News of the Past

Desktop Program Instructions

If your client birthday software does not install on your computer for any reason we will email a replacement program if your program is currently supported. To inquire into replacement software, please contact Spectrum Unlimited LLC. Spectrum Unlimited LLC will need to verify your order history before emailing a replacement program link and password.

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Software support questions, please email support questions to:

Program Updates

News of the Past Professional, CardWare and The Date You Were Born program updates are available for purchase around December 15th each year.

Annual update options software update center.

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News of the Past user guide.

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If you are in need of technical assistance with News of the Past, CardWare or The Date You Were Born software, please e-mail your question or issue to What to include in your support request e-mail: error messages, the name of the program you are using, date of purchase. Telephone support is available Monday - Thursday at 415-647-1070. Telephone support hours are 11 AM to 3:30 PM Pacific time. Please do not leave software support related telephone messages requesting a call back because Spectrum Unlimited does not return technical support related telephone calls.

This page offers help with technical issues. It is assumed that you successfully install News of the Past or CardWare. If your program does not install for any reason you can , To install a downloaded program you will need a password. Contact Spectrum Unlimited for a password. Once Spectrum Unlimited can verify your order history, and if you purchased your program in the past 90 days, a password will be forwarded to you.

Additional Resources

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Making a birthday greeting
To create a greeting, you will need to enter a name and birth date in the Recipient Window. Next, look at the name of the print template currently selected. You will see the template name in a yellow field below a heading Select-A-Card-Content. To change print templates, click on the Certificate Templates button located in the next to the Select-A-Card-Content area on the main screen. If you are printing onto greeting forms that have lines and heading pre-printed on the paper, you use the print template titled News. All other print templates print the category headings.

Date format: 06/15/1958 - is - June 15th 1958.

Anniversary and On This Day greetings are made using the same instructions outlined above under Making a birthday greeting.

Birthday Milestone
You can send the same person a birthday greeting year after year and not repeat the same information using the Birthday Milestone feature in News of the Past and CardWare. The Birthday Milestone feature allows you to change the focus away from the day someone was born and focuses the greeting on when they turned 5 or 10 or 16 or 18 or 20 years old. Simply click the Birthday Milestone button and select a milestone option. The program automatically adjusts the content to the selected milestone, and titles the greeting -- Turning back the clock to your (milestone choice) birthday.

content editor option
The content editor window displays the information that will print. You can also preview printed information by clicking the Print Preview button.

Message option
Add a message by clicking the Message button. The message will repeat on all greeting until deleted or changed. The maximum message length is 3 lines. The message alignment and font can be changed using the Design option.

Design option
To make design changes like alignment adjustments, adding color, importing graphics, use the design feature. Find help with the desktop designer in your built-in instruction guide located on the top menu.

Birthstone and Birth sign option
If you don't want to use the birthstone and zodiac sign that feature can be turned off. To turn off birthstone and zodiac click Edit located on the top menu, then click Print Options. There you can turn the birthstone and zodiac sign on and off.

Help System
Access the in-program help guide available in CardWare and News of the Past software by clicking help on the top menu.

Access the in-program help guide available in CardWare and News of the Past software by clicking help on the top menu.