This is a first for me, I have been asked to write a product review for a Photo Book from Saal Digital,
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I chose to order a 28×19 landscape book with 26 pages and a glossy, padded cover.
Downloading the software ( from http://www.saal-digital.co.uk/ ) was an easy process, I did run into a problem installing it when my MacBook told me I didn’t have an updated version of Adobe AIR but a quick google search sorted that out (not sure if this would only affect me but I thought it best to include it just in case).
Once you have the software up and running the process is very easy, just import the pics you want in your book and you choose exactly how it’s going to look and how many pages you have in it. The costing of the book updates in real time so you know exactly how much you are paying before you start.
There are a huge amount of options for the layout of the book but not too much that you would be overwhelmed by them and get put off. There are a number of layout options for each page ( I chose the plain layout so i could place the pictures anywhere I wanted). You can have pics and text or just pics, its up to you. You can also resize and edit each pic once its on the page and the indicator will tell you straight away if the quality is good enough for that size. You can also change the colour and design of the background to further enhance your pics ( I opted to try out different designs and colours for each page and it didn’t cost any extra). I placed a panoramic pic on the centre pages and I think it looks great even though I didn’t go for a ‘lay flat’option.
All the pages are laid out and numbered at the bottom of the page so its easy to keep up with what you are producing and you can add or subtract pages depending on your preferred design. There is even a quick option of automatically filling the book with your uploaded pics and then you can just buy it or do some edits to get it the way you want it.
Once you’re done it’s through to the purchase page which offers different payment methods, including PayPal, and different postage methods ( I chose standard delivery and it was with me within the week).
The book was well packaged and arrived in perfect condition, I checked for any discrepancies and couldn’t find any, I have also been slightly over-bending it and its still not damaged so I guess its going to keep its shape quite well.
So in terms of value for money I would highly recommend this photo book as ideal for keepsakes or even showcasing an amateur portfolio, it’s simple and straightforward design software is safe to download and I’m certain you won’t be disappointed with the end result.