I know many of you are curious like I am about what differences, if any, there will be between Storybook Creator and Artisan. So, I decided to take a look for myself.
Panstoria offers free trial downloads of their software. You can't export or print projects from the free trial, but otherwise it's completely functional software.
The first thing you'll see when you install Artisan, is that it looks just like Storybook Creator. On first opening it after installation, I got a dialog box. Artisan recognized that I have Storybook Creator installed on my computer, and asked if I want to migrate my art kits, projects and settings.
Since I am not ready to leave Storybook Creator yet, I chose “Migrate later” and moved forward. But it's nice to know that when I make the change, it'll import all of the work I've done on tagging content as well as the Categories I've set up.
From this point on, it's all very similar to Storybook Creator. It asks if you want to start in Basic or Advanced mode, and then asks if you want to create a new project or open an existing one. Since I didn't import all of my content and projects into Artisan, I opted to create a new one.
Since I'm looking for something simple, I chose an ornament. I've never created one of those before.
The rest of the process is similar to any new project. It will let you pick the content templates you want to use (if applicable) and then ask if you want to add photos. I just chose one photo of my kids that I had on my computer and added it to the project.
Drag, drop, trim … it was that simple. I think I just created my first project in Artisan!
I think it's going to be fun getting ready for Christmas this year … Until the next time, Enjoy!