ePHOTOzine previously featured the Pixum EasyBook XXL back in October 2008 as part of a Photo Books buyers guide
. The Pixum EasyBook XXL has a minimum of 26 pages and can have as many as 130. It is available in a premium faux leather cover in brown or black (basic price for 26 pages is £79.99), or in premium linen in copper or silver (basic price for 26 pages is £69.99). The price for additional pages is £8 for each 8. The format is 42 cm x 30 cm and the paper is 250g/m2
. Postage and packaging is £2.99 and delivery takes between 3-5 working days.
To get started on creating your XXL EasyBook you need to download the free Pixum software. This is available for Windows, Mac or Linux. I chose the Windows download. The installation process is typical of most software programs and there is more downloading done during the process. On a good internet connection this should take no more than a few minutes, the software tells you it could take 10 minutes or more.
When starting the software, it is likely that you will be offered a quick update to ensure the products and prices are up-to-date. This only takes a few seconds and after this you're presented with the various Photo Books available.
For this review I'm selecting the XXL EasyBook which you can find under the tab The big ones
. Here you can choose the XXL EasyBook in Portrait or Landscape or a smaller XL EasyBook. Under the XXL EasyBook Landscape option there's a button Create photo book here
. This loads up the PhotoBook Assistant, which can automatically sort your images and create backgrounds in seconds.
To thoroughly test the software I chose to Use the Assistant
which brings you to an area where you drag images from your computer into the photobook software. There's also options for how many images on average you want in the book as well as the number of pages. Adjusting the number of pages applies an automatic adjustment of the average number of pages per page and a green bar on the right shows you if the number of images you have chosen is ok for the number of pages depending on your average chosen.
Once you're happy with the number of pages and images on each page you can Create Photo Book
. The Software then fills your book with the images in a matter of seconds and you're able to view each page as it will appear in the final product. Any pictures that the software feels will not print out correctly (i.e. too small) there's a warning sign on the image.
On my Pixum EasyBook I was very pleased with how the book had set the images out and the ones selected as background images. Images are easily resized, moved and deleted through the EasyBook software. After a few minor adjustments I was happy with the look of my photobook.
The next step was to Go to the shopping basket
, which was a button on the bottom of the Pixum software. It gives you the option to save your photobook which is always a good idea as you never know when you computer may crash! The software then prepares the images which only takes a few seconds before you're presented with the total price including postage and packaging.
Clicking Start order process
took me to a page where I had to either log in or creat a new account. When you're logged in it's time to pay. The last stage is to upload your Photo Book and this can take a while, depending on the size of the book, so it may be worth making a cup of tea whilst this happens.
Pixum XXL EasyBook: Verdict
The book arrived as promised within 3-5 days and I was extremely happy with the results. The Faux leather cover is of extremely good quality and the photos look superb in their satin finish. It is certainly an album I will be proud to show my friends and family and cherish in the years to come.
Pixum XXL EasyBook: Plus points
Quick and easy to create using assistant
Quality of final product is excellent
Pixum XXL EasyBook: Minus points
Software took a while to download and install
While I was on the Pixum website, I decided to try out their EasyBook Small which is priced from £5.99. It was a similar process to designing the XXL Easybook. There's no option for a cover on this album, you simply have the same paper as what's inside the album. Again the quality of the Easybook Small was fantastic but I can't help but feel that it would be easily damaged and therefore a hard cover would be a nice option to have.
The Pixum XXL Easy Book starts from £69.99 for the faux leatherbound variety. For more information visit the Pixum website here:
Pixum XXL photobook