Editor's note: A newer version of this product is available. The manufacturer lists the new, 64-bit version as offering the following features: commercial use permission for all content, the ability to re-color and change effects in applied backgrounds, the ability to crop icons, updated layers capabilities and more. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version of this product when we next update the photo collage software reviews.
MyMemories Suite is among our favorites in the digital scrapbooking software category, offering affordable, mess-free scrapbooks in a hurry. We’ve waded through quite a few digital scrapbooking applications and MyMemories Suite stands out in many ways. It has earned our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award for its user-friendly workspace, customizable templates and affordable extras.
From start to finish, this software helps you create an electronic scrapbook that is truly your own – even if you use a template. Because all of MyMemories’ templates are adjustable and customizable, you can easily change the canvas size, rotate items, add extra embellishments and adjust layer order to fit your project. MyMemories Suite includes hundreds of papers, embellishments and templates, but you can also download additional items from their online design shop.
Using MyMemories Suite digital scrapbooking software, you can easily create attractive pages in minutes by using their free or purchased templates. You can alter everything on the page. You can copy and replicate design elements like boxes or flourishes, then move them around, rotate and resize them. You can even change the color of template elements to create a whole new look. You can also add paper designs or textures to template items.
This digital scrapbooking software allows you to add text boxes as well as create text art with its Word Art Designer. The text tool includes many fonts, from the popular Arial and Lucinda Sans to the more obscure Vrinda symbols. The word art tool utilizes the fonts available, but you can also rotate the text, select fill types and opacity, and adjust stroke width. Shadowing and beveling effects can be added and text can be arranged to display in ways other than a straight line, such as in a downward or upward arc shape.
This scrapbooking software includes numerous embellishments that can be altered, as well as over 30 album templates, 1,500 paper types and 1,300 page embellishments. One of our favorite features of this software is the color-editing tool. Not only can you simply just pick a color, but you can also adjust HSB and RGB values or use the Color Picker. The Color Picker will display a preview image of your page and you simply select the color you want to match. The gradient tool was especially fun to play with; after you pick your color, you can use it to create customized, gradient color swatches, and you can even adjust the point at which the color starts and in which direction the color will fade.
This digital scrapbooking software does include some basic photo editing tools as well. With MyMemories Suite, you can resize images, crop images, zoom in and out, and reduce red eye. You can also add image effects such as black and white, sepia, mirroring, and embossing. The photo editing tools included with this software are suitable for most basic editing; however, for advanced editing you might want to use a professional, photo-editing application.
The design shop is where the design fun really begins. The free pages and templates that come with the software really are just a teaser compared to what you can get online. And MyMemories Suite even offers numerous free downloads. You can also purchase templates, papers and full packages. They offer over 50,000 downloadable products. That includes templates, papers, embellishments – some are free and some cost extra. They feature 150 designers that all have a distinctive style to help create a varied collection for you to choose from. Even if you do not own a copy of MyMemories Suite, you can still download and utilize the designs they offer.
The most recent version of MyMemories does not offer tools for adding links, audio clips or video to your scrapbooking projects. The lack of multimedia tools may be a drawback if you value those aspects for your final designs, but not everyone does.
MyMemories Suite includes quite a few sharing options. Of course you can print your creations with your printer, but you can also export them as JPEG, PNG, or PDF. You can also create photo albums, greeting cards, trading cards and calendars. MyMemories Suite also provides a printing service that can assemble professionally printed and bound photo albums in a variety of sizes. You can choose from hardcover, softcover and leather-bound books. A handy feature is the ability to export shapes in an SVG format. You can then import the SVG image into your electronic cutting machine’s library to cut the shape out of your favorite scrapbooking paper. This feature blends the digital and physical scrapbooking world nicely.
As with most software, there is a bit of a learning curve involved when first using this digital scrapbooking software. When testing a few of the features, we had to experiment to find out how to do things like utilize the Word Art Designer or add a link and have the mouseover text appear. The help pages were extremely useful, easing the learning curve. Search for any topic and a list of helpful suggestions will greet you. For example, we searched for help with word art and several articles like “Adding Word Art” and “Editing Word Art” popped up. The help article then breaks down the process into steps, sometimes including images to assist in comprehension.
Basic functions, like adding images, changing colors, or importing and exporting images, are simple and do not require a visit to the help pages. One of the things we liked is that the more we played with the software, the more we found out what it could do. We had zero trouble adding images from the internet, the image files or the desktop. We especially enjoyed the functionality of MyMemories Suite’s right-click option. When you right-click on a photo or other object you will have option to group separate layers, adjust layer order, edit the image properties and more. Some competitors have a few tools available when you right click – cut, copy and paste – but MyMemories makes the layering tools and other sophisticated tools readily available.
This digital scrapbooking software comes with a PDF user guide and searchable help files, and you can acquire free updates online. You can also read through helpful FAQs posted online or contact the manufacturer by email. MyMemories Suite posts their own blog with featured bloggers, promotional codes and feature highlights. You can also follow them on Twitter or visit their Facebook page. One of the best help and support resources is MyMemories Suite’s YouTube channel where they have several videos showing step-by-step instructions on the software’s most used features.
MyMemories Suite has everything we were looking for in digital scrapbooking software. The user-friendly layout and intuitive tools mean any level of scrapbooker can create a fantastic final product. You can alter nearly every template and download new pages, kits and embellishments from their design store – the options are endless. Bottom line, the software is easy to use and a pleasure to work with.
You can customize your collage or scrapbook page to any dimension you want.
There aren't multimedia tools for adding music, video and links.
MyMemories Suite’s templates are all adjustable and customizable, and the finished product can be exported into almost any file type you’d want.