Do you have any school, family, or office occasions that merit distinctive awards? How should you demonstrate your appreciation to your children when they clean their rooms without being told? Is it time to give official recognition to the members of your local town council, church subcommittee, or community PTA for their many hours of dedicated, unpaid committee work? Well, there's a new program on the market that can help you show your thanks.
Award Maker Plus makes it possible to create quality awards without going through the bother and expense of professional typesetting. The program comes on two double-sided disks, with seven pages of simple program instructions, and an Award Style Catalog that pictures different styles of awards. It will print out 286 awards (including certificates, licenses, coupons, and diplomas), in eight typestyles, with ten different color or black-and-white borders, depending on the capabilities of your printer and ribbons. Award categories include: academic, family, sports, humor, office, general, and hires picture.
The program provides onscreen prompts to guide you through the design and printing processes. Arrow keys move the cursor through the menus to highlight activity options. Pressing RETURN makes a selection, but if you change your mind, you can press the ESCAPE key to back up to previous screens. It took me eight steps to print out my first award. These steps were: entering the award style number; selecting name and text font; entering award text; entering signature line; entering date; selecting border style; selecting border color; and printing award. Before printing, I had to configure my printer setup to match my hardware requirements. Setup only needs to be done once, as the configuration can be saved to disk.
There are plenty of features to give your certificates a professional touch. In addition to printing colored borders, if you have a color printer with multicolored ribbons, some of the awards allow you to use your own hi-res pictures for the graphics.