How to Find MDS Components in Windows

In my last post I shared how to find My Digital Studio (MDS) components on a Mac, but didn't give any help to all of you using Windows.  My apologies, it's been a few years since I've had a PC. 

WindowsThen I sat down to work today and realized I have Windows loaded on part of my Mac hard drive, so I can figure out how to do anything in MDS on both operating systems.  Duh! 

In fact as soon as my tech calls me, I'm going to load the Windows version on my computer so I can share tips for both operating systems. 

Stampin' Up! has made it really easy to use MDS on both operating systems.  When you purchase downloads, regardless of whether you have a Mac or a PC, you choose which OS (operating system) you want to download the content for.  You can always access any of the downloads you have purchased by going to the Online Stampin' Up! Store.  Once you sign in (top left corner), click on My Account (top right corner), then choose the Downloads Tab.  Here's what the Download Manager looks like (Click on it for a larger view).  On the right you can see a place where you choose Mac OS X or Windows.

Download Manager screenshotIn the meanwhile, to get access to the Card Stock or Designer Series Paper you want to use in a photo space, go into My Computer, open (double click on) Local Drive (C:).  To simplify the instructions, I'll use the symbol ">" to indicate "open" or "double click" on a file.

Local Drive (C:) > Program Files, > My Digital Studio > Components > Backgrounds >  Card Stock or Designer Series Paper. 

Use these instructions in place of the Mac directions of steps 2 and 3 for how to fill one or more of the photo spaces with Card Stock or Designer Series Paper.

Apple-On-Laptop-Keyboard-35232296I promise not to be a Mac snob and pretend that I can't tell you how to do things on a PC.  I'll just have to learn both systems.  If you've followed Stamping Madly for any time at all, you know how I'm committed to teaching you the skills you need to be a successful stamperOr digiter (is that a word?) now that I'm determined to share my excitement about digital cardmaking and scrapbooking. 

If you haven't caught the MDS2 bug yet, be sure to take advantage of the FREE 30 Day TrialThen you can find MDS Components in Windows to fill photo spaces in photo layouts with Card Stock or Designer Series Paper.

2 Responses to How to Find MDS Components in Windows

  1. Mary October 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    I just recently got a new MAC and love it! Now what printer did you say you recently got, I know it was an Epson, was it a Workforce? Thanks for any tips you can share using a MAC!

  2. Sage Kimble October 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Hi Mary–congrats on switching to the Mac, I dont know anyone who has who doesnt love it. I switched 3 or 4 years ago, and wish I had done it sooner. The Epson printer I have is an Artisan 837, which is a good photo printer with fax, scan, and copy functions as well. Unfortunately the scan and fax functions dont work on wi-fi and need a direct USB connection, so I found that disappointing. Fortunately, I kept my old Cannon all-in-one and use that as my main printer. The only problem with the Epson is that you have to use Epson photo paper for the MDS images to come out with true colors and good quality. Ive heard from others with HP Printers that they get good results with our Whisper White and Very Vanilla card stock, but dont know which HP they are using. I wish Id known that when I bought the Epson, but oh, well! I think one of the keys to getting colors that are true to SU is having more than 3 color cartridges (in addition to black), which is why I went with the Epson Artisan. It has 5 colors plus black.

    Im putting together a video on printing images from MDS at home, and hope to have it up later this week–if the gremlins stop making mischief with my editing program! Anyway, keep an eye out for it.

    Sage Kimble
    Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator
    sage@stampingmadly.com

    If your fingers arent inky yet, what are you waiting for?

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