Saturday, October 10, 2009

My Digital Studio-caution: very long post

As of October 1st, Stampin'Up!'s My Digital Studio is available for purchase. I don't have it yet, but from those who do, it sounds like a wonderful investment. I'm anxious to get mine and play!!!

Features and Benefits of My Digital Studio
Exclusive Stampin' Up! Content
Stampin' Up! artwork and accessories available in a digital format.
Stampin' Up! colors allow for perfect coordination when embellishing professional print projects with traditional embellishments. Add depth and dimension when you combine digital with handcrafted.
With My Digital Studio, your favorite images and colors need not retire--you can keep using them for years to come!
My Digital Studio is competitively priced at $79.95.
My Digital Studio starts with nearly 2,000 unique elements--stamps, embellishments, templates, kits, punches, Designer Series papers, card stock, borders, and more.
Intuitive design for easy navigation and project creation.
Plenty to do for more advanced users including
Customizable stamps and embellishments
Photo, background, accent, and page editing
Multimedia features including music, videos, and links
Automatic photo fill for effortless design.
Program is on 3 DVDs, making downloading quick and simple.
The program is stored on your computer, not on the web, so you can take it with you.
PC and Mac compatible.
Training and quick start materials available to help you learn more.
Use My Digital Studio as a design tool--create projects digitally before crafting it in paper, or create flyers to print or e-mail to customers.
Digital Downloads
Download new embellishments, stamps, kits, and templates to My Digital Studio on a regular basis. Digital downloads are also compatible with other design tools.
Digital downloads feature exclusive Stampin' Up! artwork and colors.
Embellishments are true to size, making it easier to combine digital projects with paper crafting.
Professional print service available--print your photo albums, calendars, cards, and individual pages.
Stampin' Up!'s professional print services ensure that printed colors match with our paper products. Because personal printers and other print services use different settings, their prints may not match Stampin' Up!'s exclusive colors within acceptable tolerances. Stampin' Up! has worked to make sure that our professional print services match our colors perfectly!
Don't limit yourself to print projects! You can also create digital projects like DVDs, interactive albums, and e-cards.
With My Digital Studio, you can print your projects from your home printer (depending on your printer's settings, printed colors may not match Stampin' Up!'s exclusive colors).
Stampin' Up!'s professional print services use only the highest quality products--papers, album covers (linen, leather, and photo covers).

Q: What is My Digital Studio?
A: My Digital Studio is new software from Stampin' Up! that allows both demonstrators and customers to digitally create a variety of products including (but not limited to) photo albums, cards, calendars, individual scrapbook pages, and multimedia projects that use exclusive Stampin' Up! art, accessories, and colors. When printed with Stampin' Up!'s professional print services, your projects can be combined with traditional Stampin' Up! products to create unique, multidimensional "hybrid" projects. My Digital Studio is available in English only and will be sold in the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec).There are three different components to My Digital Studio:
Software: The My Digital Studio software will install directly on to your computer. The software contains nearly 2,000 unique elements including stamp brush sets, embellishments, templates, kits, punches, Designer Series papers, card stock, borders and more--all in exclusive Stampin' Up! designs and colors.
Professional Print Services: When you are done creating your projects, you have the option to have your projects professionally printed and delivered right to your door. Our professional print services are the best way to insure correct color matching with Stampin' Up!'s exclusive colors.*
Digital Downloads: You'll have access to an ever-increasing library of downloadable digital images that are perfect for seasonal projects, important events, or just everyday creativity.
My Digital Studio Software
Q: Is this software web-based or will I receive an installation disk?
A: You will receive installation disks that you will install on your computer. You will only need an Internet connection to register the product when you install it, to purchase professional print products, or to purchase digital downloads.
Q: What are the computer system requirements for My Digital Studio?
A: My Digital Studio is compatible with PC and MAC operating systems. Before you install My Digital Studio, make sure your computer meets the following requirements:
Computers running Microsoft Windows:
Windows XP or Vista
Pentium 4, 1 GHz or better (1.6 GHz recommended) or comparable AMD processor
512 MB RAM available (1 GB or more recommended, 1 GB required for Windows Vista users)
16 MB video RAM (64 MB recommended)
Available hard disk space: 5GB minimum
DVD-ROM drive
Computers running Macintosh:
OS X 10.4.x or greater (with the latest Java update)
G4 500 MHz or faster (G5 1 GHz or better recommended)
512 MB RAM (1 GB or more recommended)
8 MB video RAM (64 MB recommended)
Available hard disk space: 5GB minimum
DVD-ROM drive
Other Requirements
QuickTime Player version 7.5 or higher (available on the My Digital Studio Installation DVD or at
Monitor resolution: 1024 x 768 or higher (1152 x 864 or higher recommended)
Recommended additional equipment My Digital Studio User Guide - 8
CD or DVD burner (required for interactive album and DVD-video output options)
Digital camera
Digital camcorder
System requirements will also be posted on our web site at
Q: Can I share my software with my family/friends/downline?
A: During the installation process, each demonstrator or customer will be asked to accept an End User License Agreement. This agreement allows each copy of the software to be installed on two computers in the household.
Q: How much does My Digital Studio cost?
A: My Digital Studio costs $79.95.
Q: What is the difference between selecting to create a Photo Album, Card, Calendar, and Multiple Output Options?
A: The Photo Album, Card, or Calendar options allow you to select your project size and type up front. The Multiple Output Options allows you to select the size up front, or change the size of the project after you are finished.
Q: The software agreement allows for installation on two computers in my home. Can I also install the application on a second computer where I work or in another location outside of my home?
A: The software license agreement allows you to install one copy of the software on two computers in your primary residence. If you want to also install the software on a computer in another location you can purchase another copy to do so.My Digital Downloads
Q: Are the images in the digital download already included in the My Digital Studio software?
A: Yes. As of now, all of the images in the digital downloads are already included in the My Digital Studio software . If you purchase the software, you do not need to purchase the downloads separately. Later, we will release new images that are not included in the software, and make them available for you to download.
Q: Can I purchase digital downloads without purchasing My Digital Studio?
A: Yes. Our digital downloads are compatible with other software programs. You cannot, however take advantage of Stampin' Up!'s professional print services without purchasing My Digital Studio.
Q: What other software programs are compatible with My Digital Studio downloads?
A: Any program that supports .jpg and .png files & layers such as: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Jasc Paint Shop Pro (PSP), Microsoft Digital Image Pro (DIP), Ulead Photo Impact (PI), Corel Draw.
Q: What are the download prices?
A: Pricing of digital downloads will vary based on size and type of kits to be downloaded.
Q: Will there be any Digital Download Hostess Sets/Kits?
A: There will not be a Hostess Digital Download when we launch. We will continue to assess our product offering after launch.
My Digital Studio Projects
Q: What are the prices of print products?
A: Pricing of print products will vary based on size, number of pages, and cover option. Pricing information will be posted on the web site when we announce the launch date.
Q: Are there minimum and maximum page limits on print products?
A: Minimum and maximum pages for each print output type are as follows:
Photo albums must have a minimum of 22 pages, and can have up to 100 pages.
Calendars have a minimum and maximum of 25 project pages. You can create a front cover page and two pages for each month.
Cards have a minimum of one project page and a maximum of three project pages. The customer has the option to create the front and both inside pages.
Individual pages can be printed in multiples of no less than five.
Q: Do I have to use the professional print service or can I print at home?
A: My Digital Studio has several output options including your own printer and multimedia/DVD creation. Using Stampin' Up!'s professional print services is the best way, however, to make sure Stampin' Up!'s exclusive colors print correctly.
Q: What can we expect for shipping times for print products?
A: Professionally printed products will be printed and shipped directly from our print vendor. There will be a processing time of two to three days to have your project actually printed, and then our standard shipping times will apply.
Q: Will the copyright appear on the back of my home-printed cards?
A: The Stampin' Up!/My Digital Studio copyright will appear on the back of all cards printed through the professional print services. It will not appear on the back of cards you print from home.
Q: Will my pages print back-to-back from my home printer?
A: Different printers have varying functionality. You will need to check your printer manual to determine if this functionality is available.
Q: What home printer do you recommend I buy?
A: Stampin' Up! cannot recommend a specific printer for you, but the system requirements information and knowing what types of projects you want to create will help you decide which printer will work best for you.
Other Information
Q: My Digital Studio is featured in the Holiday Mini catalog. Is it only available until January 4, 2010?
A: Since the change to an annual Idea Book & Catalog, the Mini Catalogs will now offer product that may or may not be available after the mini promotional period. My Digital Studio is a product line that we intend to support and have available long after this mini catalog expires.
Q: In what countries is My Digital Studio available?
A: My Digital Studio is sold in the US and Canada only. My Digital Studio cannot be sold or supported in Quebec.
Q: Can I use hostess free dollars for My Digital Studio?
A: Hostess free dollars can be used to purchase the My Digital Studio software at a workshop or Stampin' Rewards may be used to purchase digital downloads on a qualifying order in the online store. If you do not have enough hostess free dollars to cover the entire cost of the software/downloads, the hostess will pay for the overage. Hostess free dollars cannot be used to pay for professional print services. Your print product will be the first item in your shopping cart and will help you earn hostess free dollars to be used for other traditional product.
Q: Can I create projects with My Digital Studio and sell the completed projects to customers?
A: The Stampin' Up! Angel Policy has been updated to include digital products and restricts the sale of digital products for commercial use. The policy states that you can sell up to 150 completed products annually. The Angel Policy includes both demonstrators and customers. Commercial selling will require specific arrangements and permission from Stampin' Up! The sale of digital files is strictly forbidden.
Q: What is a hybrid project?
A: Hybrid projects combine traditional Stampin' Up! products layered on top of digital creations.
Q: Will all of Stampin' Up!'s images, embellishments, and paper be available digitally?
A: My Digital Studio comes with a rich digital collection of exclusive Stampin' Up! art, papers, colors, and accessories. While not all of Stampin' Up!'s catalog products are included, there may be future products that are only available as digital downloads.

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