C Greetings - Greetings card creation and printing App

The C Greetings app will allow you to create and print your own greetings cards. This app is available from the Windows App store here. Cards may be created by using the apps in-built library of pictures and verses or by inserting your own pictures and verses. To see a video demonstration of CGreetings click here

Download CGReetings from the Windows store

This page relates to the Windows 10 version of CGreetings. To see details of earlier versions still available for Windows 8 and 8.1 see here

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For a fully printable version of this guide click here (Opens PDF File).

Requirements

You will require a PC or Tablet computer running Windows 10 and a color printer (see here for the Windows 8 and 8.1 version). Paper for printing the cards on to needs to be either A4 (210mm x 297mm), Legal (215.9mm x 355.6mm) or Letter (215.9mm x 279.4mm) size. The paper is folded in half to make the card. For best results the paper should be either photo paper or white card with a weight of between 170gsm and 216gsm (gsm = 'Grams per Square Meter').

Optionally you may use a printer capable of double sided printing, although you may print cards without this feature.

For advice on choosing and sourcing envelopes see here

The app is now available from the windows store here

Basic use

Cgreetings Icon

CGreetings Icon

Tap the CGreetings icon to load the app. After a few seconds the main screen showing a blank front cover to the card will load. Assuming the screen is oriented in landscape mode, the screen is broken up into four columns. In the first column is a scrollable library of pictures to use on the front cover. In the centre of the screen is the front cover of the card (currently blank), in the next column is a group of options and input fields used to control the look of the front page. In the right hand column is a list of command buttons.

To use the app follow the instructions within the 'Work Flow' box as shown at the top centre of the screen (as below).

Workflow information
Workflow instructions - Read and complete instructions then tap the right arrow to progress through the instructions and the left arrow to go back to the previous instruction.

After completing each instruction tap the forward > arrow to the right of the instruction to see the next instruction. The item to action will be highlighted on screen by being surrounded by a red rectangle.

Keep doing this until you reach the last instruction, which will be to print the card. When you get to the end of all the instructions relating to the front cover of the card the next right tap will move to a screen for the inside 'verse' page of the card. After following these instructions a few times you should have learnt how to use the app and will be able to create and modify cards without them.

Settings

Before using the app for the first time you should review and adjust the 'CGreeting Settings'. To do this show the bottom menu by tapping on the 'More' button at the bottom right corner of the screen, and Tap 'Settings' from the list that appears above the 'More' button.

More
More
The bottom menu also holds buttons for lesser used functions (such as saving to Facebook or Email and Saving a card for future use). With orientation aware PC's the button icons will display at the bottom of the screen on Landscape orientation but only a grayed out bar will display in Portrait. To fully open up the menu tap the More button.

Fully open bottom menu
Bottom menu bar when fully open, after clicking ... (More)

Notice how the About, Help and Settings options pop up at the right hand end of the menu. Information messages show at the left hand side of the bar.

A 2 Tab settings screen will show that will look similar to below.

New settings screen (Paper tab) New settings screen (Advanced tab)
Settings screen - Paper Tab Advanced Tab

The selected Tab is highlighted in green. The available options are as follows.

Double Sided printing (Paper Tab)

If your printer is capable of double sided printing (i.e. will automatically print on both sides of a piece of paper) tap on the right hand side of the double sided printing toggle switch to set it in the 'On' position. You will then need to set your printer to print double sided by default (see your printer's manual for how to do this). Some printer manufacturers call this feature 'Duplex' printing.

Paper Size

Select the size of paper loaded in your printer by taping the appropriate check box.

Border and Gutter

Some printers may not print right up to the edge and may need a border setting to stop any pictures or text being truncated. A border can be set between 0 and 50mm.

Note that most printers have a larger unprintable area at the bottom of a sheet of paper. The app avoids using this area (by printing the card in reverse). Most printers will leave a small border without truncating unless it has a full 'edge to edge' printing feature for the size of paper being used (Check your printers manual).

A Gutter is the border on the left hand side of the picture and verse after the card is folded. If you have set an overall border you may wish to set this to the same size if you wish any pictures to seem centred. By default border and gutter is set to zero. You should print a test card to ascertain the best setting.

Click the Advanced Tab to access the following options.

Card Validation (Advanced tab)

(Full Pro version only)

If you wish to be prompted if there are missing elements in your card, tap on the right hand side of the Card validation toggle switch to set it in the 'On' position.

Verse Title Display

This section chooses how the title displays on the listing of Verses on the left hand column of the inside page of the app. The four options are:

  • Verse Title only. e.g. 'All those candles'
  • Category and Verse Title. e.g. 'Birthday - All those candles'
  • 1st Letter of Category and Verse Title. e.g. '(B) All those candles'
  • Auto (Adjust based on screen width).

The Auto option (Default) will display the Verse Title only when the screen is in Portrait mode or is displaying in a narrow window. It will display Category and Verse Title when in portrait mode and not in a narrow window. For small screens you will be better choosing the Verse Title only option.

Show full title on mouse over

When On is selected (Off is default) a mouse over pop up will display (as below) when the mouse pointer is moved over a verse description on the list of verses on the inside page. This will display the selected category and full description (Title) of the verse. This is useful if the listings are to wide to fit in the list box. It may be better to leave this off on touch enabled PC's.

Mouse over showing over verse listing
Show full title on mouse over selected.

Reset back to Defaults

This will return the app back to its originally installed state. This will reset all settings, remove all elements of the current card being worked on and remove any personal verses you have added to the app. When the 'Reset back to Defaults' button is tapped a warning dialog will show. Tap the Yes (✓) option to reset or the No (X) option to cancel.

When all settings are reset, you will be returned to the main screen.

Front Cover Creation

Creating the front cover involves loading and aligning a picture, writing text as a greeting then adjusting its size color and position.

Firstly select a category of card images you wish to select from. Do this by taping a 'Category' from the options at the top of the 'Action' column (options are Anniversary/Valentine, Birthday, Christmas or Other).

A thumbnail view of the available pictures is shown in a scrollable list of the left of the screen. Tap the picture you require and it will load into the front page of the card.

Alternatively if you wish to use your own picture you can tap the 'Load Own Picture' button (next to bottom icon  of the right hand column) and a file selection dialogue will show. Select the picture you require and tap the 'Open' button to load the picture.

If a picture does not have the same aspect ratio of the front cover of the card it will be either too long or too wide. In this case the image can be moved on the screen to get the best alignment.

Vertical Scrolling Icons

Horizontal Scrolling Icons

Icons for Vertical and Horizontal scrolling.

If the image is movable a Vertical or Horizontal scrolling icon will show in the centre of the card (as left). The picture should be dragged with a finger or mouse to the best position.

Note that a card cannot be moved beyond its boundaries. When loaded it will be centered on the screen.

Once the picture is aligned type some 'greeting' text (e.g. Happy Birthday) into the 'Greeting' box near the top of the 'Action' column. This text can be adjusted as follows:

Size: You may increase the size of the font used by taping the 'Increase Font' button or decrease the size by taping the 'Decrease font' button. You many also resize the font via use of Pinch and Zoom. Touch the Greeting Text with two fingers, and then move the fingers toward each other (pinch) to shrink the text or away from each other (stretch) to grow the text. For users without touch screens the text can be resized via use of a mouse scroll wheel.

Font: You can change the font being used by taping the 'Font' button and selecting from a drop down list of available fonts.

color: You can change the color of the text by taping the 'Font color' button and then taping the required color from the grid of colors that display.

Position: You may position the text anywhere on the page by dragging it with your finger or mouse to the required position. Note that the drag box that appears around the text will not be printed on the final card.

Age Badge: If it is a birthday or anniversary card you may wish to display an age badge on the card. This is a colored circle with a number in the centre of it.

Age Badge selection

Red 19 age badge selected (Badge showing at top).

To enable display of an age badge tap the 'Enabled' check box within the Age Badge section (top of the control).

You can change the color of the badge by tapping one of the four colors showing in the Age Badge section (as left).

To change the age drag the slider to the right to increase the age and to the left to decrease the age. For finer control tap either the green Decrease ( - ) or Increase ( + ) button the required number of times to change the age by 1 year per tap.

For users with a wheeled mouse the age printed on the badge can be adjusted with the wheel. Just hover the mouse pointer over the badge and push wheel forward to adjust the age upwards and backwards to adjust the age down.

The badge can be moved anywhere on the page by dragging with the finger or mouse.

Inside Page Creation

When the front cover is completed tap the Inside Page button (near thet the bottom right of the screen). Alternatively you may tap the large right arrow button on the card image. This will move to a screen enabling the inside page to be completed.

The inside page is made up of mainly text split into 4 sections and an optional 'Kiss' graphic.

The sections are:

To: Who the card is to, prefixed with 'To:'.

Verse: The verse

Salutation: A greeting gesture (i.e. "with all my love" or "Merry Christmas").

From: Who the card is from

Kiss (Optional): A small image showing kisses.

If you wish to use a verse from a different category to that selected on the front page (this is used by verses and salutations) tap a 'Category to view' from the options near the top of the right hand column Anniversary, Birthday, Christmas or Other).

Next type the name of the person the card is to into the 'Recipient' box (Near top of right hand column).

Next select a verse from the available list that shows their titles in the scrollable list on the left hand column.Tap the title to load the verse into the card.

You may also ask the app to suggest an appropriate verse by tapping the 'Suggest Verse' button (next to Bottom of right hand column). This will pick an appropriate verse that fits the front cover picture chosen. Note: this option is only displayed if a front cover picture has been selected, it is an in-built picture (i.e. not one of your own) and the category selected is the same category that the cover picture was selected from.

Alternatively you may create your own verse by tapping the 'Own Verse' button (Near bottom of right column). In the dialog that appears in the centre of the screen give the verse a title, select a category to enter the verse into and type the text of the verse. Then tap the Add (+) button to add the verse to the card.

This verse will also now be added to the bottom of the scrollable list of verses on the left of the screen. If you select another verse from the scrollable list you can reinsert your own verse by just taping its title in the list. This verse will be available until you either end the session, enter another Own Verse' or you save it.

Next type the name of the person the card is from into the 'From' box.

Down Icon

Down

Next type a salutation (e.g. "with all my love" or 'Merry Christmas') into the 'Salutation' box or select from a drop down list by taping the down arrow (as left) on the right side of the box. Note that salutations in the drop down list are broken up into categories, the same as the verses.

You may now change the size, color and font of the text on the inside page. This text can be adjusted as follows:

Size: You may increase the size of the font used by taping the 'Increase Font' button or decrease the size by taping the 'Decrease font' button. Each time changes the size by 2 points. You many also resize the font via use of Pinch and Zoom. Touch the page with two fingers, and then move the fingers toward each other (pinch) to shrink the text or away from each other (stretch) to grow the text. For users without touch screens the text can be resized via use of a mouse scroll wheel.

Font: You can change the font being used by taping the 'Font' button and selecting from a drop down list of available fonts.

Color: You can change the color of the text by taping the 'Font color' button and then taping the required color from the grid of colors that display. Note that if a light colored font is chosen the background color of the page will change to make the text readable.

Now if you require to add a 'Kisses' graphic just tap the required graphic from inside the 'Kisses' box or tap 'None' if you do not require a kisses graphic.

Kiss image selection
Available 'Kiss' graphics
The 'Kiss' will be added to the bottom of the inside page. The 'Kiss' can be moved anywhere on the page by dragging with the finger or mouse.

The inside page should now be complete. Review the page and then return to the front cover by taping the back button (in the top left corner).

Existing verses can be edited (Full Pro version only) . To edit a verse first load it into the card by selecting from the list of available verses or create your own via the 'Own Verse' button. Tap the 'Edit Verse' button to show the edit dialog. Edit the verse and tap the 'Update' button to use the edited version in the card. To save this edited version for future use tap the 'Save Own Verse' button. Note that in-built and saved verses are not overwritten, an edited copy is made of the original. Thus for clarity change the Title of any edited verse to stop confusion with the original.

To save your own verse (Full Pro version only) for future use tap the 'Save Own Verse' button that shows at the bottom of the screen to save a verse that has been created or modified by the user. If in Portrait mode tap the ... (More) button on the bottom right corner of the screen to display the bottom menu bar.

Note: Each time a new verse is created or an existing verse is modified it overwrites any existing verse that has not been saved, thus to ensure any modified verse you wish to keen remains available for future use you must save it before any further new or modified verse is created.

Delete own verses (Full Pro version only) Verses that were created or modified by the user can be deleted. To use just click the Edit Verse button after selecting the verse you wish to delete. In the edit verse dialog you will see a Delete button to the right of the Update and Cancel buttons. Just click this to delete the verse. Note that you may only delete verses that you have created or modified yourself, you cannot delete the In Built verses that are delivered with the app. If an In Built verse is selected the Delete button will be disabled.

Printing

When you are ready to print the card first make sure your printer is loaded with the blank card paper. If your printer is capable of double sided printing first make sure it is set up to print double sided (see your printers manual for this) and that Double Sided printing is set to on within Settings (Choose Settings from the Bottom menu bar).

Tap the 'Print' button (bottom of right hand column). If you tap the Print button from the inside page the app will be returned to the front page before printing. A pop up dialog will now display that will have a drop down list of the printers available to you.

Printer selection
Example Printer choice pop up

Tap the printer drop down (as above) and select the printer you wish to use.

A preview of the card will be displayed similar to the card above, showing the front and back cover of the card. If double sided printing has been selected (in settings) then you may preview the inside page by taping the right arrow Right arrow above the card preview.

You may select the number of copies of the card you wish to print by overtyping the number of copies or by taping the + (increase) and - (decrease) buttons on the end of the 'Copies' box.

If you are happy with the preview tap the 'Print' button to print the card.

If the printer is double sided printing enabled the complete card will print out (this will take quite a few seconds).

If your printer is not capable of double sided printing the page containing the front and back cover will print first and a dialog similar to as follows will then display in the centre of the screen.

 

Re-Insert paper dialog
Re-Insert paper dialog
Take the printed piece of paper and feed it back into the printers input tray.

If the printer loads and prints paper from the bottom of the printer take the paper out, turn it 180 degrees horizontally and feed it back into the printer input tray.

If the printer loads paper from the top and prints from the bottom, take the printed paper out, flip it over and place it back in the top input feed.

For ease of manipulation it is usually easier to have only a single piece of card in the input tray.

Once the sheet is correctly located back in the input tray tap the Yes (✓) button to print or the No (X) option to cancel (Default is No). A preview of the card will be displayed, showing the back cover of the card. Select the same printer you chose for the first half of the print.

It is recommended that you experiment turning and re-inserting the printout with standard paper before using expensive card until you are sure you know how to reload the paper properly as some printers may need to have the paper turned differently or may not need turning.

Once printed out hold the card in landscape mode and fold it in the centre to make the completed card. It can be made easier to fold if you use a ruler to create an edge along the centre of the card.

Emailing

Before using the email feature for the first time you must ensure your Windows Mail client has been configured and tested. See here for how to setup and use Windows mail.

Tap the 'Mail' button that shows at the bottom right of the screen (If in Portrait mode tap the ... (More) button on the bottom right corner of the screen to display the bottom menu bar). If you tap the Email button from the inside page the app will be returned to the front page before emailing.

The following dialogue will now display.

Share card via email
Select an email format and image size

Email format selection
(Full Pro version only)

There are 4 email formats to choose from as per the dialogue on the left. The choices are:

  • Front page only
  • Horizontal images
  • Vertical images
  • Front page image with verse text
Tap the format of choice.

Image size selection

Now select how large you would like the pictures of the card to appear in the email by dragging the slider. The pictures can be from 25% to 100% of the original card (50% is a good medium for most email clients).

To share the card via email tap the Produce Email (✓) button. After a few seconds a share pane will open in the centre of the screen. tap the Mail (Send an email) icon and the Mail client will open and be populated with your card. Review the heading of the email (which will default to the salutation entered on the inside page of the card followed by the recipient name), overtyping to something more suitable if required. Finally type the email address of the recipient in the To: field and then tap the Send icon to share the card.

Facebook Posting

Before using the Facebook Post feature for the first time you must have installed the Official Facebook app. This is available from the Windows Store here. The app should have been logged onto at least once before attempting to Post cards from the CGreetings app.

Tap the 'Facebook' button that shows at the bottom of the screen (If in Portrait mode tap the ... (More) button on the bottom right corner of the screen to display the bottom menu bar). If you tap the Facebook button from the inside page the app will be returned to the front page before posting.

The following dialogue will now display.

Share card via Facebook
Select a Facebook Post format and image size

Facebook Post format selection
(Full Pro version only)

There are 2 Facebook Post formats to choose from as per the dialogue on the left. The choices are:

  • Front page only
  • Horizontal images
Tap the format of choice. Note: 'Horizontal images' posts the front and inner verse page as two pictures.

Image size selection

Now select how large you would like the pictures of the card to appear in Facebook by dragging the slider. The pictures can be from 25% to 100% of the original card (50% is a good medium for most Facebook clients).

To share the card via Facebook tap the Facebook Post (✓) button. After a few seconds a share pane will open in the centre of the screen. tap the Facebook icon and the Facebook app will open and be populated with your card. Review the text of the Post (which will default to the salutation entered on the inside page of the card followed by the recipient name), overtyping to something more suitable if required. Finally tap the Post button to upload the card to your timeline.

Note: When the share pane appears it will likely offer more choice than just Facebook. These are other apps that the card can be shared with. One of these will be email but the format of the email will not be as good as using the Email button (it sends card as two attachments rather than being properly formatted for view within the email).

Card validation (Full Pro version only)

If card validation is switched on the basic elements of a greetings card are checked to ensure they exist on the card before it is printed or emailed. If any element is missing a 'Validation Check' dialogue will display to show the errors for the user to correct. An example dialogue looks as follows:
Card validation
Example validation dialogue

If the dialogue does not appear after the print button or the Email format and size selection dialogue then the basic elements of the card are in place. If it does appear then review the elements that are missing, cancel the dialogue and correct the missing elements before continuing.

You can choose to ignore the dialogue by tapping the Continue (✓) button but this may result in a card with missing elements or error messages displayed on the card.

If you do not wish to see the dialogue on each print/email you may check the 'Dont show again' option and these checks will not be carried out in future. If you change your mind and want to switch Card validation back on this can be done from within the Settings page.

Manage Signatures (Full Pro version only)

Instead of using standard text fonts to print the name of the card sender you may instead draw a signature directly onto the screen. This can be done with a mouse, by your finger (On Touch enabled PC's) or with a PC connected pen (For Pen enabled PC's).

To load the utility go to the inside 'verse' page of the card and then tap the 'Manage Signatures' button from the Bottom menu bar (If in Portrait mode tap the ... (More) button on the bottom right corner of the screen to display the bottom menu bar).  The dialog as below will display in the centre of the screen.

Manage Signature screen
Manage Signature screen

For simple creation of a signature using a mouse just click and hold the left mouse button inside the gray box and drag the pointer to draw out the signature. Release the mouse button to stop drawing. For best results start on the left side of the box and draw up to the dotted lines (as per example above). If you make a mistake just tap the clear button to start again. Once complete just tap the 'Use Signature' button to insert the signature into the card.

The card will display the signature and the typed 'From:' input field will display the message 'Signature in use'. To revert to using a typed signature tap the 'Manage Signatures' button again and tap the '( - ) No Signature' button to revert to using a typed signature.

Signatures can by drawn with varying thickness of pen nibs and colors. The current color and pen nib in use will display in the top right of the Manage Signature utility. In the example above it is using a Black Ball Point Pen nib. To change the Pen nib click the 'Pen Nib' button and choose from the 4 available Pen nibs. To change the color used by the pen click the 'Pen color' button and select from 1 of 12 colors.

The 4 pen nibs are (From narrowest to widest) Fine Liner, BallPoint, Felt Tip and Marker pens. You may mix both pen nibs and colors in the same signature if required.

Be careful not to use the same pen color as the background color of the paper as you will not see the pen against the background. The utility will display a warning if you do this.

The manage signature utility will save the previously used signature and load it into the utility next time it is used. Just press the '( X ) Clear' button to remove this if you wish to create a new one. or just click 'Use Signature' to use it. You may reload the last signature at any time before 'Use Signature' is tapped by clicking the 'Reload Previous' button.

A demonstration video re use of the Signature functionality can be seen here

Save Completed Cards (Full Pro version only)

Completed cards can be saved for future use. This can be particularly useful if you use your own front cover pictures and scanned signatures (Full Pro version). Once saved a card can be reopened at a later date. They may also be deleted when no longer required.

Save a card

To prepare a card for saving first complete building a card (it is a good idea to test the card by printing it). Then tap the 'Save Card' icon from the Bottom Menu Bar on the Front page screen (If in Portrait mode tap the ... (More) button on the bottom right corner of the screen to display the bottom menu bar).  Note that the 'Save Card' button only appears on the Front Page app bar. You may first see a Validation screen telling you if you have missed off any of the elements of the card. The dialog as below will then display in the centre of the screen.

Save card screen
Save Card screen

This screen is showing the Save Card dialog. The 'Name' field shows a suggestion for a name to give your saved card. You may change this by overtyping the suggestion.

Underneath the name field is a list of currently saved cards. If you wish to overwrite any of the existing cards with this new or updated card. Tap the appropriate name to place this card name in the 'Name' field.

Note you cannot save a card if it does not have a Front Cover picture. You will see an error message if this is the case. Now tap the 'Save' button to save the card with the selected name. The card will be saved, the dialog will now disappear and you will be returned to the main screen.

Open or Delete a saved card

To open a previously saved card tap the 'Open Card' icon from the Bottom Menu Bar on the Front page screen (If in Portrait mode tap the ... (More) button on the bottom right corner of the screen to display the bottom menu bar).  Note that the 'Open Card' button only appears on the Front Page app bar.

Open card screen
Open Card screen

This screen is showing the Open Card dialog. The screen lists the cards that have previously been saved.

Tap the name of the card you wish to open and then tap the 'Open' button to open the card.

The dialog will now disappear and you will be returned to the main screen, which will display the previously saved card.

Deleting a card: If you wish to delete a previously saved card, tap the card you wish to delete and then tap the 'Delete' button. Note: The delete button is not displayed until a card is selected.

Keyboard shortcuts

For users with a physical keyboard certain functions can be invoked via use of keyboard shortcuts as follows.

Hold down the Alt key on the keyboard and then press the following keys.

Key Function Detail
p Print Prints out the current card
f Facebook Shares the current card with Facebook
e Email Shares the current card via Email
n Next Page Toggles between Cover and Verse page

Pressing F1 will display the help screen (This screen)

Holding down the Control key (may be marked as Ctrl) plus the p key will also print out the current card.

Note these shortcuts will only work from the main Front Cover and Verse pages, not from other panels.

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