Smilebox has quickly become top digital scrapbooking software and continues to rise through the ranks. It has one of the most user-friendly interfaces, which is also entirely too complicated as it takes you through menu after slow loading menu. Whatever shortcomings might have could be as a result of it focusing on a number of different things besides scrapbooking. While it's a versatile utility that's capable of doing a number of different things, it doesn't excel in any particular area. We enjoyed the finished products it gave us and would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who wants to create an engaging scrapbook. However, it needs to refine its scrapbooking efforts to become a true competitor in this category.
The appeal and flexibility of Smilebox are hard to beat. Any shortcomings it may have are eased with its bright and colorful interface and dynamic designs. If you need additional ideas, you can download new designs from them whenever you want. Being able to customize your projects a little more would be helpful, but it's already outstanding in the area of customization. We found that what we created with this program was better than most of the programs on this list. Unfortunately, the scope of what scrapbooks we could create was limited due to scrapbooking being only one part of the program's features. Don't think you're not going to get a superb scrapbook from this program though.
Smilebox didn't have any importing options other than the ability to bring in music, video and pictures from your hard drive, which are common among digital scrapbooking software. It lacked any importing feature we used to rate the programs in this category.
The design process in Smilebox has four steps: Choose, Personalize, Preview and Share, Print, or DVD. In the first step, you choose the design you want for your project, whether it be from your hard drive or the fabulous designs offered with the program. Next, you're given the option to personalize your project, which includes options to add 1-2 songs of music, an overlay title, transitions and change the speed of your project. Once you have all of these settings inputted, you can preview your project in step three of the process. You have to pay a little more to get your project in a larger form. The basic, free design includes an advertisement positioned next to your project. When you're all done, you can choose from one of many sharing options it gives you in the Share, Print, or DVD step.
Smilebox has a number of different options for selling your project and they include:
We thought this program was pretty easy to use, but that the menus could be a little smoother. Figuring out what needs to be done is pretty self-explanatory. The loading times for each menu are a little frustrating at times though. This could be because of the animated designs that are common with this program. The designs in this program could be altered in minor ways to improve loading times.
Users can take advantage of the troubleshooter and knowledge base offered on Smilebox's website. The troubleshooter picks out certain aspects of the program and details how they work in an informative, step-by-step format. If you want to get in touch with the program's manufacturer, you can submit a ticket through their support ticket system. The response times for this system are respectable, but more contact options are needed. They have a blog and profiles on Facebook and Twitter. No contact options exist from any of these three areas.
Smilebox is up-and-coming digital scrapbooking software that will soon overtake its competition. While we liked what we created with this program, its loading times and lack of importing options tarnished its ranking in this category. Improvement in both of these areas would go a long way.