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Giveaway of the day — RonyaSoft Poster Designer 2.02

RonyaSoft Poster Designer software allows to create own attractive posters, banners, certificates and signs.
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RonyaSoft Poster Designer 2.02 was available as a giveaway on April 1, 2015!

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RonyaSoft Poster Designer software allows to create own attractive posters, banners, certificates and signs. Collection of ready-to-use predesigned templates and intuitive user interface allow to make own graphics in a few clicks. You may save designed posters to image format or print them directly on your home or office printer.

Following templates are built-in: Holidays, Birthday, Wedding, Party, Funny, Old West Wanted, Movie, Magazine, Billboard, Business, Promotions, Home Sale, Save Water, Propoganda, Fake Diplomas, Certificates and loads of other poster backgrounds. Don't wait, design and print custom posters with Poster Designer yourself!

Please note: 3 best improvement ideas will be rewarded with a lifetime license of RonyaSoft Poster Designer. Use Idea Informer widget to submit your feedback and do not forget to fill in your name and e-mail – otherwise the Developer will not be able to contact you in case you are the one to win!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8; Processor: Pentium III 1500; Memory: RAM 512 MB; Hard disk space: 100 MB

Publisher:

RonyaSoft

Homepage:

http://ronyasoft.com/products/poster-forge/

File Size:

26.6 MB

Price:

$29.95

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#31

Downloaded and installed fine. Intuitive user interface, I was able to quickly do a small project with no problems using one of the supplied templates.

Ever wanted to make up a Meme like you see all over Facebook etc? Under Misc Templates you'll find two "Inspirational" templates that are perfect for that purpose. I struggle with my normal high priced graphics programs to do it, RonyaSoft Poster Designer makes it stupid simple to annoy your friends.

Reply   |   Comment by mikenchico  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#30

Downloaded no problem to vista. Got a confirmation from gotd that I was registered but can't figure out where to check what I'm registered for. Must be blind can't see anything under help. don't have time to research now. any help? please. thanks in advance. Thanks gotd.

Reply   |   Comment by skybase  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#29

I like it and will keep it, but I would like more templates.

Reply   |   Comment by Bernard  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

I had the registration problem too, but this worked without doing a shutdown or restart: I closed the registration window, closed the program itself, and reran the activation program. When I reopened the program, the 'about' on the help tab or something else oin the help tab showed it as registered to giveawyoftheday.

Reply   |   Comment by sandlerf  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

I could do everything this program does in MS Publisher, BUT... not half as easily. The templates included are essentially generic and not too bad although you can design your own if you want/need to. For a simple "Caution Wet Floor" sign, it can be whipped up in seconds.

It will meet most of my off-the-cuff requirements and is capable of more besides. I'm impressed. A very useful add-in to my portfolio of graphic applications. My only criticism is that I would prefer it to save as *.jpg rather than having to export. However, this is a minor issue and does not detract from the use of this program

Reply   |   Comment by Amargein  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#26

A really useful piece of software, one I am happy to see , since I lost the previous giveaway, when I replaced desktop.
Yet again I am amazed by so many thumbs down, this voting system is still being abused in a way that is so unfair to companies offering good software like today.

Reply   |   Comment by Gwen Ever  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

and thanks to Tom for providing link to http://posterprinter.sourceforge.net/

Reply   |   Comment by Gwen Ever  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#25

This sounds like it will do what I need; just recently got an assignment where I need to make or at least design posters. Upon seeing the comments about not being able to print from within the program, I searched for , multi page poster printer driver I found several possibilities, including that much of the software previously mentioned, have the ability to print as posters.
I do not have a problem with this software not printing the posters. As I am often without a printer, I have used cutePDF, as a virtual printer. When I get back to my office, I print the pdf's.

I chose to try http://posterprinter.sourceforge.net/. It installs as Poster Printer, and when I have a poster ready to print, I will choose Poster Printer as my printer.
I can think of several reasonable choices a business could make as to what is in the final product. In this case, if it a major problem to choose a printer when you click on Print, then this is definitely not a program to be used.
However, when I do have multiple printers on my system, it would be nice to be able to preset programs to always use the same printer. But, if one printer goes down, it could be a problem. Perhaps I am just used to always checking which printer will be used.

I will enjoy having this program available. Thanks GOTD!

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

I went to Sourceforge to check out Poster Printer.

According to your Sourceforge via your web link, Poster Printer "Has Been Tested On Windows 2000, XP". However, it doesn't work on my Win 8.1 system, even when I run the install program in compatibility mode for XP SP1.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian Scattergood  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

The previous version of this program is my favorite poster program. I tried many but this is the one I liked and bought. I haven't found similar programs that are as good or as easy for simple poster making, and I have need for quickly and efficiently converting documents and ppt's to posters. The version I have, though, is many years old. This newer version seems to have improvements. I am just toying with it right now, but will add to this review after I do some experimenting. It is always great when one of my favorites show up on GAOTD. Thanks GAOTD and Ronyasoft.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike FM  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#23

Hi Has anybody worked out what the copyright is on the templates. And can we use them for business purposes. I had a look at the website but that didn't say too much.
Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Leg  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

Downloaded RPD2.02, ran both activation files. Popup stated program registered, but does NOT show registered when RPD2.02 is opened. Help please? Suggestions?

Reply   |   Comment by waffleguy  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#21

Downloaded and registered without a hitch but was also surprised to find that it requires a purchase to be made before it can be used for doing what it was designed to do? Thats got to be a first for GAOTD!

Not happy with that so I searched for a workround and found Easy Poster which is Shareware and only requires $3 to register. http://www.gdsoftware.dk/More.aspx?id=3

So, using todays offering create any size poster and export it (as JPG), then open the file with Easy Poster. Easy Poster has no problem printing over many pages, with ease.

Worth having today's offering for the templates Etc or for smaller posters which are quickly designed and produced. Easy Poster can be found at

Happy days all.

Reply   |   Comment by Terry E.  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#20

This program will not run on my Windows 8.1 computer. It gives the message "Cannot execute "C:\Users\CD\AppData\Local\Temp\Rar$EXa0.604\Setup.exe"

Also run as administrator. Any ideas?

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

It runs fine on my 8.1 Windows 64 bit OS, so I can only suggest it's a quirk with your setup. Have you tried right-clicking on program shortcut and choosing 'Run as Administrator'. The other thing is that the setup.exe file seems to be in a strange location from what you've written above. I wonder if it has become separated from the other files that come with the download. They need to all be in the one location - i.e. in the same folder. May I suggest that you download the file again from GOTD into a folder you name GOTD inside your Downloads folder. And then try to run the Setup.exe file again. If it executes this time and you've installed ok, then before you open the Poster Forge program run the Activate.exe file and then run Poster Forge. This worked for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Wendy  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#19

Downloaded and installed and registered in W-7 easily. Started working with the program, some things not intuitive as in "document" Which? So will watch a tutorial. I am limited to 8" x 10" printing so having a poster print is useful. Had one years ago, appreciate this one. Thank you to GOTD and Ronyasoft.

Reply   |   Comment by Donald Pullum  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#18

RonyaSoft Poster Designer 2.02 installed on my windows 8.1 desktop with no problems, registered quickly. This is a great software, I really enjoy it. It's great for little around the house/community print projects. Some of the propaganda templates are interesting and my daughter has already printed and got to work on the coloring pages. Thanks for a great GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Mikki  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#17

Just downloaded the softwear but I am running into a glitch. The readme said to install the program then run activate. when I run that it links back to " https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/ronyasoft-poster-designer-2-02/?activate " however, I get no Email with the activation code. Question Am I doing something wrong? or does it take some time to get the key .
Any help would be appreciated thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Panama Tom  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

There -is no- activation code necessary.
Do this- run Setup.exe to install the program, and at the end UNCHECK the box that says "Run RonyaSoft Posterwhatever..." on the final screen. DON'T run the program. Close the installation screen with the Finish button.
Then run Activate.exe to activate the program.
THEN you can start the Poster Maker program normally from the desktop icon and it will show up as being registered to "Giveaway of the Day".

Reply   |   Comment by Bob Retelle  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#16

Quite a decent software with easy to understand user interface. It can do a lot where you would normally pay big money.

Free alternative from Microsoft - Microsoft Expression Design 4
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36180

RonyaSoft Poster Designer is a keeper.
Thanks GOTD

cheers

Reply   |   Comment by domi  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#15

I have tried 5 times to download the program, maybe the server can't handle all the traffic, 2 hours trying to download, hope it's worth it.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#14

Installed and registered without problems on my HP laptop WIN 7.

Tho' it's not the answer to every Poster design need, it does give plenty of scope for a wide range of tasks.
I work (as a hobby) with vintage and rare posters, their renovation, resizing and printing, besides designing new posters on varying subjects. With it's many templates, this giveaway looks like being very useful in producing fast mock ups for new designs.
Many thanks to GAOTD and RonyaSoft.

Reply   |   Comment by debro  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#13

I am very old user of Ronya soft poster designer.
I got commercial license for this product. Friendly interface, easy to use, good customer support.
No doubt there are templates for various occasion in the software. Just remember one thing if anyone wanted to use commercially the license terms are a bit confusing therefore if you intend to use in commercial work make it clear which template you can not use.( you may think then what is the use of commercial license if you could not use pre-installed templates).
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Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#12

"Printing is where the software comes to a stop. Designs which fit on one page are printed using Windows system printers. Designs which span multiple pages – such as large posters – use Ronyasofts printing system, which is not included."

What you *might* try as a work-a-round...
There are several PDF printer apps available -- a few have been on GOTD -- that let you print from any program to a PDF file. [I've used PDF Creator for years, but hesitate to recommend it because of problems the last several versions.] With PDF Creator I can set the size of the new PDF document, e.g. 11 x 17 [I assume this is available in some (most?) other PDF printers too]. Once you have the PDF file, the Adobe Acrobat reader gives you several printing options, including multi-page posters.

* * *

"Can this product be used to print t-shirts? Now that would be a fun project for the kids this summer."

Certainly.

To do T-shirts you need to print on special heat transfer paper -- you place the transfer on the shirt, ink side down, use an iron to apply the heat, then peel off the backing paper. It's a bit harder to find, but dye sub inks & papers are also available -- dye sublimation works by bonding the color to the fabric, rather than the sort of decal you wind up with using regular T-shirt transfer paper.

Also harder to find, they make paper backed fabric sheets for printers -- after printing you remove the backing, & for a T-shirt, fabric stores sell what looks a little bit like cheese cloth, but is actually heat activated adhesive, so you can iron on the applique you printed.

Finally, something that might be a fun project for the kids, they sell UV activated dye -- once wet with the dye, wherever sunlight hits it will change colors permanently. You can use stuff like leaves or flowers to block the sun, or in this case, transparencies that you printed.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)
#11

very much like Picture Collage Maker

Reply   |   Comment by sir mick  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)
#10

I had previous giveaway of this 2.01 and it had a max document size of 3048mm x 3048mm... but this new version, 2.02 only allows 1016mm x 1016mm to be entered into the document size interface, that is a significant reduction in functionality! The installed help file for 2.02 still lists max document size as 3048mm x 3048mm. Looks like timme for another system restore and re-install into a different location... oops I slipped up there I usually do that by default. but never expected an minor version update to be a SIGNIFICANT DOWNGRADE!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

A significant downgrade? I wonder how many people use this program to create posters of 100cm (40 inches) and more. It is not intended for professional use...

Reply   |   Comment by Wow  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Mmmmm, did´nt you check the changes log on their website? Version 2.02 has many upgrades to version 2.01:

Version 2.02 (February 09, 2015)

Shadow, Outline and Gradient effects support
Circle, Arc, Wave and Projective text support
Ability to paste text, images and MicroSoft Word/Excel data via clipboard
Ability to replace colors of the metafiles
'Arrows' keys support
Document rotate feature
Rendering speed improvements
Additional system adjustments

B.t.w. I can well imagine that posters of 3 meters by 3 meters gave errors with this program. Have you tried it on version 2.01?
I certainly would not consider version 2.02 to be a "SIGNIFICANT DOWNGRADE".

Reply   |   Comment by Lucky Luke  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This probably won't get published, but the program is what can be termed Memory bound due to the way it renders to RAM in its entirety and in fact takes up TWICE the uncomressed raster size so a 300MB decompressed jpg export takes over twice that during render, that's 600MB pless a few tens of megabytes for the program itself. This means larg posters like 3000 x 3000 mm must be done in lowest resolution to fit into the permitted 32bit application address range.
If I need to create LARGE poster images I'd likely use Satori PhotoXL 2.29 freeware edition as that was designed to not be memory bound from the ground up as it was designed for smaller older systems when Gigabytes of RAM was a fantasy for when we won the lottery. Modern PCs make developers lazy IMHO.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#9

Can this product be used to print t-shirts? Now that would be a fun project for the kids this summer.

Reply   |   Comment by Madmaler  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

I'm only guessing at this point (still downloading the program to try it myself later today), but my guess is that you could easily print tee-shirts IF the program allows you to reverse the final design (tee-shirts generally need to be printed "backwards" so the design will be correct after being ironed onto the shirt), AND your design fits within the normal 8.5 x 11 size of a tee-shirt printing sheet.

Actually I hadn't even considered doing this while reading the info and comments about this program, but now that you mention it, this sounds like fun. I haven't done tee-shirts in a long time..!

Reply   |   Comment by Bob Retelle  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#8

I personally love this program! have it on my old pc and now on my laptop! THANK YOU!!! :) installed easily with Windows 8.1 ... :)

Reply   |   Comment by jane  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)
#7

Question:

Does this poster program STILL not have the ability to print?
The last time it was offered here, (July 5, 2011), there was a lot of complaining in the comments re: this, (and rightly so). It's really absurd to have to buy another program for printing what you have created in any type of desktop publishing app. The whole purpose and concept of a poster program, is being able to print the friggin' thing!

I took a look at their site and sure enough, they still list Poster Designer,($29.95) & Poster Printer, ($19.95) separately.

I hope I am wrong and the printer part is included with the designer part and they sell the printer part separately for someone that just has that need. I know that's a stretch, but for the moment I am trying to give the author the benefit of doubt, until I know for sure.

I have used another poster printing program for more than ten years called "Poster". Today it costs $18.00. I assure you, you CAN print your work without paying extra for that ability! Note: I have no affiliation with this program at all.
If you would like to visit their site, the address is www.postersw.com

I do a lot of desktop publishing, (other than posters) and of course all of those programs have the ability to print what you create!

I am hoping the programs author will comment here re: this issue. I don't want to waste my time and hard drive space on this if it can not print. HOWEVER, if it CAN print, I would be very happy to try it out, (and possibly purchase it, if it gives me new capabilities that I don't have now).

Reply   |   Comment by Mister Lee  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+33)

I just printed. Prints just fine as installed. It saw and sent it directly to my printer.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Prints just fine from within the program

Reply   |   Comment by Amargein  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

From what I can see from the print settings, you can print as a single page document - such as a poster, banner, certificate or one page card - but if you want to print a multipage document - such as the colouring book, I guess - then you get a popup up saying that the Ronyasoft Printer Driver has to be installed.

Reply   |   Comment by Wendy  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#6

I would like to say that GTD has made my day.... I replaced my laptop and moved old hard drive to eternal unit... I have MISSED Ronya Poster Maker... Thank You, Thank You.... I love this program, I can enlarge any image with no pixelting!!

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

Cathy, of course if you missed it THAT much you could have bought it...! I also benefit from GOTD and other user comments and install / keep some items. If I value something enough to put it on another machine I don't feel it is unfair to have to buy it.

Reply   |   Comment by Grumpy  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Cathy, you might be mistaking today's giveaway, Poster Designer, with Ronya's Poster Printer, given away here on 9/15/11 . . .

Reply   |   Comment by Suze  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Oops! I didn't realize that this had been given away once before, on 7/5/11. My apologies!

Reply   |   Comment by Suze  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#5

I only install based on Karl's review.

I figured this would be a great program to help me in my work especially since it has templates.

No problems installing on a Windows 7 64 bit professional. After installing the program is asking me for a registration code. I cannot find a registration code in the Readme text. Any suggestions on where to find the registration code? I would love to use this.

Reply   |   Comment by KyBunnies  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)

Go to the folder you extracted the software, and double click on activate.exe

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

Did you run the activate.exe file?

Reply   |   Comment by Cathy Prentice  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

is in the activate.exe file...

Reply   |   Comment by Cathy Prentice  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

I ran the activation file. It is still asking for a registration code.

Reply   |   Comment by KyBunnies  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

not activating here any help???

http://i.imgur.com/kBWtVDF.jpg

Reply   |   Comment by walt  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

I haven't tried to install the program yet, but other GoTD programs with a separate activate.exe file often work much better if you DON'T allow the program to run immediately after installation, but instead CLOSE the installation completely first and then run the activate.exe file. Only after activating it, THEN run the program to start it for the first time.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob Retelle  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

I meant to say the activation is not supplying me with a 'registration code' ?...where's it supposed to show up at ????

Reply   |   Comment by walt  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Try this-
Install the software, then Shut Down completely to power off. Startup the machine again, then don't run the program, run Activate. Then try to run the real program.
Some programs or some machines keep something in memory even if you close the program, (this is not necessary bad or a bug, it's the memory cache), and if you don't do this full restart then Activate may not be able to work.

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

I just installed the program on Windows XP SP3, and it worked fine the way I described above.
It wasn't necessary to restart the computer, just DON'T run the program before running Activate.exe

1- Run Setup.exe to install the program.
2- UNCHECK the box on the last installation screen that says "Run RonyaSoft Poster Designer".
3- Click "Finish" to end the installation. (DON'T run the program.)
4- Run Activate.exe to activate the program.
5- NOW you can start Poster Designer by clicking the desktop icon and it'll be registered to GiveawayofTheDay.

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

thanks it may well be registered but it doesn't give me any indication of that one way or the other?
so I'll just hang tight

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

hey Walt
you will know its registered because the "register" tab will be light gray and it wont open, to "allow you to register". Look under the "help" tab to see if the register tab will work or not

I too had many attempts at registering, a tried many of the suggestions in this thread... all but rebooting

I was successful eventually ... I think by changing from my usual zip file extractor (TurboZIP) to another zip extractor --> WinRAR <-- I used it to to open the zip file "Activate"
And that may of been what finally worked for me. [WinRAR is a free zip program]

My computer lagged a while after I unzipped the Activate and clicked on the "Yes" install button.
And then 20 seconds later a small box popped open on the screen that said Activate Installed (I think thats how it went)

Anyway I closed the small box and then the computer auto-opened a page back at Giveawayoftheday telling me the program was registered and to let your friends know they had "x" amount of time left to get their own free copy.

Maybe try a different Zip file extractor program, and give it time to process.
(side note) I had my anti virus program off during this time, not sure if that helps or matters

Reply   |   Comment by Joe Anybody  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

I was intrigued by this as I haven't seen a "poster printer" type program since the days of the Commodore 64 - "Print Shop" if memory serves me right, which could print enormous multi-page posters and banners in what was 'for the day' quite good quality (for dot-matrix printers). I remember printing a life-sized picture of a Page 3 glamour model... I do recall a need for something like this about 15 years ago and being unable to find anything for the PC.

I'll try to avoid duplicating Karl's review; downloaded, extracted, installed and activated without issue on a Windows 7 64bit system. Software opens on pleasant pale blue window, with the options of starting a new document from a template, blank document, or previous project.

The Settins option allows a small degree of control and customisation over the interface: a choice of language; theme (interface colours - I like the default Office 2007 Blue); and units of measurement (mm, cm, inches). Grid settings can be changed to lines or dots, colour, and size. Screen rendering and printing/export quality from draft, normal, best.

There are a fair few templates included, grouped under sections as diverse as Propoganda, Banners, Kids, Business, Events and so on. Each has 10-30 templates. Parents might like the Coloring Book templates, to print out pages and posters children can colour in.

If you opt to start from a blank document, a dialog box opens prompting for size and quality settings. Quality is limited to setting the dpi, and only allows for 72, 96, 150, 300 or 600 dpi. Size defaults to 297mm x 400mm, and a flyout box has presets for US Letter, A4, A3, Medium (457x609mm), and Large (609x914mm) page sizes, in horizontal and vertical aspect.

The interface is quite slick. There are a variety of tools icons presented, without cluttering the interface. Its quick, easy, and quite intuitive to use. The right hand side of the UI shows properties of the current image, and lists tips for common tasks. This properties pane is context-sensitive, and shows properties for the current layer; for example, when using Text it has options for font, size, alignment, placement. When using special text, font, size, radius, bulge, and so on.

There is a lot of control over text and images. Text can be entered as plain text - using the system fonts - or as special text (arcs, waved, circular or projective), and then aligned in any dimension. Images and clip art can be resized and rotated. A selection of clip art is included. Images can have borders and shadows, and the opacity can be changed to allow text and background to show through.

The program accepts all image formats (I haven't tried anything other than jpg or bmp), and supposedly imports text from Word or Excel, although this uses copy and paste. A small number of drawing tools are included; lines, squares, circles.

The program uses layers to assist in placing and arranging both text and pictures, each new item of text or picture is placed on its own layer. Layer control is basic (front, back, forwards, backwards, lock/unlock, group/ungroup, hide) but functional. It would help if the Properties sheet displayed the design layers to make layer selection easier, a-la Photoshop and the like.

Exporting and Printing.

The UI falls down on saving work. It offers 4 options to save work: Save, Save As, Save As a Template, and Export. Save As a Template saves the current work as a template, useful if you wish to create a series of documents with the same layout but different content. Save is self-evident, save the current document with the current file name. Save As is for saving with a different name. In each case the document is saved in .rpd file format.

However, both Save and Save As use the standard Windows Save box, and offer the option of saving in .rpd or .jpg. If you select the later and 'save', it brings up an error message "Operation Aborted, to save as jpg use File -> Export!'

Its a minor niggle, but one which could be avoided if instead it simply bought up the Export dialog box! Exporting a file gives the user limited control over the jpg quality (10%-100% in steps of 10%) and the image size and file name. It appears that other export options may be possible as Export prompts for the destination file type (jpg).

Printing is where the software comes to a stop. Designs which fit on one page are printed using Windows system printers. Designs which span multiple pages - such as large posters - use Ronyasofts printing system, which is not included. Selecting Muti-page printing oens an error box "Ronyasoft Poster Printer not installed. Please download and install Ronyasoft Poster Printer software". This costs $20.

Without it, the use of the Poster Designer is limited to single page designs, printed at the maximum size of your printer page. That said, no GAOTD offer is really free; companies participate to increase brand awareness, and lets be frank, to tempt GAOTD users to buy their software, so it is understandable. However, I would like to evaluate whether their printing system offers advantages over using the Windows printer system and manufacturer printer drivers; if you ever used an Amiga you might remember PrintStudio, which offered massive improvements over the system printers and was well worth the price.

All in all, a nice program. Although everything could be done in Photoshop, it can be done much quicker in Poster Designer, and the supplied templates are the icing on the cake. Some interface improvements would add a final polish. I don't know if there are alternatives (paid or share/free ware), but I think I'll keep this one "just in case"! A thumbs-up from me.

Reply   |   Comment by Alan  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+171)

Outstanding review of the product. Enjoyed every word. Based on this review I'll be keeping it too, just in case.

Reply   |   Comment by Madmaler  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+30)

"Although everything could be done in Photoshop, it can be done much quicker in Poster Designer, and the supplied templates are the icing on the cake."

FWIW I think you generally want to avoid or skip software like P/Shop [or any image editing software really] when you're doing this sort of thing, because they're usually a bit weak when it comes to laying out, arranging your design. While software like CorelDraw! & Illustrator are still available for [semi] pros, I think most of the apps like the Print Studio you mentioned have gone away, so today's GOTD, Poster Designer, could well be worth keeping.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

You mention Photoshop, and while Photoshop is a really flexible program, it isn't designed for doing everything! There are, however, better options available in the Adobe suite besides Photoshop. Try Adobe's InDesign or one of the others in the suite for layout, they should make things easier than using Photoshop for the layout.

But thanx for an excellent and detailed review!

Reply   |   Comment by jane smith  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

I hope to install the program later today. If it does what it promises as Karl says, then it is worth keeping if one makes posters & co.
Thanks for the offer.

Reply   |   Comment by xprt007  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-78)

xprt007 - The idea of this website is to give feedback to the supplier for marketing and consumer feedback. This place isn't just a charity. If we all used this place like a charity without feedback then companies will become reluctant to giveaway their expensive software for a NON DE-SCRIPT comment like yours.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-59)
#2

Downloaded and installed easily. An out dated windows 8.1 type of program UI opens. What is this? In order to print a multi page poster, I need to install their printer software. I can't find a link or something to point me in the right direction.
Like Karl always says. Uninstalled via Smarty Uninstaller.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

Hi Paul

If you want to print a poster size 30" X 24" inches you will need a software [theirs or another one] to manage the configuration.
The poster have to be cut in many pieces and set on the proper page.
You may print-it on one single page by resizing the poster at a size that your printer can manage.
This software is not a printer manager, simply a poster creator, you can save-it as JPEG [export] and use what ever software you can find [or buy]to print-it the way you need.
If you save the poster [without export]it will be save in their own format.
This software alone can be use for standard paper office poster [as your printer can manage], for fun or for other us, if you need to do very large poster you will need more software or a specialized printer.

Reply   |   Comment by Col-Hectorz  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+62)

If you don't have printer software and don't want to install theirs, Excel might be your solution. You can insert the image in Excel, resize the image, the print preview it. You can see how many pages it will be, and manage the margins around the pages. You then have to manually paste the images together if your printer cannot print documents of the size you want (or send to a printing company).

Reply   |   Comment by MrsTScott  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)
#1

Installed and registered without problems on a Win 8.1.3 Pro 64 bit system. A clean install, many fonts are additional installed:
http://i.imgur.com/cabFHyj.png

An Ukrainian company with address: "RonyaSoft is a privately held company founded in 2003. The company specializes in multimedia software development. Our software and services are used in more than 60 countries around the world by individuals, small-to-medium size businesses and international corporations. ". Some news in the news center.

We had had a previous version some years ago in 2011:
http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/ronyasoft-poster-designer/

Upon start a resizable window opens, in the settings you can select language, skin, grid, rendering options and font view.
If you are familiar with a "draw" program, the controls are familiar. If you are new to layers, transformation of text and images, than this will keep you busy a while until your first poster is ready.

With the templates such a poster is done in a few (one or two) minutes...
http://i.imgur.com/rxBofbr.jpg

Does what it claims, the templates are sufficient for most of quick made posters. Of course you can make your own templates, too. Some glitches, e.g. you cannot use the save dialog to save a poster as JPG, you have to use the export dialog.

I'll keep it, maybe I'll need some sales posters for my pizza...

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+154)

possibly save the poster doing a screenshot?...on windows 8 you can screenshot the whole screen

Reply   |   Comment by walt  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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