Screenshot: Picaboo X Photo Book Software
Picaboo has been working awhile on a new software that is also Mac compatible and they have just released it - called Picaboo X. There is a lot that is totally different with this software release, but they continue to offer one of the most flexible software packages available.
The biggest change with this release is that there is only a 8 MB software download --very small and quick-- and it operates on an Adobe Air platform. The previous software version was a hefty 114 MB download. While it's a shame they don't offer an on-page option for designing a photo book, it's actually pretty amazing that they can offer so much with their software when there is such a small download.
Another fun feature added to the new software at Picaboo is the ability to post your photo books on your Facebook page.
The Photo Book Design Process
After your installation, you always start your design process by clicking on the desktop icon to see your bookshelf. Your first choice is the theme, and then you choose the pictures you want to use in the book. You can choose to arrange these one-by-one yourself, or have them auto-arranged by the software.
The Photo Preview Feature: Once you have chosen your pictures and are in the picture tray, you can hover over a picture to see it a little bit larger, or click on it to have it enlarged. It makes it pretty simple to find and arrange specific photos. I was recently making a book with a friend and she was having trouble seeing who was in a picture she was trying to place in her book - and that photo book printer's software did not have any picture preview at all. So this is a great feature that you might not appreciate until you do not have it.
Using Picaboo for a Photo Book BusinessPicaboo is also a good option for those looking to design photo books professionally for others, as the "share" capability within allows you to send off a particular design for client review before actually placing your order.
Comparative Software Picaboo Review
|Background Themes||Over 14,000|
|Layout Variety||More than you would ever need - plus can add are delete picture from layouts.|
|JPG as a Background||Available for any page|
|Text - variety and Full Page||Nice variety|
|Embellishments and Corners||Nice variety|
Picaboo Backgrounds and Themes
There are a greater variety of layouts than any other photo book printer's software (to my knowledge, anyway), and you can expand on that by being able to add as many pictures that you want to a layout, move any of the pictures, and expand the size of any picture box. It's pretty intuitive to use.
Photo Editing Capabilities
Picaboo Photo Book Sizes, Paper, and Quality
But they do have several book types. The basic types include the typical die-cut books along with a custom photo cover. Then there are high quality books (Cape Cod, Modern, Victorian, Madison, and Ranch) which are printed using a 110 lb. matte paper, rather than the 100 lb. glossy used on their other books. The pages in these higher-quality books also lay-flat, eliminating the bending that occurs when normal pages are sewn directly into the spine. These all come at a much higher price, though. For more information on pricing, see our Covers and Sizes page.
The "Wedding Flush Mount" is the highest quality photo book at Picaboo. If you're looking for a premium, thick book feel this is one of the best on the market. The books come in two sizes an 11x8.5 and a 14x11. Both are landscape orientation. The pages lay completely flat and extend across the entire page. You can choose from six leather cover colors. For more information on this, visit our wedding page.
Photo Book Paper Weights and Quality
|Paper Weight||Classic and Regency: 100# glossy
Lay Flat Books: 110# semi-gloss - thickness of an index card
Flush Mount: Kodak Endura sliver-halide photo paper mounted on lay-flat board
|Max. # of Pages||160 pages or 300 MB file size
flush mount: 90 pages or 300 MB files size
Photo Book Paper Weights and Quality
|11x14||$449.99 (flush mount only)|
Support and Customer Service
However, one thing I didn't like: if you try to use the chat feature outside of their schedule, or when it's down, the email option they give you instead doesn't work all that well. The one I tried to send got no confirmation or response. So if the chat's down, I'd suggest going directly the the Email section.
Picaboo Review Updated: August 1, 2010
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