Written by Justin Strauss
Most people focus primarily on the printer when purchasing their first ID card system. This is natural as it is usually the most expensive part of your system.
One of the most commonly overlooked items with new users is the ID card software they are choosing to use. We strongly encourage you to put as much effort into choosing your ID card software as you do your printer. After all, it is the program that is used every time you need to make a card.
Here are three easy ste ps to choosing the ID software that is right for you.
1. Determine what you’ll need your ID card software to do
Almost all software manufacturers have three versions. These versions can be broken into three categories:
- Basic – card design software
- Database – card design plus the ability to save cardholder records
- Professional – card design, save records, and network
Determining if you just need to make cards, save cards, do a batch print, or have multiple printing stations will help you know where to start.
2. Choose an ID card software brand
There are a lot of brands out there, and most offer a free trial. Take advantage of the free ID card software trials and make sure that you like the look and feel of the software program. We are strong advocates of the “try it before you buy it” approach.
3. Check the specifications
Take one final look at the product’s specifications and make sure they meet your software needs. Also be sure to check the requirements of your PC and operating system.
Following these three simple steps will ensure your overall satisfaction with your card design program, and your ID system as a whole. If you have any questions on a particular program or brand, please contact an ID Professional at (800) 321-4405 x 2.