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This review is from: Encore Software ClickArt 1.5 Million
Pros: The art in this collection is really quite good for scrapbooking and personal projects and decent for professional projects. It is actually worth the money. The search program works. Seriously!, these are some very good pieces of clip art. I would give a 5 star rating if the cons were not present.
Cons: The search works but is not as precise as required. For example, if you wished to find Nature photos, you must not use "nature" as the search word or you will miss numerous photos that are "natural". You must use "natur" as the search criteria. This is simply because the library of search terms is not precise. If you want a pinecone, you cannot search for pine, or cone, or pinecone or pine cone because SOME of the pine cone pictures are under the search word coniferous. The second drawback is brutally annoying. ANY copy or Export of ANY picture with a transparency is copied and or exported with a background color merged thus making the transparency useless. There is no option for maintaining the transparency under any copy or export regardless of file format. VERY ANNOYING! The work around is to find the file of interest with the search program and use some other form of copy or conversion or drag and drop method to preserve transparency. There is a large volume of strangers faces
Other Thoughts: The program is designed to wear out your optical drive as fast as is possible by forcing you to constantly swap discs to see full size versions of the art. HOWEVER!!!! The program Does Provide Thumbnails of All pictures and does not require disc swapping if the thumbnail will suffice. I have two suggestions. 1. A Macintosh version since Apple will allow you make as many disc images as you wish thus sparing your optical drive. 2. For Windows XP and Vista users, make disc images of these discs if you require more than just a thumbnail or you will quickly be replacing your optical drive, one of the weakest components of your computer.
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