Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Kodak Create@Home software: review

You might recall a couple of weeks ago my post about my invitation to visit to the Czimmerl Photo Studio in Lincoln to try out the Kodak Kiosk App (whereby you can print wirelessly from your mobile phone and create all manner of things from posters to postcards). I was impressed both with the quality and speed; I was less impressed with my ability to select and edit the best pictures and use the software to print them to best effect.

Which is where the home software comes in. The Create@Home software can be downloaded online and used to create the photobooks and calendars that often take a little more time and require a little more thought than is often available in store. It's then a matter of simply saving the project to a USB drive or CD and taking it to the nearest shop for printing.

The results are every bit as impressive (of course) from the point of view of print quality but better for having the added element of planning. And the software (so far only available for PC) is simplicity itself to use (system requirements: 600 MHz PENTIUM III processor or faster WINDOWS XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) or VISTA Operating System plus at least 512 MB RAM and 100 MB of available hard disk space). It allows uploads of all the usual file formats (JPEG, TIF, BMP, GIF, PNG, ADOBE PHOTOSHOP PSD & EPS) and if you've ever used anything like Vistaprint or Lulu to upload image files and create a print-ready file you'll find it easy to use.

All I need now is another trip to Lincoln to so some more printing!

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