Problem with Kodak Photo Book creating software

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by Ed Chilada, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. Ed Chilada

    Ed Chilada Guest

    I'm trying to use the Kodak software to create a photo book, as
    downloaded from here:

    <http://www.kodakgallery.co.uk/PhotoBookOverview.jsp>

    But the "Change Layout" button is always greyed out and doesn't let me
    change the layout for each page. It's forcing me to have the same
    layout for every page, whereas the blurb clearly says (and shows),
    that you can have different layouts for different pages!

    Anyone used/tried this and got it to work properly?

    Cheers
     
    Ed Chilada, Feb 20, 2006
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    Ron Baird Guest

    Hi Ed,

    Sorry to hear you are having a bit of trouble creating a book. Actually,
    they are quite nice and you will enjoy it.

    First, make sure you have logged onto the site and are correctly
    connected. If your session times out, it may seem like you are online
    but may not be (phone connection). Next be sure you have selected an
    album of images that you want to use for the book. In other words, go to
    that album on the Gallery site then choose the book feature or other
    feature. Click on the 'Next' option to move on to the next feature. If
    you have not started out in a particular album or are not logged on you
    can run into trouble. I did when I tried to make a calendar for my
    girlfriend.

    Talk to you soon,

    Ron Baird
    Eastman Kodak Company
     
    Ron Baird, Feb 20, 2006
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  3. Ed Chilada

    Ed Chilada Guest

    Cheers for the help, but I'm not sure as we're talking about the same
    software/site. The one I'm trying to use is downloaded and installed
    on my PC. It seems that you prepare the entire book offline (using
    references to local photos on my HDD), save it as a project locally
    and then when the time comes to order it, upload the whole project
    with the photos in one go. The program works 99%, except for that one
    option which is always greyed out and pressing the shortcut key
    (ctrl-L) doesn't work either. I downloaded the software from the
    bottom of the page here:

    <http://www.kodakgallery.co.uk/PhotoBookOverview.jsp>
     
    Ed Chilada, Feb 20, 2006
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  4. Ed Chilada

    Ed Chilada Guest

    I've tried a few of the sites that allow you to do it online -
    Jessops/Pixology, PhotoBox but whilst online is fine for prints and
    single photo gifts, it's a major pain when designing and laying out a
    photo book. Hence I was attracted by the Kodak offline program. Whilst
    it offers similar features, just the speed of use of having it offline
    makes it far better.... except of course it doesn't work properly!

    Brilliant, I'll try there now. Cheers.
     
    Ed Chilada, Feb 24, 2006
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    Ed Chilada Guest

    Er.. I've not actually got onto Kodak. I'll tell you why. I noticed
    that they've simply rebranded software developed by
    www.albumprinter.com, except cut it down so that it doesn't do
    anything like as many album options. Not only that, but the single
    album that Kodak do costs £35 (or £40 for leather cover), versus €30
    (that's euros), at AlbumPrinter - although Kodak do cut a nice hole in
    the cover to show the middle of the first page. Anyhow, I figure Kodak
    won't be able to give technical support for a product they didn't
    develop. In any case, I kinda figured it out. It only seems to stop
    you changing page layouts if you select drop shadow as the page
    background. This kinda makes sense since the page background would
    have to be different for each layout whereas on the others it'd be the
    same. However, the program *does* give the impression that drop
    shadows can be applied to any page layout (it shows the mock-up in the
    wizard like that), so it's not entirely fair.

    So I'm probably just going to use the AlbumPrinter one... which
    doesn't have drop shadow as a background option at all, but I can live
    with that!


    Thanks
     
    Ed Chilada, Feb 24, 2006
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