‘Netbooks’ for CamLynx

The miniature laptop or notebook computer called by most of the industry as ‘netbooks‘ has quickly become the number one computer of choice for new computer purchases.  This is largely due to the inexpensive price (avg $350 for a netbook vs $600 for a notebook) and because in many cases a netbook is people’s 2nd or 3rd computers and they don’t need everything a full size laptop offers.

Because netbooks are small and inexpensive, they are ideal computer to run CamLynx on.  Unfortunately, most netbooks have a maximum screen resolution of 1024×600, whereas CamLynx requires 1024×768.  When CamLynx runs on a 1024×600 monitor, the bottom portion of the screen gets cut off, making it difficult to use for searching for students.

The key to using CamLynx on a netbook is finding one capable of displaying at least a 1024×768.

Here are a couple netbooks that support 1024×768:

HP 2133 Mini-Note
Tiger Direct has a great deal on this one for $299.99

Dell Inspiron Mini 10.    (Not the Mini 10v) You must choose the HD Widescreen (1366×768) screen upgrade for an additional $35.00.

CamLynx is more of a database, than a image rendering software.  So the Atom processor isn’t really a problem here.  CamLynx essentially just moves images from folder to folder and writes data into a database.  You may see a performance hit if you are rendering for proofs or ID cards and printing them on the spot.  But even then, it will be negligible.

I must write a disclaimer:  I haven’t personally CamLynx on any of the two computers I recommend here.  The computers exceed our minimal specs to run CamLynx.   I have worked with happy CamLynx users who have netbooks (but not neccesarily the ones I recommend here).  Always test hardware for PhotoLynx software compatibilty before purchasing in bulk.


ProofMyClass.com Final Layout Approval Screen

As mention yesterday, you may upload a completed image, such as a composite or yearbook page for final approval of the complete layout.  Here is a screen shot of the Final Approval screen.  Drop us an email and we will set you up with a test account so you can see how it works.  Or, give us a call at 760-782-9000 and we can walk you through through how it works.

Click the Image Below for a Larger View.

Final Layout Print Screen

ProofMyClass.com adds Group Feature

We just rolled out ProofMyClass.com a few weeks ago.  One request several people asked for was a way to handle groups.  WE LISTENED!

Group Picture

Introducing the ability to upload groups and have the names proofed.  You may also upload completed items such as composites & yearbook pages for proofing.

“Group layout” and “Final layout” have been added as new job types (“Individual Photos” was previously the only job type)

Group Layout:

  • each picture is it’s own batch (1 picture per batch)
  • each picture has a collection of row data used to describe the individuals in the picture
  • each row can be named by the user, and the row data is filled in by the user
    • row name might be: “row 1” or “top row” or “back row” or “on the swings”, whatever the user wants.
  • there can be a maximum of 13 rows used (limited by the UI, not the database schema
  • when the row data is filled in, the user needs to mark the batch as approved

Final Layout

  • each picture is it’s own batch (1 picture per batch)
  • each picture has a feedback field, where the user can give any feed back that he/she desires
  • when the user is done giving feed back, or if there is no feedback to give, the user clicks the approved button

Individual Photos (Nothings Changed Here)

  • individual pictures are grouped into batches (grade, team, homeroom, teacher, etc…)
  • a batch can, and usually will, contain multiple photos
  • each photo has its own set of data and can be corrected by the user (name, grade, teacher, etc…)
  • when the user is done proofing a batch, he/she marks the bath as approved

Call or email us for more information  760-782-9000.

Snapizzi makes online candids Easy

Enter IZtag here…

This is a really neat idea… Go to their website, www.snapizzi.com and sign up for a free account.  Using snapizzi create camera cards with a cool barcode built onto it.

Photograph an event such as a car show, or sports event, etc.  Before each photograph, take a picture of the camera card with the barcode on it.  Hand the card to your new found client.  On the card, it has instructions to the client on how log onto the snapizzi and view their images.

You can set up your images to snapizzi.com.  It will use the barcode image that was photographed prior to the image(s) take of your client to create a unique gallery for the client.  The client can purchase the image as a download or order prints through their print service.  You set all of the pricing.


Smart Parking Garage

This post is totally out of the blue. It has nothing to do with PhotoLynx or photography.  I just thought this was really cool. 

They just expanded the mall near where I live.  Because they took up part of the parking lot for the expansion, they built two parking garages.  The parking garage is a ‘smart’ garage.  There are signs at the entrances of the garages and out on the main throughway indicating how many parking spots are available and which floor they can be found.

I have no idea how they can sense when someone is occupying a parking space.

Automatically Burn Student Images to CD in Bulk

I just made an update to the instructions on how to use the Bravo II Robotic CD burner to create CDs automatically for inclusion with your packages.

The Bravo burner by Primera can automatically label, burn  image(s), and burn the model release on CDs in volume.  It can be burned based on the orders entered into ImageMatch.

Currently, the Primera burner is the only robotic cd creator supported by PhotoLynx.

Fun with Mosaics!

Mosaic of Sandy & I

Mosaic of Sandy & I

The mosaic here was made on my Mac with free Mosaic software called MacOSiaX.  The larger image is comprised of smaller images taken of our immediate family of 7.

You start with a large image.  MacOSiaX will ise any number of local folders of images and can even search online for images to fill your Mosaic.  The more images you have, the better job it will do.  There are around 10,000 images within the larger image.  You can choose to use more or less smaller images.  The more you use, the smaller the images.  The problem with smaller images is that it’s hard to make them out, however, the larger image looks much nice.  Somewhere in there is a happy medium.  10,000 images took about an hour on my Mac to make up this one image.

Here’s a great site comparing many of the different Mosaic softwares for Windows.  I have used Maziaca listed here and really like it.

Windows 7 Release

Windows 7 will be available for sale starting Oct 22, 2009.  It will also be included on new computers on that same date.  A coupon offer will be made for an inexpensive ($9-$15) upgrade from Vista by some computer manufacturers for new computers purchased after June 26, 2009.

Also on June 26, 2009 existing Vista owners will be able to pre-purchase Windows 7 for $49.00.   Best Buy will be one of various stores making this offer available.

While I’m on Microsoft news, be on the look out for a free anti-virus by Microsoft available around the end of the month.  This will compete with products sold by Symatec Corp and McAfee Inc.

Class Composites Help Get Class Ring Back to Owner After 58 Years

Here is a very cool story about how a class ring was returned to its owner after 58 years because initials on the ring match that of a student found in a class composite hanging up at the school district.

Click here to see the story.

Digital Camera View Finder Mask

While digging through my server for family images, I ran across some camera masks I designed a few years back.  I used to print these out on acetate, the material used for over head projectors, on my laser jet or ink jet printer.  I then would cut them out, and very carefully, using some clear tape, tweezers, and a pencil eraser adhere them to the bottom of the ground glass in our 35mm DSLR’s.  It took a lot of trial and error, in both creating the correct head size in the mask, and then placing the mask inside of the camera.

Some of today’s camera’s have external LCD’s that permit live viewing, without using the view finder.  That makes it very simple for placing the mask over the back of the camera.

Here is a download of those masks in the form of a PhotoShop psd file.  I can’t help you size them, but please feel free to use them as a starting point.  It’ll save you a few steps in trial and error.  It worked for me and after a few, it wasn’t too hard to do.  Please be careful when placing these on your ground glass.  Please use at your own risk, I will not be held responsible for any damage to your camera for this idea.

If you are weak at heart and need a camera mask, send your camera to croplines.  They will etch your ground glass for you.


Image Mask Using CropLines

Image Mask Using CropLines