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6 thoughts on “Mac Logo Design Studio Pro 2.0 [Download]

  1. 13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Just designed a client logo in 5 minutes, January 7, 2011
    By 
    Ken A. Huth (Williamson, NY United States) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Mac Logo Design Studio Pro 2.0 [Download] (Software Download)

    I just bought Mac Logo Design Studio Pro (directly from the company in a bundle) and I’m thrilled.

    I read the bad reviews here on Amazon and other places and really worried that it wouldn’t work well. I’m not sure what the issues others are having, but I’m on a MacBook Pro Core2 running Snow Leopard and I’m whipping out logos left and right. So I really wanted to get a real review in on the product, since I almost didn’t buy it based on what others said. Maybe the bad reviews are from a prior version, or people who have very specific needs, I don’t know.

    I’m a photographer that does his own logo, business cards and web site, and I bought Logo Studio because others are asking me to do the same for them. It takes me forever to come up with logo ideas from scratch and tweak them in Photoshop or Illustrator. I’ve spent days to come up with my logos in the past (you full time designers know what I mean!)… I’m a semi-pro at this design stuff and wouldn’t even try to quickly make a logo for someone else without a jumpstart like this software.

    Pros:
    * Decent Price
    * Mac version not just PC
    * The logo templates are really first class, modern and non-cheesy (see the example on the Macware site, that’s what convinced me to buy) **Best Feature!**
    * Quick to make a logo based on template
    * Easy to customize template
    * The categories of templates are very helpful
    * Easy to quickly create variations of a logo
    * Seems to make good use of Macs filters, Quartz stuff and filter color modes
    * The vector art elements can be tweaked… just like in Illustrator, grab bits, resize them, recolor them easily, etc
    * Macware Customer Service took care of something for me, adding a bonus they didn’t have to, which was honorable

    Cons:
    * Seems like the Mac version costs more than the PC (I haven’t looked into a reason why & I got mine discounted in a bundle from Macware)
    * Some things are not as intuitive and ‘standard’ as in other apps (the handling of layers and such seems a bit kludgy, but I’m still new to it)
    * Company web site and discussion forums have that scary ‘barely a legit place’ feel… not very Mac, web 2.0 and slick… so it makes you wonder if they are a going concern… but the software is great :-)

    Conclusion:
    I used Mac Logo Design Studio Pro to create several options of logos for a new client, and it really felt like playing around, not a chore… and bang, the client loved one I had just whipped up in about 5 minutes. So this is a great product and will really jumpstart my ideas to make lots of new logos.

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  2. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    All I can say is Horrible, August 24, 2012
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    This review is from: Mac Logo Design Studio Pro 2.0 [Download] (Software Download)

    As an employee within an IT organization, this company should be embarrassed for putting this product out. It doesn’t work – crashes all the time and you can rarely save your documents. It has potential but they apparently don’t know how to test their software and, if they do, they don’t care how it works. Amazon – you are nuts for selling this and I want my money back. I will pay better attention to the feedback next time around.

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  3. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Piece of junk basic software that is worthless, March 11, 2012
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    This review is from: Mac Logo Design Studio Pro 2.0 [Download] (Software Download)

    I bought this software for $20 and wasted $20, thinking that I could use it to design a somewhat professional logo but NO not even a basic logo can be had with this childs play junk….Don’t buy just put your money else where because this crap won’t help you at all unless you enjoy losing $$$$$$

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  4. 355 of 363 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Such a bad experience so far that it’s almost comical, June 21, 2011
    By 
    Jeff Sprague (California) –
    (VINE VOICE)
      
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Toast 11 Titanium Mac (CD-ROM)
    Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What’s this?)

    Roxio has made an enemy today.
    Unless their e-mail tech support produces stellar results, their name is forever tarnished in my mind and I will never purchase their crap software again.

    Okay, installed smoothly, has nice tutorials, looks pretty good. Doesn’t work.

    Before you claim pilot error: I am using the latest Mac OS on a new MacBook Pro with 4GB. I was running no other apps at the time. I used the built-in OEM DVD drive. I used new, clean media. I installed updates to Toast. I did everything correctly.

    First project was to burn some sample files taken with a FLIP camera onto a DVD. That actually went smoothly. It was about a 1:1 conversion time. My minor complaint are that the media browser is kind of slow and clunky and is not good when you have hundreds of files, and doesn’t support drag-and-drop (although it supports the “finder’s” drag and drop. Oddly inconsistent.) It’s much more convenient to simply drag-and-drop your video files from Lightroom 3, or perhaps the finder, than to use their browser.

    I’ve never fully understood the full concept of this software since so many of the things (like making audio or data discs) you can do natively in the Mac desktop or from inside of iTunes. The ONLY REASON I wanted this software was to burn HIGH-DEF files onto a standard DVD. (Yes, I know it will hold much less than a Blu-Ray disk would – that’s not the issue.)

    Then things got bad…

    FIRST – in microscopic type you’ll find that this particular feature, which is highly touted on the packaging, isn’t included!!! That’s like buying Macaroni and Cheese and finding out the cheese is sold separately. Idiots. You have to pay another $20 to download the HD plug-in! And then these rip-off artists, straight out of sleazy used car dealer school, try to sell you a backup disk for a whopping $17 extra, AND THEN, they try to sell you undercoating, er, I mean, a $6 insurance policy. Apparently if you lose your computer or have to otherwise re-download the software THAT YOU PAID FOR, they won’t let you unless you coughed up the six buck insurance UP FRONT. WHAT A SCAM!!! If you fall for it, you end up paying an extra $43 on top of what you already paid, to get a feature that is supposed to be part of the package!

    Then things got REALLY bad…

    Okay, so I went to burn 10 minutes of high-def Flip video. It chugged away for OVER AN HOUR and then LOCKED UP at the 99% mark. For kicks, I tried it again, with 1 minute of some different video. Again it LOCKED UP at 99%. IT LOCKED UP BAD. I couldn’t eject the disk – I couldn’t exit the program (“Abort” was active, but it too locks up). You have to use Activity Monitor to force quit the app. EVEN AFTER A RESTART I couldn’t eject the disk! DISK UTILITY wouldn’t even eject the disk! I did a hard-power restart, and the Mac wouldn’t boot – you could hear it trying to make sense of this bad disc, but never got past the blue screen. I’ve never seen such behavior in a Mac. Finally, on the SECOND HARD POWER CYCLE, the Mac said “enough of this s***!” and kicked the disk out and proceeded to boot fine again.

    If you look on Roxio’s own user forum, YOU’LL SEE THAT THIS IS A COMMON PROBLEM, YET THEY CONTINUE TO SELL BAD SOFTWARE, and they continue to rip you off for the plug-in that doesn’t work either. This software has a lot of other features, most of which I don’t care about, and based on this experience, I doubt I’ll take the time and suffer the frustration of trying them, so you’re on your own there.

    As a software engineer myself, it’s hard to say this, but this company needs to fail, or reorganize or something. Every engineer responsible for shipping this P.O.S. code should be booted out of the industry. If you worked on this project, don’t even dream of submitting a resume to my company. Go to work tomorrow and punch your boss in the nose for limiting your future opportunities.

    I spent hours of my life composing this review so you won’t have to suffer my frustration.
    Please click that this review was helpful, so these jokers get the message that they can’t sell non-functioning products.

    FOLLOW-UP:

    Another lame finding, and I’m not sure this Roxio/Sonic’s limitation or the Blu-ray standard, but it limits you to 98 video files on a disc. That might sound like a lot, especially considering you only get about 30 minutes of video or less on a standard DVD, but as most home movies (such as done with the Flip) are made up of dozens of 3-10 second clips, I had only filled up half the DVD before Toast complained that I couldn’t add any more files.

    Yet another lame finding: and again, I don’t know if this is their fault, or the DVD standard – but as Toast burns all these clips as individual movies (rather than chapters) you can’t skip any scenes by pressing the CHAPTER+ keys! And you know how boring some home video can be! I hope…

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  5. 99 of 102 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Sketchy, April 19, 2011
    By 
    David Arnstein (California) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Toast 11 Titanium Mac (CD-ROM)

    Installation went smoothly, but afterwards I could not launch any programs. The problem was that the main Applications folder “Toast 11 Titanium/” had restrictive permissions. Easily fixed, but annoyingly stupid.

    I wasn’t about to waste time on this piece of junk without applying all available patches first. The program installed as version 11.0. When I launched Toast, it immediately offered to download version 11.0.2 and I went for it. After a long slow download, failure to install. No explanation, beyond “please contact manufacturer for assistance.” I tried this twice, rebooting my computer between tries. Fail.

    I visited the Roxio website and found a (huge) patch available for download. It was only version 11.0.1 but I went for that. After downloading it for about half an hour, I was able to install it. I launched it and it immediately offered to download version 11.0.2. Another long slow download, but the installation was a success!

    I now have the latest version 11.04 installed. The program works OK for simple tasks such as ripping a CD. For such tasks, it is easy to understand and use too. However, the program promises much more than simple tasks. Whenever I attempt a task that is not simple, Toast crashes in the middle of the task. When processing video files, “middle” can mean “after 90 minutes of waiting.” If this sounds unpleasant, that’s because it is. The worst of it is that Toast promises features that require a certain amount of effort on the part of the user. For example, non-linear editing of a video file. When the program crashes, you lose effort as well as time. Bad, bad, bad.

    Roxio has a solid reputation as a vendor of sketchy software, going back decades. Toast 11 does nothing to improve that reputation.

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  6. 67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    spin doctor doesnt work, April 18, 2011
    By 
    TB (California, USA) –

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Toast 11 Titanium Mac (CD-ROM)

    Spent 2 weeks trying to get the audio/video capture part of the software to even load . Not helpful responses from roxio support. The CD burning part produced some CDs that didn’t even work in my CD player. I think they rushed this out the door without a debug. Returned for refund. No more toast or roxio for me.

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