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Zapple

New York, US
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Zapple Registered since 10th Jan 2005
Tue 14-Dec-10 03:59 PM

Greetings all! I am about to order some photo books for the holidays. Does anyone have any experience with using Aperture 3 to make a book and how is the image quality from Apple?

If anyone has any experience or can recommend a site that makes books with QUALITY Prints, it would be greatly appreciate.

Thanks
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kuzzy

Milford, US
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#1. "RE: Making books from aperture 3" | In response to Reply # 0

kuzzy Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Dec 2005
Thu 16-Dec-10 02:41 AM

Adam, I ended up here as I was redirected from another thread you had started asking a slightly different question about books, reprints and hosting sites. I use Adorama to print for friends and family if it involves 5x7, 8x10 and up as I have found them to be a good balance between quality prints and price, turnaround time and ease of placing the order. For books I have found Blurb to also be a good balance between quality and price. I know some folks that use MPix and are happy for reprints/enlargments etc. Wish I could be of more help but I really do not do a lot of printing.

Marc
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Sgt Soldier Blue

North East, US
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Sgt Soldier Blue Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2004
Mon 27-Dec-10 05:40 PM

Sorry I didn't see this before. I have made three "Aperture" books. The quality is great! I also made one book using another popular service, which I didn't think was as good.

Popular Photography recently did an article on the various book printing companies. Aperture/Apple was rated very high!

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andrewvidale

AU
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andrewvidale Registered since 08th Apr 2009
Tue 28-Dec-10 01:31 AM

I recently made a "Medium Softcover Book" from Aperture 3 for a Christmas gift and can't fault the process. Simple as, good quality and quick turnaround - even in Australia where we usually get charged a premium.

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Murseeker

Breitenbach, CH
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Murseeker Registered since 21st Dec 2010
Thu 06-Jan-11 10:19 AM

Creating books out of Aperture is easy. The quality of the pictures is good and also the quality of the book itself is very good. The only negative point is the price. There are other products available which for a better price offer also very good picture quality.

Zapple

New York, US
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Zapple Registered since 10th Jan 2005
Thu 06-Jan-11 11:11 AM

Thanks for the reply. Would you mind sharing the names of the other companies ?

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Murseeker

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Murseeker Registered since 21st Dec 2010
Fri 07-Jan-11 05:34 AM

It might be not very useful for you if I give you the URL of those shops. They concentrate their business to Switzerland and possibly EU. Just do a little research in the US. Compare prices per page, paper quality, printing quality, make/shape of the book as well as the SW. For me the SW was also an important part. It should be able to run on a Mac, if possible allow for direct access to the Aperture library etc. It's relatively easy to find the information and check some forums for comments of users.

Andy

crashtest

Victoria, CA
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crashtest Silver Member Charter Member
Sat 08-Jan-11 02:42 AM

I've made a couple of books from Aperture and found the process very good. Been really happy with the photo, book and paper quality. I like that they print photos on the hard cover itself as well as the dust cover. I don't think they all do that. I really like the way you can integrate it with your library and easily add pictures as you go. Even from other libraries (if you maintain more than one). Just makes the whole process of cataloguing photos, creating slideshows and books all in one place very nice. A couple of friends have used Blurb and My Publisher but the one using Blurb has switched to My Publisher. That being said, the other person using My Publisher liked the layout options that my book had using Apple. Seems there may be more options such as changing the background colour of the pages on different pages in the same book. I like the maps feature for a travel journal type of book. Not sure if these others offer that ..but that was at least his observation when he saw my books. Apparently Apple now owns My Publisher.
A couple of words of advice. If you use one of the templates, don't delete the dust cover pages!! I did (somehow???) and couldn't seem to re create those pages even from the 'insert page from master' command. Posted on Apple's forum for Aperture Books and no one responded with a solution as well. So I had to rebuild the entire book. Make a copy (duplicate) of the book frequently so if you do make a mistake like that, you have a recent backup to go to.


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