If you use the Memory Manager and StoryBook Creator programs, you may be wondering what your options are now that Creative Memories is no longer selling or supporting these great programs. Earlier this year, I mentioned that there was a good chance that Panstoria, the company that developed the programs and licensed them to Creative Memories to sell, would pick up where Creative Memories left off. An agreement was reached and formally approved by the court a few weeks ago.
So what does this mean for you if you own the Creative Memories versions of the programs?
Until December 31, 2013, users of Memory Manager or StoryBook will be able to use the online activation to re-activate their software or activate it on a new computer. Creative Memories digital artwork that you have purchased can be activated, without an end date, on any computer (no internet connection is needed for content activation).
StoryBook and Memory Manager will no longer be updated by Panstoria. The programs will continue to work indefinitely but there may come a time when an operating system change causes an issue that will prevent the programs from working as expected (in other words, there will be no updates or bug fixes). There is no immediate need to change to the Panstoria versions, but I suggest you do it as soon as you can so that you will have the most up to date versions of the programs going forward.
You can purchase the Panstoria versions of the programs quite reasonably. They are both priced at $39.95.
The Memory Manager program equivalent is called Historian and it can be installed on one computer. Historian will open your existing memory vaults from Memory Manager 3 or 4. It does not have the patented "Perfectly Clear" process that is in Memory Manager 4, but you can adjust light and contrast as you could in Memory Manager 3 to edit your photos.
The StoryBook Creator equivalent is called Artisan and it can be installed on two computers. One big advantage to the Artisan program is that it has the full range of photo editing tools that are in Memory Manager so you won't have to switch back and forth between the two programs to do more sophisticated editing.
Both of the programs are sold by download only on the Panstoria website. I have used these programs since they were released and they just get better and better. I am happy to be able to buy the new versions and to support the company that created these programs. I am also an affiliate for Panstoria because I believe these programs are easy to use but very powerful and perfect for busy people who want to edit and organize their photos and to tell their stories creatively. If you purchase the programs through the links on my site I will receive a commission from Panstoria (your price will be the same). I will continue to help you with questions, share my projects and explain the techniques that I use and I appreciate your support in purchasing the programs by using the links on my blog.
You may be wondering how to go about printing the projects that you create with the StoryBook or Artisan software now that Creative Memories Digital Center has closed. There is more good news - Panstoria has a new printing service that will allow you to upload your projects directly from the software, as easily as you could upload to the CM printing service. You will find the Panstoria Print Shop HERE and there are lots of interesting products in addition to page prints and photo books. (I do not have an affiliation with the print shop).
Of course, you also have the option to save anything you create in the program as a JPEG, PNG or PDF file and print it at home or at any other printing service.
If you are using StoryBook, you will see a notice at the bottom of the home page that alerts you to the update that you need to do to enable you to upload your projects to the Panstoria Print Shop. The update also allows users of SBC4 to use digital content purchased from the Panstoria online store, and to open projects or pages created using Panstoria Artisan. You can have both programs on your computer but you can only open a project in one of the programs at a time.
When you switch to Artisan, all of the content you have that was purchased from Creative Memories in their proprietary format will be available to use in Artisan. Your projects, content, tags and categories will transfer automatically.
What if you missed out on purchasing some content that was available from Creative Memories?
Yesterday, Panstoria announced that nearly 1500 digital content products from Creative Memories are now available to purchase in their store. The Creative Memories content will be available through March, 2014, so you can plan your purchases to fill in any gaps before that time.
All digital content can be used by both Panstoria Artisan and Creative Memories StoryBook Creator 4 software. Some content can also be used by StoryBook Creator 3 software. If you are a StoryBook Creator 3 user, please check the requirements listed for each kit before purchasing to ensure that you will be able to use that kit.
In addition to the Creative Memories content, Panstoria has additional content, including a few free items (click on "free content" in the left sidebar to see the items).
If you have any questions about the digital programs, be sure to leave me a comment or send an email and I will do my best to help you. I am so happy that we can continue to use these great programs now that Creative Memories has chosen to take a new path. I do not know exactly what Creative Memories will be offering in the future, but I will let you know when any new information is available.
You can also use the Artisan program together with the Silhouette Design Studio program to help you create cutting files. I'll be sharing more tips on how to do this in the coming weeks.
I have added just a few of my digital pages to this post to break up all of the "wordiness"! If you have questions about any of the pages, please let me know. Some have appeared on the blog already but some are new.
I hope you have a great weekend - it is our town wide "ReUsit" day on Saturday. I wonder what treasures I'll find at the "Drop Off Swap Off" (and I also wonder if anyone will think that the things I drop off are treasures!)
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