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    Posted: 18 August 2018 at 10:21
As many may already be aware, Apple is discontinuing itís print products as of 30 September this year.
For me this is a real pity, as Iíve regularly created and ordered photo books and calendars from Apple over the past 15 years or so, and they are first rate products with respect to print, paper, binding and overall presentation as well as efficient trackable delivery, and represent excellent value for money.
Now the option is to download another print service App into your Photos software and print to that.
Or use some other third party print service.
Iím in the process of checking out alternatives and will report back.
So far Iíve printed a photo book using Momento, a Sydney based print service which is high quality but much more expensive than Apple, and for me much clunkier to use, and currently trying Mimeo in the USA, with a much more familiar user interface for an Apple user, but glacially slow to upload, with a few freezes and crashes that have been very annoying.
Other local photo book services tend to be inferior quality to what Apple delivered.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 August 2018 at 13:14
Tbh, so what? A lot of people saw their favorite printer stop doing business. Your in luck most likely. I expect Apple to have a printer who did their work and you just have to find that printer. It most likely is discussed on some Aussie forum.

Getting your prints from overseas sounds a bit overdone, I am sure there are good, reliable and affordable options near you.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 August 2018 at 17:33
Joe, have you ever considered to use Blurb?

They originate in the U.S., but they may have a branch in Australia (they have one in Germany/Europe). Software is ok - you may use your own PDFs - e.g. if you can produce them with Indesign or similar software. And you may use this as a venue to publish your books (and even earn money with them)!
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Hi Joe,

Another for Blurb - I've used them for both the books I've produced so far and one o the big bonuses with them is the ability to create one's own templates and page designs and save them as 'your' format. Not sure how costs compare but the quality has always been first class.

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Harald, Neil,
Thanks for the recommendation to try Blurb. They do have an Australian operation, Iíve had a quick look at what they offer and it looks good. Iíll certainly explore it in detail. Your feedback is very reassuring.
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I started using Apple books 10 years ago, but quickly migrated to Photobox. I've found their books to be comparable quality to apple (albeit my experience of many years ago!). I don't find their online software the best, but it does the job and they regularly have offers that make a 100 page book come in around 30gbp. Not sure if Photobox have extended as far as Oz yet though
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Hi Simon,

I've used Photobox for my A4 prints for many years now and can attest to their quality (and speed!); I've never tried their book service due to the more limited software options they have but the pricing is quite keen for that size book so perhaps I ought to go back and have another look!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 August 2018 at 11:18
An advantage of Blurb, if you are a Lightroom user, is that the Book module links directly to the service. Of course you may prefer to use their native interface which I think has more options and flexibility.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 August 2018 at 11:55
Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

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I've used Photobox for my A4 prints for many years now ...



Hi Neil - just a recommendation as A4 prints are concerned: Here is a service, CEWE, that provides excellent prints on fine art matte paper (probably Hahnemuehle) for a decent price. I use them in Germany on a regular basis - they have now an operation in the UK.

Unfortunately there is no Australian branch - their photobook offerings are excellent as well.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 August 2018 at 11:57
Thanks Simon and Howard, and Neil and Harald once again.
Photobox is also established here in Oz and looks promising.
Your personal recommendations give me a benchmark - what I'm after is something equal to or better than the quality, value and amenity of Apple photo books that I've created and enjoyed for many years.
I guess I'll trial a few for comparison and settle on the one that works best for me.
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One more thing to add about photobox is that their customer service is very good. Any problem you have or see, they will send out a reprint, no questions asked. I know this though because I have bought a lot from them and I'd say 1 in 5 to 1 in 10 orders or so has needed a reprint. I do buy a lot from them. About 20 calendars every December and 3 copies of the same book every April (or whenever I get round to the annual family photobook!). When you get multiples you tend to notice marginal differences though.

I do wish they'd update their online tool though. It's automation is fantastic if you just ask it to build itself, but if you have a specific way you want each page to look it does take a while. Nonetheless, the price is very good.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 October 2018 at 13:33
Further to my post dated 18th August, I've been persevering with Mimeo, and emailing screen grabs, diagnostics data, sample images, and even a Skype chat, and their IT team have responded with several firmware updates and have finally sorted out the problems I (and presumably others) had been having with uploading a photo book for printing.
Mimeo's user interface is very familiar to any former Apple photo book user, and in some respects more flexible and giving greater creative options.
Last Friday I took delivery of my first Mimeo photo book via Fedex, and it was delivered in the exact same packaging as Apple had used, and was identical in every other way with respect to paper quality, print quality, image quality and binding. It was also comparably priced.
I can now recommend Mimeo to anyone wanting to make books, calendars or other print products as a natural and seamless successor to those that Apple had previously offered.
Mimeo even gives the option to reprint books that were originally created using Apple, by using a simple conversion with the click of a button.

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Good to see it worked out well for you
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