posted this on August 4, 2010, 1:54 AM
** Edited December 11, 2014 **
Q: What's the difference between the paper and binding you use and that of other photo books?
In a word - Quality. Our pages are made from real archival quality photo paper. This provides you with a depth and richness of color and detail that press print books can't even come close to. Our binding is incredibly durable and allows our pages to lay flat for seamless photo spreads. Some of our competitors offer lay flat binding, but their pages are mounted on hinges that can come loose over time and leave a gap down the center of your spreads.
Q: What software do you use to edit photo books?
AdoramaPix has developed its own software called PixPublisher. Built using Adobe Flash, this powerful yet easy-to-use editor can be accessed online using most web popular browsers on the Mac or PC. Unlike application-based editors, PixPublisher doesn't require you to install any software on your computer, keeps all your data backed up on our secure servers, and is always running the latest version.
Q: Can I put an image on the cover of my book?
Absolutely. The cover of the book is completely customizable - just like the pages in the interior of the book. You can put photos, collages, graphics or text anywhere on the cover or spine. Unlike some of our competitor's photo books, which provide you with a handful of options, we allow you to choose from millions of colors for the cover of your book. Let your creativity be your guide.
Q: Does it cost anything to build a photo book?
No. Our PixPublisher editor is free to use, as is our extensive library of graphics, backgrounds and fonts. Basic accounts are free, and provide temporary storage of your photos. Experiment as much as you like, it's absolutely free until you place an order.
Q: Can I design my own layouts or must I use one of yours?
Either. You can design your own layout from scratch, or choose one of ours. You can also choose one of our layouts and personalize it as much or as little as you like. All of our layouts were built using the same powerful online editing tool that you'll be using, so your options aren't limited in any way. We also provide you with thousands of backgrounds, graphics and fonts to choose from.
We also give you freedom to design your layouts however you like. Choose any color as a background, or use one of your own photos. Place photos or text anywhere on your page at any size, angle or transparency. It's your book, so build it your way.
Q: Can I show other people my book online?
Absolutely. You can choose to share your book online. This allows people you provide with the link to view your book through any web browser. They will be able to flip through a virtual preview of your printed book online. If you want, you can even provide viewers with the option to purchase a copy.
Q: How long does it take to make a book?
If you use one of our pre-built templates and our auto-fill feature you can have your book finished in minutes. If you want to build a book completely from scratch it can take a few hours. It really depends on how fancy you want to make it. Even if you have your own ideas for how your book should look, using one of our templates as a starting point can save you a lot of time.
Q: What happens if I leave blank pages?
If you leave blank pages in your book they will come out as pure white pages in the printed book. If you don't want them to be blank, you have several options for changing the background. Blank pages can be handy for guest books, shower books, yearbooks, or any photo book where you want to leave room for people to write in comments.
Q: Is there a limit on the number of photos I can put into a book?
No, you can add as many photos to your book as you like. You could put 100 photos on a single page if you like. The only limit is your imagination.
Q: Do I have to use your editor to build my photo book?
No. Our unique web-based editing tool gives you the flexibility and power to build amazing photo books. However, if you are accustomed to working with another editor, you can use that instead if it allows you to export your page spreads in full size as JPG or TIFF files. Our pre-constructed template makes it a snap to import page spreads into our editor. Just import them as you would any other photo and click our auto-fill option. Your book will be built in under a minute.
Q: Can I add a specific number of pages?
Yes. You can have any even number of pages between 10 and 76. Your book will start at 10 pages and you can add more by clicking on the +/- icon in the lower right corner of the editor screen. Note that not every combination of pages is displayed when you click on the +/-, you may have to add or remove pages in several chunks. Note also that pages will be added or removed starting after the current page spread you're on. i.e. if you have Pages 9-10 up on the screen and add 6 more, they'll show up starting at page 11.
Q: What is the turnaround time on an order?
Allow 2-3 business days + shipping from the time you place your order to the time you receive your book. Leather covers take about a week.
Q: Where can I learn how to use your photo book software?