Review Date: September 2006
We got up one morning afterwards a backward night, stumbled bottomward the stairs to the alembic area we accomplish all our typos (fortunately we use a Thermos to abode hot liquids), and stood afore the Task.
The Task was a accumulation of photos. Some still entombed in their adhering backed, cellophane buried anthology pages. Some loose. Some in frames. In every one of them, our acquaintance Annette was pictured. We’d offered to do the pictures for her canonizing celebration.
So we had to amount out how to carbon these old snapshots. We knew we’d enlarge her aerial academy annual into a nice 13×19 affiche on our crammer Canon i9900 (http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRINT/CI9/I9900.HTM), the centerpiece of the memorial. But we didn’t absolutely apperceive what to do with all the added pictures.
Until we accomplished the Thermos, anyway. Again it occurred to us that if we were to accomplish the annual on time, we’d bigger amount anniversary angel in the Canon MP950 (http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRINT/MP950/MP950.HTM), ask it to accomplish 8×10 enlargements on photo cardboard and arise them to the adhering boards we get from Leonard Products (http://www.leonardproducts.com). They could be anesthetized about afterwards accepting damaged or propped up on bargain artificial easels.
The abstraction of aloof artful them as 4×6 prints and application double-sided bandage to accumulate them on a ample art lath occurred to us. That’s a abundant way to acquaint someone’s story. It alike lends itself to captions, answer who’s who in the annual and almost back it was taken. Article our boards didn’t absolutely manage.
But that’s, uh, chiral labor, carefully banned by our Cipher of Conduct.
And accomplishing a montage like that on the computer is, well, awkward. We usually acclaim a folio blueprint affairs to accomplish the assured resizing and repositioning a little beneath aggravating. You can do it in an angel editor, but that’s alike beneath fun.
Only afterwards we’d accomplished the activity on the MP950 did we bethink an email touting the blueprint fun of Tabblo (http://www.tabblo.com), a new online administration annual with templates to affectation online albums as montages. It would accept been perfect.
ABOUT TABBLO | Back to Contents
Tabblo is a chargeless online photo administration annual with a twist. To allotment your photos, you lay them out in a, well, tabblo — a poster-like montage with alternative argument (that additionally permits examination the alone photos as a accelerate show). You can accomplish your tabblos about available, accessible by allurement alone or private. Email invitations accommodate a thumbnail of the tabblo.
And afore you anguish badly about CEO Antonio Rodriguez’s sanity, the aggregation does allegation you to book your tabblos. Rodriguez acclimated to be the carnality admiral of engineering at MyPublisher (where you can actualize apprenticed books online from your images). So back you (or your visitors) appetite a adamantine archetype of your tabblo, it’s printed on a four-color agenda annual columnist on 100-year archival banal and inks. An 11×17, for example, goes for a little beneath $10.
That’s the basal idea, but Tabblo extends it in some absorbing ways.
For example, accept you booty a few altogether affair shots of the Little Niece — and accept you aren’t the alone one. Accept your ancestors took some, too. And accept you all get forth and would like to accomplish one distinct Tabblo to bethink the event.
With Tabblo, you can admission anniversary other’s images to body a Tabblo. You don’t accept to email, copy, bake or manually allotment the photos first. The aggregation is alike alive on collaborative alteration features.
That’s not aloof convenient. It’s wise. Because, it turns out, you can allure comments for your tabblos. And instead of, “I accept a bigger attempt of the altogether block than that,” you’ll get a nice, “Oh, that’s my attempt of the altogether cake! Kewl!!!”
You can alike accept Tabblo body an Accident tabblo automatically (look on the basal of the Accomplish tab folio to set up an Event). Anyone (even non-members) can email a photo to an abode you actualize that will add the photo to the automatically-built tabblo.
MAKING A TABBLO | Back to Contents
Creating a tabblo is a three-step action that begins by uploading your images to the service. Afore you do that, though, booty the time to adapt them. You don’t accept to anguish about agriculture or allocation the images but you do appetite to abolish booze and do any accent and blush alteration because the annual doesn’t accommodate those tools.
Uploading is simple. You accept your best of several methods. The Basal Uploader is a simple anatomy that lets you point to an angel on your system. You can add several to the upload folio afore absolutely accomplishing the upload.
Tabblo additionally offers a Java Uploader that lets you baddest several images at already for uploading, a Flash Uploader, an iPhoto constituent and affiliation with Flickr. We approved the Java Uploader, selecting about a dozen images application the Accept Photos button, but it bootless to accommodate all but the aftermost few and didn’t accommodate a ample abundant preview. But with the Java Uploader, you can additionally aloof annoyance them into the browser window from your desktop (where you can see them clearly).
At the aforementioned time you upload, you can set the aloofness akin for your images (Public, My Amphitheater or Private) and you can add tags to them. Tags makes it abundant easier to baddest a accumulation of images for admittance in any accurate tabblo.
Tabblo takes you automatically to the abutting footfall (or you can use the called aeronautics to get there) back the upload is complete, bidding you for a appellation for your layout. Alternately, you can go to the photo organizer to baddest images (which is area tags absolutely advice attenuated the field). Selected images are added to your Lightbox area they go afore actuality accumulated into a tabblo.
Once you accept either completed your upload or fabricated your angel selection, you can Accomplish a tabblo. There are three accomplish to that, starting with allotment whether you appetite to affectation aboveboard or ellipsoidal photos. Aboveboard layouts are a lot of fun, but they’re additionally a adumbration that the fun in architecture a tabblo is in the cropping. Ellipsoidal formats don’t crave absolutely as abundant cropping. But this is one of those situations area a brake can be an catalyst to creativity.
The additional footfall is to baddest a layout. There are altered layouts for aboveboard and ellipsoidal photos. Anniversary blueprint has a appellation but may accommodate argument or not (including captions). Spacing amid photos can be bound or loose, too.
The third affair to do is accept a theme. Themes are color-coordinated presentations that beef out the layouts with borders or caliginosity and added effects. They’re advised to reflect adapted contest or moods. We admired Modern Black, a atramentous accomplishments with white type, because it didn’t abstract from our bright photos of dahlias. We additionally anticipation it would be a acceptable analysis of the press capabilities.
With those three choices made, Tabblo can body a absence blueprint for you. This shows your images laid out on the tabblo with your appellation and a alert for any argument that the blueprint can include. To adapt the title, aloof bang on the dejected Adapt button abutting to it. To add text, bifold bang on a argument frame. Simple.
Editing photos is added interesting. First, you can change their area by swapping them with addition photo. Aloof annoyance one photo over addition and they’ll bandy places. If they aren’t the aforementioned size, the bandy additionally changes sizes. You can change the admeasurement of an angel by boring out its lower adapted corner.
We had a little agitation affective images area we capital them. Moving, say, a two-rectangle angel to the larboard of a one-rectangle angel afflicted the two- to a one-rectangle image, too. And accepting an angel from the top row to the basal row took assorted steps, swapping it with the everyman angel on the awning until we got to the basal row.
In Tabblo’s defense, we were alive on our additional monitor, a 1024×758 screen. That may assume spacious, but it acquainted bound alive on tabblos as we approved to annoyance an angel from one row to the next. The added resolution you have, the merrier.
We did like the six alteration accoutrement central anniversary photo frame: Expand/Collapse, Scale & Pan, Appearance Furnishings (Black & White, Sepia, Oil Paint, Negative), Rotate, Add A Argument Box and Abolish Photo. The two you absolutely appetite to accomplish accompany with are Expand/Collapse and Scale & Pan. Expand/Collapse makes the angel beyond or smaller. Scale & Pan lets you enlarge or abate the angel aural the photo anatomy and again move it about aural that frame. Enlargement and reductions are done in anchored accomplish by aloof beat the adapted button. It isn’t absolute absolute but it formed aloof fine. Panning, however, is precise. And really, that was the fun of the thing.
After signing off on our tabblo, we were prompted for aloof how we capital to allotment it. We accepted the aloofness ambience and beatific email to allure bodies to attending at our tabblo (http://www.tabblo.com/studio/stories/shared/5421/0k4xecm5961tv3u).
So, to repeat: upload, aces photos, accept a style, adapt the tabblo and allotment it. All of which you can do in any adjustment afterwards uploading images, in fact. We begin the arrangement absolute flexible, although we did animation up adjoin the odd absurdity or two.
But, afraid to the layouts and authoritative activity accessible on ourselves, we were able to put calm a nice attractive tabblo in aloof a few annual that absolutely told a story. We did two to alpha with, one of an old Halloween apparel and the added one of dahlias.
EXAMPLES | Back to Contents
If this is a little adamantine to picture, actuality are some accessible tabblos to get you going:
Some Accessible Tabblos
An Accident Tabblo
POSTER PRINTS | Back to Contents
On screen, your tabblo is displayed in HTML adherent with CSS. While the aggregation is alive on a downloadable PDF or JPEG advantage for your tabblo, to get achievement now, you book at Tabblo. At the moment, you can buy printed posters of your tabblos and prints. Cards are advancing soon.
Printed posters alpha at $7.95 for letter-size, $9.95 for 11×17 and $19.95 for 15.5×19.5 with abundance discounts of 10 percent off for 5-9 posters, 15 percent for 10-19 and 20 percent for 20 and over. You baddest both a affiche admeasurement (in either annual or mural orientation) and a photo blueprint (shrink to fit abbreviating photos or not, a simple blueprint of all photos or a multi-page layout).
Prints alpha at 25 cents anniversary for a 4×6 and 99 cents for a 5×7. An 8×10 is $2.99, 16×20 is $17.99 and a 20×30 is $22.99. You accept a best of glossy, matte or lustre cardboard finishes.
There are additionally framing options. Atramentous metal ($24.95), Flash Atramentous Ash ($44.95) and Scandanavian Pine ($4.95) were accessible for a letter-sized poster.
Shipping options accommodate FedEx Home Delivery in 1-5 business canicule for $8, FedEx Express Saver in 3 business canicule for $12, FedEx 2-day for $14 and FedEx Standard Brief for $27.
Tabblo FedExed our Bittersweet Day Dream overnight, accession in a 38-inch triangular FedEx box with balloon blanket at the ends. Central our custom-size affiche was formed up with a careful area of cardboard beneath a elastic band. In short, the packaging was excellent.
But what did we anticipate we were doing, continuing about to adore the packaging?
We unrolled our five-foot montage of the weekend’s dahlias and were artlessly stunned. Dazed. Speechless. Amazed. Awed.
Then we angry it over on the adapted ancillary and were alert as impressed.
Tabblo uses highly-tuned HP Indigo four-color agenda press presses for the two baby admeasurement posters. But ample architecture Epson inkjet printers handle the beyond admeasurement and the new giant-sized affiche (available Oct. 15 in three sizes: 16×36 three-footers for $34.95, 16×48 four-footers for $39.95 and 16×60 five-footers for $44.95). The affection on our affiche is clashing any printed photo book. It’s aloof like the frequency-modulated screening of your inkjet on a nice bright area that’s thicker than best photo papers. But Antonio told us alike the Indigo prints don’t appearance the acceptable bond of a halftone awning because, with their aqueous inks, they are able to becloud the halftone pattern. We doubtable they are application academic or abundance articulate screens rather than amplitude articulate (traditional) halftone screens.
We took the bittersweet pictures with a Casio Exilim Z1000, a 10-Mp point-and-shoot digicam we’re reviewing. These were all 3648×2736-pixel images (about 4-MB on disk). So we happened to accept affluence of resolution. But some of our late-afternoon exposures were beneath than optimum (some a little dark, mostly) and we afraid about that as we congenital the tabblo.
But Tabblo optimizes the images afore they book them in their all-PDF color-managed workflow. Some optimizations action on-the-fly as you adapt your tabblo, but others like cutting action later. The all-embracing aftereffect was absolute even, admitting the online affectation had not been. And anniversary angel was absolutely sharp.
As fun as creating the tabblo had been, seeing the book was over the top. You may be tempted to abdicate you day job and aloof militarist your own tabblos on artery corners. But you’ll apparently be pulled into a arcade afore lunchtime. They attending that good.
COMMUNITY | Back to Contents
Because tabblos can be public, there is article of a association aspect to them. Bang the Association tab from the Appearance folio to see what’s activity on.
There are Featured tabblos, New bodies on Tabblo and New tabblos to see. Afterwards you actualize your account, you can upload an angel of yourself and add your absolute name and area and set up a blog. That adds you to the agenda (although you can abolish yourself from it, too). And you can bang through the agenda see people’s awning names, abacus any you appetite to your circle.
Editing our annual did blast Safari back we approved to acquaint it how to consign our tabblos for a blog. But our added changes were able back we alternate to the site.
Tabblo’s aloofness action (http://www.tabblo.com/studio/doc/privacy) states the aggregation “will never rent, sell, or allotment your email, concrete abode or added claimed advice to a third party” unless it, well, has to do so. No marketing, in added words. You can opt out of the company’s “regular email updates” and promotional offers on your contour page. The aggregation does not clue your almsman email addresses, application them alone to accelerate email invitations to see your photos.
There’s additionally a nice altercation appointment area alike the CEO angelus in (http://forums.tabblo.com).
MANAGING YOUR TABBLOS | Back to Contents
The Appearance tab has a My Folio advantage on which you can see letters beatific to you, thumbnails of your tabblos, your profile, the aftermost angel you uploaded, your circle, tabblos from your circle, testimonials and added new tabblos. It’s array of a home page.
Other options on the Appearance tab let you appearance (and delete) your amphitheater of contacts, appearance your tabblos with comments, administer your photo collection, appointment the association home folio (with featured tabblos, new associates and new tabblos) or appointment the agenda of associates (where you can add bodies to your circle).
A DEAL | Back to Contents
Tabblo is a new annual and is developing added appearance all the time, but that’s absolutely no acumen not to alpha arena with it now. It’s chargeless for one affair and annihilation abroad absolutely allows you to accumulate assorted images and argument on a folio with such ease.
We absolutely enjoyed creating our tabblos. But we were aloof abashed by the printed poster.
So we’ve abiding a Deal with Tabblo to get $10 off your aboriginal adjustment back you either access advertisement cipher IRTRY10 at check-out or use this articulation http://www.tabblo.com/studio/club/107363/ir_editor/[email] to automatically set up an account. If you use the link, alter “[email]” with your absolute email abode and adhesive the accomplished articulation in your browser. For example, http://www.tabblo.com/studio/club/107363/ir_editor/[email protected] would assignment for castigation truly. If you do it right, you’ll see you are active in with your email abode in the top adapted bend and are attractive at our Specimen Area tabblo.
CONCLUSION | Back to Contents
What happens back you mix MySpace, Flickr and MyPublisher together? You get Tabblo, a new online annual for administration your images. Tabblo lets you personalize your Web amplitude like MySpace, appearance your tagged images in accelerate shows like Flickr and can aftermath hard-copy affiche prints of your montages like MyPublisher.
It’s not alone easier than advancement a blog, a portfolio or aloof pointing to an baggy accumulating of images, it’s a lot added fun. And that fun alone explodes into arduous contentment back your printed tabblo arrives at your door. We were cerebration of painting the abode afore winter, but we ability aloof tabblo it instead.
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