- 10 years ago
Hello, ladies, I know I’ve been promising a review of my Candid2000 flushmount album forever, and here it is! (I just got it a few minutes ago)
It looks fabulous. Seriously, it’s exactly what I wanted. It’s a flushmount album, 40 sides, 11×14", bound in black faux leather (the only "issue" some people might have with quality… no real leather option, it’s all faux leather in different colors), and blind-embossed with our names and the date. The page corners are rounded, the gutter seam is, apparently 2mm wide (if that), and it comes wrapped in a fabric pouch, inside a presentation box. And the cost… $400. $407.50, including taxes.
The color and print quality is great– I made a big point of buying a few test prints ahead of time, and I wasn’t disappointed. All the colors show up true to what was on my screen, and the trimmed edges are exactly where they said they’d be (all pages are trimmed 1/8" on each outside edge).
I put in my order for the album on Dec. 5 and it was shipped on the 10th via UPS. (the issues I had with UPS are another, much longer and more annoying, story, but suffice it to say that it wasn’t the printer’s fault I didn’t get my album until this afternoon)
The site is for photographers and for the general public– the only difference for albums and composite prints is that while photographers who have real accounts can design their own layouts on the ordering software, regular people are stuck with the provided layouts. I didn’t like many of them, so I used inDesign to create my own pages, and then uploaded them as full-page images to the order site.
You do have to download their "Express2K" software, and from there you create your album/print order, and upload it to their site. It’s a lot like the Blurb software, though the ordering options can be a bit confusing.
Customer service is really fantastic. They have live online chatting available during business hours, and the people are very accommodating. I submitted my first album order before realizing that I’d submitted the wrong images, and they cancelled it for me, no problem. The only annoying thing is that you don’t get provided a tracking number for your package when they ship it– you can contact customer service and ask for it, but it’s not automatic. And if you want to get info about your order outside of business hours, you can’t just access it online, you have to wait to reach someone live.
Anyway, I’ll take pictures of the album as soon as I can, and see if the Bees will let me make a guest post about it! So excited and thrilled, it’s PERFECT!!!!