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Developer(s) Encore, Inc.
Initial release 1991
Stable release
2.0 / 2009
Written in Windows, Mac OS X
Operating system Windows, Mac OS X
License Proprietary software

PrintMaster was a greeting card and banner creation program for Commodore 64, Apple II series and IBM PC computers.

As of 2017, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is offering the PrintMaster brand as a licensing opportunity on its website.[1]


In 1986 PrintMaster was the target of a lawsuit by Broderbund, who alleged that PrintMaster was a direct copy of their popular Print Shop program. The court found in favor of Broderbund, locating specific instances of copying.[2]

Since the early 1990s, the name has been used for basic desktop publishing software package, under the Brøderbund brand. It was unique in that it provided libraries of clip-art and templates through a simple interface to build signs, greeting cards, posters and banners with household dot-matrix printers. Over the years, it was updated to accommodate changing file formats and printer technologies.

PrintMaster evolved over the years keeping up to date by offering new types of printed output, including CD and DVD labels and inserts and photo book pages. PrintMaster is available Platinum and Gold variants.

PrintMaster 2.0 is the first consumer desktop publishing solution at retail to offer Macintosh and Windows compatibility and integrated professional printing.

In September 2010, PrintMaster 2011 was released. Versions include Platinum, Gold, and Express for digital download.

PrintMaster project types include banners, calendars, crafts, greeting cards, invitations, labels, signs, and scrapbook pages.

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The Broderbund line of products is published by Encore, Inc.[3]

  1. ^ "Licensing Opportunities". Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  2. ^ "BRODERBUND SOFTWARE, INC. v. UNISON WORLD NO. C-85-3457 WHO". For example, in the "Custom Layout" screen of "Print Shop," the user is instructed to press the "Return" key on the Apple keyboard. Similarly, in the "Custom Layout" screen of "Printmaster," the user is instructed to press the "Return" key on the IBM keyboard. Actually, the IBM keyboard contains no "Return" key, only an "Enter" key. Lodge admitted that Unison's failure to change "Return" to "Enter" was a result of its programmers' intense concentration on copying "Print Shop."
  3. ^ "Announcing the Release of Broderbund's PrintMaster 2.0". Reuters (Press release). 2009-10-19. p. 1.

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