Picaboo Review

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Picaboo was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. According to Picaboo's site, its name owes its origins to the phrase, "peek-a-boo" and was chosen because it's a common expression that induces smiles. Definitely a clever name - I'm smiling :)

Picaboo's latest software, Picaboo X, released in April 2010 is both Mac and PC compatible. Using the new software requires a download of Adobe AIR. Software built using this platform, runs on your desktop without being connected to the Internet. To start building a book, the program requires a quick selection of the photos you wish to use. Unlike some other photo book companies, you don't have to upload full-sized versions of your photos before you can start to design your book. It took only 1 min and 17 seconds for me to access a folder of 619 photos for the Madison book I created and then I was off and running.

I've never used the older Picaboo 2.5 software before, but the new software features fully customizable layouts and thousands of backgrounds. They offer a number of book styles, all in landscape format in hardcover and softcover styles. A variety of materials are also available including velvet, leather and linen. Three Five book sizes are offered: 8x6, 11x8.5, 14x11 and a new square format in 8x8 and 12x12 with prices starting at $9.99 for a 20-page 8x6 Classic photo book. What's nice is the software makes it fairly easy to switch book styles at any point in the creation process. You can therefore retain the interior layout that you've created and just swap out the book cover and style for another. That feature may come in handy for a bride and groom who want make a nice, but affordable version of their album for family as a gift, while keeping a more expensive wedding album as an heirloom.

For those looking for a higher-end look, Picaboo also offers 6 lay-flat styles of photo books, ranging from $99.99 for a 20-page Madison to $449.00 for a 14x11, 20-page Flush Mount book - the most expensive book offered in Picaboo's product line. More recently lay flat options have been added to the Classic line, allowing users to upgrade to lay flat binding for a flat fee of $15.00 $9.80 for the first 20 pages and starting at $1.48 per page for additional pages depending on book size.

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Picaboo Reviews from the Blog

Mar 8, 2011: FREE Picaboo Photo Book Is Back in 2011!
Dec 27, 2010: Picaboo Review - Classic Custom Photo Book Layouts and Ideas
Dec 9, 2010: Picaboo Calendar Review (Updated 12/28/2010)
Oct 20, 2010: Picaboo Review - the Classic Custom Hardcover Photo Book & Make Your Own FREE BOOK!
Aug 23, 2010: How to Maximize your Savings with Picaboo Groupons and other Picaboo Deals
Aug 16, 2010: My Picaboo X Review - The Madison Lay Flat Photo Book (Updated 7/1/11)
Apr 2, 2010: Photo Book Virgin -- What I Haven't Tried Before...Tips & Ideas


Quick Specs for PicabooNew to photo books? Learn the lingo

Book TypeHardcover & Softcover
Book ShapeLandscape, Square
Types of CoversFull Photo Cover; Die Cut Linen or Leather; Silver, Black, Velvet, Leather, Linen Hardcover; Die Cut Textured Paper softcover
Min/Max Pages20 - 160; 20 - 90 (Flush Mount, Madison & lay flat Classic)
PaperVaries by style: 100 lb. gloss archival, 110 lb. semi-gloss archival, Kodak Endura paper, 110 lb. card stock w/pearl finish
BindingCase bound; Post bound; Hinged lay flat; Case bound lay flat; Perfect bound (softcover)
Lay FlatYes
Fully Customizable LayoutsYes
Themes16 main themes with subthemes
Layouts/TemplatesFull customization plus 250+ layouts
Backgrounds10000+
Image as BackgroundYes
Full Photo CoverYes
Customizable SpineYes on hard cover Custom Cover books
Full Photo Back CoverYes
Full Page BleedYes
Captions/Fonts40+ fonts, colors by hex code
EmbellishmentsNo - but has borders and shadows
Mac/PCBoth
Download or OnlineDownload
Special Photo ImportingFlickr, Facebook
Share OnlineYes
Sell OnlineNo
CollaborationNo
LogoYes - depends on style
Photo Editing in ProgramRotate, Zoom, Red eye, Brightness, Contrast, Sepia, B&W, Contrast, Saturation
Digital Scrapbooking CompatibleYes


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