Pixellu SmartAlbums 2 (Download)

Pixellu SmartAlbums 2 (Download)

Pixellu SmartAlbums 2 (Download)

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Product Highlights

  • Intuitive Photo Album Design Software
  • Drag-and-Drop Interface
  • Thousands of Page Templates
  • Customize and Save Preset Layouts
  • Timeline Navigation
  • Integrated Output Formatting & Presets
  • Supports Variety of Album Printers
  • 1-Year Cloud Proofing Subscription
  • Adobe Editing Workflow Compatibility
  • For Mac OS X 10.8-11 or Windows 10-7 SP1
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Pixellu PIXELLU2 Overview

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A simple and intuitive solution for producing photo albums, SmartAlbums 2 from Pixellu is an application that allows you to quickly produce well-designed, ready-to-print publications. Using a drag-and-drop interface for much of the design process, you simply add your photos directly to the project, choose which and how many photos are used in a spread, and then cycle through a choice of page layouts to best suit your work. Imagery can be cropped, scaled, and re-positioned once inserted, and borders and opacity settings can also be adjusted. Albums can be formatted according to a wide variety of specs from popular printers, or custom sizes can also be used, and saved, for other output applications. Once your design is complete, a unique Cloud Proofing feature can be utilized to gain online approval or input from your clients prior to sending your finish album to print.

SmartAlbums 2 is a standalone application that is compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems. It supports working within an Adobe workflow, with the ability to preserve Lightroom and Bridge ratings as well as seamlessly transition layered documents to Photoshop or InDesign for further image editing.

Drag-and-Drop and Timeline
A simple drag-and-drop interface allows you to quickly and intuitively add and organize the photographs within your project. You can drag photos directly into your project or, if you already have a predetermined set of images to use, bring them into the Timeline for faster organizing. Once files have been added to the Timeline, you can click between certain images in order to create spreads with the chosen number of images, which will automatically assign imagery to spreads, leaving you to cycle through templates for organizing the photos on the page.

Once the chosen number of photos has been added to the spread, a top template selector allows you to preview numerous templates for how the images are set on the page. You can also resize the photos, crop into new sizes, move the photos on the page, add borders, and apply text to customize the final appearance.
Albums Presets and Design
Prior to laying out your photographs, you can begin each album project using a choice of pre-installed templates depending on your output. A variety of profiles are integrated into the application, from more than 90 album printing companies, allowing you to have your finished design formatted exactly to the specifications you need to print. This also allows you to focus more on the imagery and layout creativity, rather than worrying about sizing, bleeds, and other printing-specific restrictions.
Cloud Proofing
Included with SmartAlbums 2 is a 1-year subscription to Pixellu's Cloud Proofing feature; a highly efficient means for interacting with your clients during the product process of your album. Upon completing a draft of your album, you can export the project as it is to cloud-based storage for your clients to preview. Clients can flip through the design and make comments or give feedback on individual spreads or the project overall. After their review, the project comes back to you with the comments set within the application so you can easily make changes to the design and resend for final client approval.

This online process also provides you with a way to maintain your branding, set privacy controls, and preview the final album on either a computer or tablet. The subscription includes 50GB of cloud storage, or enough to store approximately 250 albums.
Other Features
  • Projects can be exported to Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, in PSD and IDML layered formats, for further, more refined editing.
  • Adobe Lightroom and Bridge ratings and color labels are carried along with your imagery during importing, allowing you to sort photos by rating prior to inserting them into a project.
  • During the course of cycling through page templates, you can 'favorite' them to have them show up more often. Additionally, you can also 'reject' templates to hide them from appearing.
  • Each of the templates is designed by hand, rather than a computer-generated algorithm, in order to ensure more aesthetically-pleasing designs.
  • Albums can quickly be resized in order to accommodate any changes to the output style and formatting.
  • Gap Control helps to maintain even spacing between images for a cleaner, more consistent appearance.
  • When images need to be cropped, Face Detection will automatically recognize and re-position subjects within the new frame in order to avoid cropping faces.
  • Helpful warnings can be displayed to alert you to potential problems during the course of designing your album, prior to sending the album to print.
  • A variety of helpful articles and tutorial videos are available on the Pixellu website, along with access to customer support for any issues.
Supported Album Companies
SmartAlbums 2 incorporates pre-designed templates for the following album companies, which are configured to the printing specifications set by each of the printers. This allows you to make the design you wish and have it automatically formatted for printing.

Accucolor Imaging, ACI Lab, AG Photography Lab, Album Crafters, Album Epoca, Antal Photo Books, Artisan State, AsukaBook, Atkins, Azura Albums, Bay Photo, Black River Imaging, Blacksmith Albums, Blanche Prints, Blurb, The Boudoir Album Company, Burrell Imaging, Cihan Album, Couture Book, Cypress Albums, Design Aglow, Digibook Albums, Dream Albums (Russia), DreambooksPro, Encadernadora Premiere, Extrema, Finao, Floricolor, Folio Albums, Forbeyon, Foto Fayer, GF Smith, Go image, Graphistudio, GTA Imaging, Hitech Albums, Jiggy Albums, Jingoo, Jorgensen, Kala Albums, Kiss Books, Konpoli, Koy Lab, Laguna Albums, Leather Craftsmen, Leuxo, Lifethreads Albums, Loktah, Loxley Colour, Macdera Books, McKenna Pro, Miller's Lab, Momento Pro (AU & NZ), Nations Photo Lab, naturalBook, Neve Albums, nPhoto, PAFE Digital Albums, Phaloo, Photo Albums Direct, Photo Mounts & Albums (Aust), Photo Productions, PhotoShop Digital, Photostorie, PictoBooks, Pikto, Priscilla Foster Handmade, ProDPI, Purplest, QtAlbums, Queensberry, RedTree Albums, Renaissance Albums, Richard Photo Lab, Seldex Albums, SIA Albums, Signature Collection Albums, Silverbook Die Alebnmanufaktur, Sim Imaging, The Wee Album Co., Venice Album, Vision Album, Vision Art, West Coast Albums, WHCC, Wild Magnolia Design, Woodland Albums, and Zookbinders.
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Pixellu PIXELLU2 Specs

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Mac System Requirements Mac OS X 10.8; OS X 10.9, 10.10, or 10.11 recommended
Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i5 recommended
4 GB RAM, 8 GB recommended
2 GB disk space, 10 GB recommended
Active Internet connection
Windows System Requirements Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit); Windows 10 (64-bit) recommended
Intel Core 2 Duo (2.4 GHz dual-core) processor; Intel Core i5 (3.2 GHz quad-core) recommended
6 GB RAM; 16 GB recommended
DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1-compatible graphics card
Supported File Formats Import: JPG, TIFF, PNG, PSD

Pixellu PIXELLU2 Reviews

SmartAlbums 2 (Download) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 50.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just use it. It'll change your life! The first time I saw this software my jaw literally dropped. It is SO incredible that I built a mac shell inside my PC to be able to use it. It shaves hours and hours off of album design, and it's very easy to use. As a professional wedding photographer, SmartAlbums is one of those things in my business that I would now be lost without. It has streamlined my process and made designing albums for large multi-day weddings an easy task. I honestly can't think of any reason NOT to purchase this software, and I can't wait for the PC version to come out.
Date published: 2015-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GAME CHANGER Over 10 years I've tried each and every album builder I came across trying to find one that actually made my life easier while ultimately producing beautiful designs. NOTHING has even come close to the joy I have since finding and using SmartAlbums. People often talk of the key to more album sales being a pre-design that you present your clients and while true, it was always too burdensome for my one-person operation until now. My sales are up, the time I spend enjoying albums is actually far, far less and much more enjoyable and the integrated proofing solution is yet another reason why this is the greatest thing since ___________.
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lifechanging Time is the most valuable asset for any business and that is essentially what you are purchasing with Smart Albums 2. Before we found this incredible album editing service, we found ourselves buried behind our computer for days painstakingly moving images around in InDesign only hoping that we didn't mess up an alignment or accidentally mislink an image. Today, we are no longer a prisoner to our own business. The free time we attained has allowed us to shoot more and expand our business, vastly increasing our profits. The meager price that we paid for SA2 has paid off in more ways than we can ever imagine and is now an integral part of our operations.
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No more excuses for not designing an album! For the last 29 years albums have been and integral part in our wedding photography and our financial success. I have pretty much used a majority of the programs that have come and gone for designing albums starting with Page Maker all the way through InDesign. SmartAlbums is by far the easiest and fastest. So easy that i have added it to my sales presentations and adjust the design in real time or actually build designs right in front of clients. So many photographers are leaving money on the table by not designing and offering albums to their clients.. SmartAlbums removes the last excuses for the lazy or the super procrastinators. Its a no brainer!
Date published: 2015-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Savvy Time Saver!!! I have been using SmartAlbums since it was first released and it just keeps getting better with each update!! It used to take me a good portion of a day to design wedding albums, and now I can design them in 30 minutes!! (Seriously!) This has been a lifesaver for my business in a place that used to slow down my entire workflow. It is intuitive, super easy to learn, and results in really beautiful, clean album designs! I can't tell you how many other photographers have reached out asking me for my photoshop templates of my albums, only to have me tell them - I don't use photoshop templates - I use SmartAlbums!
Date published: 2015-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Software - Must have! This software is a game changer. If you are designing or selling albums you NEED this! Its very user friendly. I have yet to have a problem with figuring anything out. It's so clean too. No distracting elements. You import your photos, pick the ones you want on a page, drag them into the page, and boom. It organizes them into designs which you can then use the arrow keys to browse through. When you are done you export. Done. I also love that I can export into psd pages. This means I can easily add background textures and images into the pages. All in all a incredible product that I can not recommend enough!
Date published: 2015-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So easy!!! This software is a life saver. It's so simple to use, and the designs are really nice! I would recommend this to every wedding photographer!
Date published: 2016-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes album design FAST I LOVE SmartAlbums. It's made designing albums so fast and painless. I used to use InDesign, which works great if you need to do really complicated design work, but designing albums isn't really complicated design work. Using SmartAlbums is kind of like using Lightroom vs. Photoshop. You can do ANYTHING to an image in Photoshop, but you sure as heck wouldn't want to process 500 images in a row with it. SmartAlbums is the perfect balance - it lets me do anything I need to do in the album design process and lets me design a 30-40 page album in 30-40 minutes every time. And if I DO need more design control I can export to InDesign and work on it there. This product has made me not dread album design. Buy it.
Date published: 2015-08-05
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