Snappybook review

Some time ago I ordered an album for my latest trip at Snappybook. I had a few issues with classic Hofmann’s software installation and decided to look for more options. I discovered that Snappybook was highly recommended in many, many forums and went for it.

I should point out that the attention received was great. I had mistakenly repeated two spreads and they gave me a call to check on that before printing. Kudos to them!

The software

This was the weakest link in my opinion. It runs natively in MacOs X but it is too simple for my liking. I ended up setting out the layout and creating the spreads on InDesign and then importing into the snappybook software full spread images, instead of all the pictures. No problem from then on. If you work at the correct size and resolution there should be no issues with this method and allows you to play more freely with typography and guides…

The Photos

So this is it. I ordered a 21×28 hard cover Photo album. I would also like to try sometime a Basic offset album for the sake of comparison.

Both copies came together in a protective cardboard box envelope.

Snappybook’s logo is optional, but it will cost you around 20€ to remove it. I think it’s pretty sutble for an album like this, but I would of course opt it out for a more professional target.

The quality of photographic print and paper is great. It has a subtle roughness to it and is totally free of fingerprints.

I was worried the paper would be too thick. As it is a travel photoalbum I didn’t want the sheets to look too fancy, as for a wedding album. Also,black and white photos don’t look bad either.

I usually pack a lot of images and text for travel memories. Anything of which there is no printed picture of, I tend to forget. Chemical photographic printing though is not the best option for typography. In spite of that it can be perfectly read at sizes as small as 8pt and 7pt. Another point I was worried about. So yay!

Finally, the lay flat binding was better than I expected!

I hope the pictures can help others figure out if they want a Snappy or not, as other posts and forums helped me make my decision.

Author: Bea Cabrera

Freelance Filmmaker with a passion for big cities, snowboard, cinema and a weakness for the smell of freshly ground coffee. Engineer & Graphic Designer in a previous life, loving and living both: art and technology.  

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