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PrintLife 3 review: Virtual print shop update shines despite early release bugs

J.R. Bookwalter | Dec. 7, 2015
PrintLife 3 introduces a vastly improved UI refresh and loads of new ways to embellish content, but could use a minor update to squash lingering bugs with photos and textures on OS X El Capitan.

All that glistens

Chronos also amped up the visual flourish of PrintLife 3, carrying over most of the special effects features introduced earlier this year for its companion software, iScrapbook. Designs can now include 3D headlines, with full control over lighting, perspective, materials, and reflections in just a few clicks. This feature tends to become border on the gaudy when overused, but it’s great to have another powerful tool available, and the implementation here is nothing short of fantastic.

PrintLife also now includes built-in texture overlays and photo effects like vintage, vibrance, or line art, along with special effects such as sunburst, sparkle, or water stains that can be dragged onto designs. Although PrintLife’s glitzy additions barely impact overall application performance, some aren’t yet entirely compatible with the latest OS X El Capitan update.

printlife 3 texture bug
The new textures in PrintLife 3 look great, but tend to make photos smaller after being applied—the picture of the boy originally filled the entire frame.

I experienced repeated crashes whenever I clicked the new auto-enhance button on imported photos, while adding textures to placeholder images caused them to be reduced in size for no apparent reason. Likewise, applying filters caused many photos to suddenly ignore the assigned rotation, presumably falling back to however my iPhone was held when the picture was originally taken.

These (hopefully temporary) bugs aren’t show-stoppers, but they certainly hinder an otherwise well-crafted application. Chronos offers a 30-day free trial from their website, so I’d recommend downloading that first to see how much these issues impact your own workflow.

printlife 3 rotation bug
Applying one of PrintLife 3’s new photo filters occasionally made images rotate back to the way they were when first shot.

Bottom line

PrintLife 3 introduces a vastly improved UI refresh and loads of new ways to embellish content, but could use a minor update to squash lingering bugs with photos and textures on OS X El Capitan.

 

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