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Giveaway of the day — Magic Collage 2.3

Magic Collage lets you to create impressive photo collage automatically in a few clicks!
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Magic Collage 2.3 was available as a giveaway on September 25, 2012!

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Magic Collage is an automatic and easy to use photo collage creator software that lets you to create impressive photo collage automatically in a few clicks! Magic Collage creates photo collages by using a special photo processing engine that can automatically place and arrange the photos from different graphic, shape and text that you specified.

Feature:

  • Create photo collages automatically from graphics and text.
  • Real-time result preview.
  • Intuitive user interface.
  • Save photo collages as Photoshop file(*.psd).

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ 2000/ 2003/ Vista/ 7; .NET Framework

Publisher:

PixelApp Studio

Homepage:

http://www.pixelapp.com/Magic-Collage.htm

File Size:

7.57 MB

Price:

$26.95

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#38

I encountered a bad link--when doubleclicking the download link I was shown the dialog for copying text, When I rightclicked the link it sowed a zip but would not download (0 bytes). I am uusing Opera which I have used forever with GOTD. The time was 11:23 pdt Sept 26. I tried the same on IE9 and Chrome with the same results. It was not my modem nor internet connection because I could download EXEs from bitsdujour during that same time. I tried different options until 12:05 pdt. I reside in Northern California and never have encountered this on the GOTD site before. I don't normally write and submit comments. Because of the unique nature of the Magic Collage giveaway, I'm wriiting to see if anything can be done. Thanks in advance.

Reply   |   Comment by FreeBrother  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#37

#9, JohnnyCool: I believe that is what I said... PSP 7 placed a limit of handling the first 100 layers while PSP X2 did not and the Irfanview version I used refused to render it at all. THen told people to be aware that not all PSD handling programs will cope with the high number of layers. Of course PhotoShop should be able to handle all the layers... Technically it does not have to have one image placement per layer to allow individual component image placements to be deleted, as long as none are touching each other within any given layer one can use the magic wand selection tool to perform individual selections easily since each layers background is transparent. As it is it allows maximum flexability in that if the editing software handles all the layers each image placement becomes fully editable, one can move each layer around and fine tune the placements, not just selectively delete placements.

Personally I'd like to see at least 4 or better still 16 or 32 levels of greyscale when converting a real image into a template and then the selected images chosen for inclusion could be sampled to learn their average brightness or relative location in the greyscale used and also be resized to produce the effect of simulating the approximate greyscale. Orientation of a component image could be done to further improve visual rendering of the custom template, i.e. in most cases the placed images have to represent a significant pixel area and the component images will have light and dark parts and the compnent image could be oriented to aproximate the pixel patern it's intended to represent and not just be a random rotational placement of a randomly selected component image.

Plenty of scope for product development and improvment, shame it's stagnated for 2 years!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#36

This is a good freeware program! Thanks GAOTD & MagicCollage!

As for @33, you need to be THANKFUL, not STUPIDIOUS! Giovanni is not self-proclaimed KING OF FREEWARE but proclaimed as such by myself and the many other readers of GAOTD who don't have the red ... !! Get some Vaseline, man! It will not only help what you sit on, BUT your ATTITUDE as well

Get my drift?!
Dr. Keith D. Swartz

Reply   |   Comment by Keith Swartz  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#35

Please help me. I am not yet able to install it as it says some of the files could not be created.

Reply   |   Comment by Sanjay Singh  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#34

@ Giovanni

Could you please stop posting irrelevant and confusing stuff when you are dispensing your pseudo advice regarding alternatives to the daily giveaways?
Today you blew it again by suggesting a number of alternatives which in fact are not alternatives at all. Most of them are completely different tools with completely different purpose and different functions.

I must say that as a self-proclaimed super king of freebies you did a very poor job with your “advice” today.

Reply   |   Comment by im  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#33

When did this site become Giovanni of the Day? It just seems I could go to any of many free-site compilers if I was looking for an exhaustive freebie list(but I won't make a lengthy list of them here).

Don't personally care for collages. It seems like one step short of throwing the pics in a garbage can, but I have used the Magic Skin Filter title and thought it was a fun, descent bit of picture enhancement for the casual user.

Reply   |   Comment by 1morX  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#32

An example of real (true)collage maker could be one of so called scrapbook makers CraftArtist (freeware):
http://www.daisytrail.com/free_stuff.html
As you can see scrapbooks are photo collages with (some times too much?) frames, clipart and other embellishments added.
Several free templates (called "digikits") are included and more can be downloaded (but most of them are not! free)
But, of course you can make your very own scrapbooks from scratch.
For any of many other similar programs just search for scrapbook maker or so.
Another tip: pretty powerful photo editor (making a collage is just one of its many capabilities)
Photo Pos Pro (free, ad supported)
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Editors/Photo-Pos-Pro.shtml
From menu choose File/New/Collage ...

Good luck!

Reply   |   Comment by Kody  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#31

@ #2 and others - I have found that the GOTD software given away reverts to trial status under two conditions: 1) Updating occurs to the software (turn off auto updates or don't allow software to communicate with the web) and 2) Important registry keys are deleted by mistake when cleaning the registry. There may other ways for it to happen, but I've only encountered those. - George

Reply   |   Comment by George  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#30

I think the program, barring the yellow user interface (?!), is pretty great. I used the text feature and loved what I came up with.

I'm confused with the output size functions though. At first I thought that the biggest collage output size was 5000px, which is way too small for print size, but that option only makes your photos 5000 pixels, I guess. I wish there were an option to export the collage to a size I chose inside the program, and not have to import the collage into another graphics program to crop or resize. I also think it needs a zoom tool so I can see how the photos look closeup. Some of my images were not very large, and once I set the picture size to 5000 pixels (so at least I would have the largest possible collage to size down in Photoshop), many of them lost quality. I had to export the collage several times because everything is such a guessing game inside the program. I'd like to have an option to set the pictures to inches as well, for print purposes. Not everything lives on the web :)

To improve this program, it needs an option for inches for sizing the photos, output sizing options inside the program itself for inches and pixels, a zoom tool, a way to know how large the entire collage is as you work, and and a gray interface that won't compete with the collage image. I may have more after playing a bit, but I don't have time for much more than that right now :)

Thanks for the giveaway!! I'm sure I will use this. I already have something I am trying to size for printing after first use. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Gina  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#29

I found that SHAPE COLLAGE and GOOGLE PICASA (both of which are FREE) provide me with easy to use tools to create photo collages to suit my needs. I'm finding that most of the "giveaways" have a free alternative if you just search the web and do a little investigation.

Reply   |   Comment by CarolB  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#28

I found this program list in my programs installed but when I tried to open it I got an error trying to install it. Either I deleted it or it was reoved some way.
I just finished downloading with no problem & registered it once I figured out the correct steps.

Reply   |   Comment by william neurauter  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#27

WOW ! Though I have to agree on the aged and color of the interface... this program is very cool indeed. Easy to use, tons of adjustments can be made, and the results are a really great quality ! I just made the largest picture EVER,11636 x 8636 pxls. and it took about 45 seconds to produce. Any program that I can use as easily and quickly as that, gets two thumbs up from me. Thanks so much ! KEEPER !!

Reply   |   Comment by JPod  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#26

To add to my comments already applied...

If you want a large assortment of shapes for a Collage without having to go through and create silhouettes, try using the TEXT feature of this program. I just noticed it, and it does quite well in interpreting the odd fonts out there.

An interesting Font I have installed and used to test this feature was "Ancientry Design" or "Wing Dings" and various versions of it used as text, etc.. Some interesting patterns can be obtained.

Reply   |   Comment by Pandine  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#25

Good freeware alternative: Picasa. I have made some nice collages with it. And Picasa has many other photo editing, optimizing, and organizing features as well.

Reply   |   Comment by Neil from Ohio  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#24

Giovanni, do you have any suggestions for COLLAGE makers? The suggestions you made were for MOSAIC makers.

I would love to have the name of a topnotch, tested COLLAGE program, even if it costs money.

Reply   |   Comment by Peg  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#23

Installed and registered fine. Waiting to be tried.
One thing is: how can I change the gory yellow/organgey skin of the
program. It's hurting the eye.

Reply   |   Comment by davidyo  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

Pandine: ... and it can expand the output image to room size posters if you are so inclined, without loss to quality.
Well, that's not entirely true (see their examples), but I'm certainly impressed by Photo Zoom Pro! Thanks for the tip.

Reply   |   Comment by dany  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#21

Is there any secret of getting rid of the "Magic Collage - Trial Version" at the bottom when you print the.JPG? Tnx GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Pepper  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#20

If you need this sort of thing to create Collage Patterns for tiling, it works great...and isn't that the point of the manufacturer creating this opportunity for you, so you can test it for nothing.

No Bugs, No Glitches...did what was expected of it.

Some of the above, "How would you improve Magic Collage 2.3?" suggestions tells me that people didn't even try the software before making a suggestion.

I made a few Patterns using photo editing to create the same style Black Pattern/White Background, and they all work just fine as import templates. So, the ability to make your own "IS" possible. Changing the density does a good job of enhancing the pattern used based on number of images processed.

Processing is not done in the blink of an eye, but well within a reasonable time limit. This of course would depend on your computers graphics processing ability.

The Output of 96dpi suffices even if you did not have a program that can take it well beyond that point, such as http://www.benvista.com Photo Zoom Pro. I happen to have Photo Zoom Pro and it can expand the output image to room size posters if you are so inclined, without loss to quality.

Image processed using the output as produced by the Magic Collage:
Results Maximized:
Increased to 12500dpi
Print Size: 10416.6667 x 10416.6667
Uncompressed Size when saved : 2.73tb

I of course did not save it, but programs to do such things are out there.


WIN7 Ultimate 32/64

Reply   |   Comment by Pandine  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#19

Just uninstalled it, it requires .NET Framework. Not for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Greg  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)
#18

@#8 - Giovanni's contributions are altogether superb and as informative as they are copious. Why the barb, especially as the site he referred to DOES offer a collage-maker on its landing page?

Google "good manners" and "helpfulness". He apparently has.

Reply   |   Comment by jmjsquared  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)
#17

When this was previously offered, I set it going on a huge number of images (something like ten thousand, if I recall) and let it crank. It ran for four and a half days and ultimately produced a fascinating output image. So the program certainly works - this was a preposterous test and the program passed with flying colors.

I'd guess collages are not going to be of frequent use to most of us, but this program can fill that need.

Art

Reply   |   Comment by Art Shapiro  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#16

@Giovanni,
the excess size of the program is due to the new GOTD wrapper. I think that all of the .zip folders we download are now about 7 MB bigger than the downloads from the developers' sites. Thanks for the alternatives.

Reply   |   Comment by Watcher1924  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#15

Check out the mosaizer page and you will see they do have a collage maker.

Reply   |   Comment by Judi  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#14

This college look good, If it save as a fotoshop file do I need fotoshop to make it work ? I'll give it a try. thank

Reply   |   Comment by Stortch  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
#13

Actually just used it as I needed a collage for a website slide. Saved me a considerable amount of time and doesn't look too bad. Although, I would prefer if the output image resolution could be increased even further so it can be used for print media as well. But thanks anyway. Saved me some time :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Andy  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#12

Installed and registered without problems on Win 7 64-bit.

Nice. Everything works and the results are pretty good. Took a while to load 550 MB worth of highres photos but oh well. Ended up with a roughly 9000x6500 px image and it looks decent. Unfortunately output is at 96 DPI so don't get your hopes up when printing it as a poster... There's no control over this, unless maybe you'd export to PSD, but I haven't tested this.

One flaw imho though. The horrible interface and the lack to change it. I know this is somewhat geared towards children and their parents but still.

Nevertheless, thumbs up from me. Thanks PixelApp Studio and GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by dany  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#11

I too found my previous installation of the same version had reverted to a "trial version". I just used the "reg. key" included with this download to re-register.
As it's the same version, not sure how long it will last this time, but worth a try.

Reply   |   Comment by Nigel Walford  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#10

10 out of ten for this GAOTG. Installed and registered with no problems. No unwanted toolbars or adware. Easy and intuitive to use - I produced my first trial collage within a couple of minutes.

I thought this might be a bit gimmicky but can now see myself using it for greetings cards etc. It's dead easy to use: you just select the shape or outline you want the collage to take and then select the photos you want it to be composed of. Click a button and your collage is created and ready to be saved as a .jpeg file.

There are advanced options if wanted and you can also create your own graphics for outlines. A really neat little utility.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris H  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)
#9

@TK
I just did a test collage, saved it as a PSD and opened it in Abobe CS5. Lots of layers, of course. Turning some of them off enables you to remove images you don't want.

Maybe your "problem" has to do with the way PSP7/X2 handles layers. The layers in CS5 come up fine (for me).

Reply   |   Comment by JohnnyCool  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)
#8

#1 Your alternatives are MOZAIC software, not COLLAGE makers. This a SHAPE making COLLAGE maker, which is different again. Your Googling needs much improvement (haha).

As a collage SHAPEMAKER this is very good. Apart from the gallery provided, which is very limited, you can add your own shapes by using the editing feature.
If, like me, you are hopeless at drawing shapes you can Google for silhouettes and use them instead. There are thousands to be found.
The best feature is ability to have a transparent background as well as adding your own. Saving with a transparent background means you can put your collage shape over any picure you want later in different photo software.
The shaped photo output doesn't look like much until you print it out on a large scale. The posterize output, found in most printers now along with cheap internet ink, means you can print a large multi-page photo collage shape that is ideal for parties etc.
This is a thumbs up for me and will join my collection of collage and mozaic makers.
IMPROVEMENTS
Add ability to move and resize the shape to fit in better with background picture.
Add abilty to zoom into the finished collage shape before saving.

Reply   |   Comment by DenisX  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+49)
#7

@ Giovanni
Loss of opportunity:
DreamSuite Mosaic - http://www.autofx.com/freeplugins/mosaic.asp?id=21

Reply   |   Comment by Rozario_Agro  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#6

Installed on Windows 7x64. No problem. Created a collage from a random picture folder, saved it as a PNG and it's brilliant !

Reply   |   Comment by JohnnyCool  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#5

@Giovanni

I find your alternative suggestions very useful'
However, in this case, most of the free alternatives you mention are for creating mosaics, not collages. There's a big difference between the two.

Having said that, I will download and try this GOTD. It looks better to me than the "effectmatrix/Free Photo Collage" thing.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnnyCool  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)
#4

does not seem to be bragged about in the marketing but when you are in Shape | Graphic mode if you press open you can browse your own pictures for a suitable template which you fine tune by a threshold setting to turn it into a black and white template which you can then create a new collage with...

I just created a test PSD with it and the saved PSD was nothing like what was shown on screen, the PSD file wase very sparse and no overall shape was defined while the drak areas of the imported template from a jpg was well defined and fully populated with the source pictures. Ah I see what it is doing... badly it is assigning a single layer to EACH component image and at least in PSP7 there is a limit to what can be managed and rendered and only the first 100 layers are used. PSP X2 and later probably are able to address more layers 1093 in the test sample rendering, just be aware that not all PSD handling tools will see all the image layers. Irfanview 4.25 is unable to render it properly either, no idea about the latest version I dont like newer versions look and feel so stick with the older one that mostly works how I need.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#3

I have this from an earlier giveaway

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/magic-collage-2/

August 17th 2010 same version after just over 2 years apparently!

It apears the product is still registered though there is no obvious "About" feature that shows its status. Just no unregistered alerts anywhere. Obviously no point re-downloading it if you have it from that previous offering. Will just cost GAOTD more if they pay a fee per activation to the vendor.

Just noticed standard windows control of double click on caption/title bar of window does not toggle maximise/restore on the window, a minor annoyance, the maximise/restore button does work though. I'd prefer both controls be enabled if ever any future development work is done.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#2

I had version 2.1 from an earlier giveaway. I opened it up to see how it was different from this version. I was surprised to find out the program was an unregistered trial version. I installed this version into the same folder, went through the registration process and now have version 2.3 registered. Only time will tell if it "sticks". BTW, to register, make sure you select "Internet Automatic Registration" and then enter the provided key.

Reply   |   Comment by dadams  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#1

This GAOTD is a pretty good and very easy to use tool which does what it claims pretty flawlessly, namely create photo collage automatically from graphic and text. Best feature is undoubtely the ability to preview the final output in real time. However on Softpedia this software is just 1.1 MB in size and I wonder why!!!

BEST (and in my view BETTER) FREEWARE ALTERNATIVES:

* Mosaizer Pro 9.2 (==> My Personal First Choice)
http://www.mosaizer.com/

* (Portable) Andrea Mosaic (==> Excellent Tool)
http://www.andreaplanet.com/andreamosaic/

Screenshots:
http://www.andreaplanet.com/andreamosaic/screenshots/

* MosariZer
http://sourceforge.net/projects/mosarizer/

* Foto-Mosaik-Edda
http://www.sixdots.de/mosaik/en/index.php

* PhotoMosaique
http://www.photofiltre-studio.com/freeware/photomosaique-en.htm

* JImage Mosaic
http://jimage-mosaic.sourceforge.net/about.php

* Scrapbook Flair
http://www.scrapbookflairsoftware.com/

* E.M. Free Photo Collage
http://www.effectmatrix.com/Free-Photo-Collage/index.htm

Of course, you can also create a photo mosaic online for FREE if you wish to:

http://www.easymoza.com/

Want a professional FREE PHOTO MANAGER APP DESIGNED to keep track of your digital photos to edit them as only professional photographers usually do, before sharing them on the most popular Social Networks websites with a couple of mouse clicks??

No problem:

http://www.heliconsoft.com/safe.html
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Digital-Photo-Tools/Windows-Live-Photo-Gallery.shtml

Giovanni's final verdict: Oh yes, this is another super SATURATED FIELD so...ki$$ your wallet goodbye. Get the drift, folks? LOL!!

Enjoy!!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+197)
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