I was asked about Smilebox some time ago and replied that I would use it for a while and post a review about it here. I'm sorry to say that I haven't been able to use Smilebox. I installed it on two different computers. It crashes upon start on both Vista running laptops and the desktop with XP it'll start up and show the menus and tools but that's as far as I was able to go. It's my understanding it uses some sort of flash player and I updated those. I went to Smilebox to trouble shoot and came up with nothing. Even their support comes up short.
I consider myself computer literate, at least to the point I should be able to get this program running. Since I cannot, this scores very low as far as being user friendly. Most people are click and go users that only understand the basics of surfing the web, installing programs and using them. My experience with the program and with their support staff says that this isn't a choice for a novice. If you try to install it and it won't come up, just uninstall it like I did. If you can get it up and running, you got a lot farther than I did.
Has anyone out there ever used it, and how was it??
UPDATE: I had asked my son to try getting it to work. He tried on both laptops running Vista and the desktop running XP. My laptop worked because (oh no surprise) I have turned off my Microsoft Updates. The other two were recently "brain washed" and reset to factory configurations, so Windows Updates snuck through. One of the service packs affects the Smilebox. I uninstalled one. Restarted the computer, reinstalled Smilebox - no go. Uninstalled another update, restarted, and yeeaaayy! Got it running. I didn't get a chance to play with it yet, though my son who is in a multi-media class says he likes it. He compared parts of it to Slide.com and said "it's cute". A girl in his class says she loves it.
So there ya go! I still have to check it out too. I just don't see myself using it to create scrapbooks, but maybe sending e-cards.
Thank you to the two gals who sent me Smileboxes, especially the flowers. It's snowing the biggest darndest flakes right now and earlier it was warm. I live near Flint, Michigan (far enough from the "action" to dodge the bullets). 8 days til spring... not soon enough!