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Review of DotPhoto's EuroBook Custom Photo Books

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The Bottom Line

EuroBook from DotPhoto offers more features and capabilities than most other products on the market. The options in binding and book size combine with the nearly boundless flexibility of design and a easy to use book creator software to allow the home photographer to create excellent photo books. The quality of the materials used in the books is excellent and would match or exceed what you find in a bookstore. The books are a bit more expensive than some other brands but the quality is certainly there to justify the cost. In a crowded field of photobooks, EuroBook from DotPhoto easily outshines the competition.

Pros

  • Extremely Flexible Design
  • High Quality Printing & Materials
  • Variety of Sizes and Covers
  • Custom Photo Covers No Extra Charge (Hardback binding)
  • Easy to Use Software

Cons

  • More Expensive Than Other Photobooks
  • Windows Software (Mac version scheduled for August)

Description

  • Print Quality = 4.5 out of 5
  • Product Quality (binding/paper/etc) = 5 out of 5
  • Turn Around Time = 3.5 out of 5
  • Design Flexibility = 4.5 out of 5
  • Price = 3.5 out of 5
  • Software = 4.5 out of 5

Guide Review - Review of DotPhoto's EuroBook Custom Photo Books

With so many photobooks on the market, it takes a lot to get my attention. Most vendors offer a stack of templates and tools to force your book into their predefined parameters. Not EuroBook from DotPhoto. These photobooks provide an extremely easy to use software package that lets you be the creative force behind your photobook. There are templates available for those who need a little design help as well. One very nice features of these photobooks is the ability to set your image as a background image on one page or a two-page spread. The software also has a print quality indicator to warn you if you try to print a photo too large for its resolution. Text can also be added anywhere on a page and in many fonts as well.

EuroBook from DotPhoto offers books in 12"x12", 8"x11", and 8"x8". These books come with the option of hardcover, linen cover, soft cover, or booklet form. The 12"x12" also offers a faux leather option. A 5"x5" booklet is also available. Prices for all books and booklets include up to 26 pages with additional pages being $8 per 8 page sets. Hardcover books include custom photo cover at no additional charge. Prices range from $9.95 for a 5"x5" booklet to $68.95 for a 12"x12" book.

There are several features of the book creation software that makes a photographer's job much easier. These are: image quality icons, checked and highlighted files indicating which of your images are already used in the book, drag and drop interface, outstanding quality previews, and ability to mass import images. Also, images do not have to be uploaded to DotPhoto before placing them in a photobook. The photobook is designed using files on your computer and then uploaded as one package to the ordering system.

Turn around time of 9 to 18 days is a bit longer than some other photobook producers but the quality is worth the wait.

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