! and are welcome exceptions, but it doesn't take much investigating to see that the female factor far outnumbers our male membership!).

    So the solution is PhotoSpark! We deliberately maintained the fun, ease of use, design space and tools that you find in Scrapbook MAX! because we know you all love it and we think it rocks and works really well. We then carefully incorporated content that we thought would have a wide appeal for both men and women - we focused less on creating "scrapbook-y" elements, and more on templates, clipart and patterns with themes, colors, lines, and textures that would appeal to everyone. In this way, we think we are widening the appeal of digital photo album/scrapbooking software to a whole new audience and letting everyone in on the fun. We think it will have appeal to non-scrapbookers (including a large male segment) who are digital photography enthusiasts. I personally think it will also appeal to teachers who want to use a digital design tool in their classrooms, homeschools, and much more.

    As for the concern that our focus should be limited to making Scrapbook MAX! better, I'd like to assure everyone that expanding interest in all of our products is only good news for Scrapbook MAX!. If PhotoSpark grows as Scrapbook MAX! has (and continues to), it will allow us to dedicate even more time and resources to making all of our products better, including Scrapbook MAX! , - and making our programs rock even more is of course our number one goal!

    So, I will conclude my long winded hurrah for PhotoSpark by encouraging you to check it out and to take advantage of the one-time 50% off offer for current SBM users. Maybe there is a digital photography enthusiast on your list who would love it as a gift, or, as has already been mentioned, maybe you want to get your paws on the cool PhotoSpark content (there's TONS) for use in Scrapbook MAX! - it's one super sweet steal ( I mean, "deal" ).

    Have fun, and happy scrapping!

    Karin

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    I really hear what you're saying, Karin! I've tried often to get people interested in digital scrapbooking, but they say they aren't interested in scrapbooking they just want to play with their digital photos. Taking scrapbooking out of the name and focusing more on photo albums makes loads of sense for those digital picture takers!

    I'm anxious to try it!
    Julie

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    Well I have downloaded the trial and was playing a little bit. Basically it is identical to SBM. Sure you can purchase it at the 1/2 price sale and add more content to your SBM program-at the 1/2 price sale that would be a great deal!! But there would be no sense in having it as a program, because we already have the program. Basically you are just calling it something different, but it does the same. I can understand why you call it something different to market a different group of people~but I would think that you could have marketed SBM differently to reach those people. A lot of companies can market the same product in different ways to reach different groups. I would consider purchasing it if you were able to use it as a decent slideshow program with animated clipart, and being able to pan in and out and do the things a good slideshow program does; but that is not what you made it for, so I don't think that I will purchase it; or if I do it will be just for the content not to use as a program. Sorry but that is just my opinion-and others may think differently. I suggest that you all at least try it-who knows you might like it.

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