January 14th, 2014
Hello friends and Happy New Year!
As you may have seen, we’ve kicked off the year by releasing a new update to our User Interface today!
Overall, the design is cleaner and the interactions are more efficient.
The navigations have also been reorganized. So, you’ll now find “preferences” under “settings”, where the different types are more clearly separated. We’re confident this will make it easier for you to manage email and communications now that it’s more readily accessible. As for “billing”, this has been renamed to “subscription” and appropriately moved under “account”, where you can better manage all account items in one location. Additionally, under “account”, you might notice the ability to have multiple payment methods and addresses. This is a structural change that may benefit you in the near future, but won’t have any immediate impact or require any of your attention currently.
Songs is still a primary navigation, but we’ve updated the page for easier management of your music and better listening tools for previewing songs as you decide what to pair with a particular album design.
It was time to update the affiliate resources as well, so you’ll see new banner designs and a cleaner interaction.
So, the primary purpose of the UI update today is to improve the look, feel, and efficiency of interactions. Underneath it all, this release will also include several structural updates that will set us up to release more features and improvements over the next several months. We hope you enjoy it and look forward to the roll out of more features as well as fun things in the weeks and months to follow.
As always, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need help dialing in your workflow!
Cheers, The AlbumExposure Team (Gary, Jared, Jeff, Chris & Ayca)
October 16th, 2013
We wanted to update you on a couple of new features. You may have recently noticed that every page uses https and a small lock icon shows in the URL bar, which means AlbumExposure is now even more secure! We’re always being mindful of your security, so we’re excited to have made this improvement.
Another feature we added is the ability to indicate whether the first and/or last spreads of an album are actually representing the front and/or back cover. If either of these are marked as a cover layout, they will be indicated as such in the spread/page count during presentations. The benefit here is that your spread/page count will remain accurate, rather than including covers in the count.
There are currently two ways to create a front cover for an album. One, you can design a spread with the left-hand side blank and the right side as a mock cover (flat color or leather texture). If the cover has an inlayed image, include it at the appropriate size and in the proper place on the right side, as a layer on top of your texture. Two, if your design software forces you to export as individual sides, you can still design the right side as the cover and just ignore the blank left-hand side. Then, when uploading sides instead of spreads and converting all sides to spreads in AE, don’t forget to indicate by checking the box that says ‘Album Starts on Right’. This will create an appropriate spread for your album’s dimensions with the cover on the right side as desired. If you’re including a back cover, you’ll want to take a similar approach, but with the opposite orientation. Design your layout with a blank right-hand side and the back cover design on the left-hand side. Again, if working with sides, rather than spreads, upload your cover as the last side in your set of layouts and it will convert to a spread, leaving the right side appropriately blank for a back cover.
See below for an example of what this looks like, both in your account for choosing cover layouts and in the presentation view for your client’s experience:
We know this will clarify page counts for your clients and hope this streamlines your process even more. Please contact us at email@example.com with any questions – We’re here to help :)
The AlbumExposure Team
September 9th, 2013
Hey friends, We recently pushed out an update that we think you’ll be really excited about! All of the emails sent to your client and branded with your logo are now much cleaner and dare we say pretty! This includes the Send Link emails as well as all client notification messages. Here’s an example…
Your logo will now be at the bottom of the emails, and if a client ever decides to reply to the email or forward it to someone else, the background is now white instead of grey! Hope you love this change as much as we do :)
The AlbumExposure Team
May 30th, 2013
Hope this finds you well as you’re busy preparing for the upcoming summer shooting season! Many of you have asked for more education on AlbumExposure’s features, so we’ve created a new Tutorials section for you on our website. We want you to get the most value out of your AE account and this is a perfect way to learn about things that will improve your album proofing and sales, starting with this summer’s events. You’ll find videos for both Photographers and Design Studios, covering an array of features and functions, such as setting up preferences & branding, creating new albums, managing communications, promoting your work, managing multiple designers, as well as general workflow tips. If there’s a topic you’d like to learn more about, and don’t see it, simply click on “Request a Video” to let us know what subject you’d like us to cover.
Start watching: http://albumexposure.com/tutorials
We’re here to help make your life easier and keep your album workflow smooth, so please don’t hesitate to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need anything or have any questions.
The AlbumExposure Team
March 4th, 2013
Wanted to let you know about some exciting happenings over here at the AlbumExposure headquarters! Today we are launching a new version of AlbumExposure that has been specifically crafted for design studios. With this new edition has come several improvements to the current photographer edition, so we wanted you to know that you’ll notice a few little changes and updates when you log in the next time. For those of you working with a design studio, post production company, or album company to complete your album designs, you’re going to love the new interactions and if your design studio isn’t using our new edition, you’ll want to tell them about it ASAP.
If you have any questions at all, shoot us a quick email at email@example.com. We look forward to connecting with you and look forward to hearing your thoughts on the new updates.
This is just the first of some really cool new things we have for you this year, as you discover your perfect album process, so stay tuned and we’ll see some of you at WPPI next week!
We’ll be posting again in the next few days with more details on the new Design Studio Edition, so look for that as well.
The AlbumExposure Team
October 30th, 2012
In the last couple years we’ve been moving away from Flash technology so we can continue to provide a solution that works flawlessly across all your devices. In an effort to continually embrace cutting-edge technology and increase device support, we’ve just performed a major upgrade to AlbumExposure’s engine.
As a part of this upgrade, we’ve moved away from using Flash technology in our image uploading tool, which means that the image uploading doesn’t work like it used to in older versions of Internet Explorer, but there’s a good reason we’ve gone this route:
Usually technology improves in minor increments, but every now-and-then, a big leap is made. Oftentimes, to take advantage of these, some older technology (like Internet Explorer) has to go the way of the buffalo. Right now, we’re leaving behind Flash technology in our image uploading system so we can make your overall experience better across more devices—especially mobile devices. In other words, to make a yummier omelette, we have to break a few eggs.
In our move away from Flash, we realized more than ever how slow Internet Explorer is to adapt to changing browser technologies. We were aware that earlier versions of IE wouldn’t be compatible with these changes, but we found that IE 9 also does not support the advanced capabilities that we know our users need. Internet Explorer 10 will work, but only if you use Windows 8 as an operating system. Therefore, the easiest solution is to download Firefox or Chrome. We understand this will be a change for some of you, but we promise these browsers have much more to offer and you won’t be disappointed with your decision to move forward.
We’re excited that this update allows for faster uploads, uploads from iOS devices, and the capability to use all features of AlbumExposure on your iPad!
If you have any questions about this change or anything else, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The AlbumExposure Team
P.S. Bob Dylan has approved this message.
October 17th, 2012
… Lindsay J.C. Lack!
We absolutely loved the way you told Stacey & Steve’s story through your photographs and album layout. Your pictures were vibrant, emotive, and made us feel like we were in attendance as well!
Everyone submitted such great albums and we really enjoyed looking through all of them. We’re so impressed by the talent all of you have!
Thanks for taking the time to enter your albums, and congrats again, Lindsay!
The AlbumExposure Team
September 24th, 2012
Have you recently designed an album you want to share with everyone? We’re hosting an Album Design Contest and would love to see your submissions!
Guidelines are simple…
We will choose the winner based on quality of images, strength of design, and ultimately on which layout tells the story of the event best!
If you already have an AE account, you’ll simply pick the album (or upload a new one) you’d like to submit, and email the link to email@example.com with the title “Album Design Contest”.
If you don’t already have an AE account, you can sign up for a free trial here and then once you’ve uploaded your album, send us the link at firstname.lastname@example.org with the title “Album Design Contest”.
This contest is starting TODAY, September 24th and we will accept submissions through Tuesday, October 9th.
Last but not least, the winner of this album design contest will win a $50 gift card to Amazon.com and get featured on our blog along with a link to the winning design!
Please tell your friends… and when you do, don’t forget to use your affiliate code so you can get paid if they upgrade in the future.
August 15th, 2012
Today is Ayca’s 30th Birthday!!! To celebrate, she’s offering 30% off your first yearly subscription when you upgrade your AlbumExposure account – but only for 30 hours! Just enter the code “YAYAYCA30″ for this special treat! This coupon expires at 5pm PST on August 16th so get it while you can!. Yay for Birthdays!
July 24th, 2012
Did you know that you can get paid when you promote us to your fellow photographer friends? It’s true! AlbumExposure has an affiliate program, and the way it works is simple. You’ll find that there are many ways to promote us, including simple links and/or banners such as this one:
To find out more information on how you can get paid for referring your friends to AlbumExposure check out our Affiliate Program page. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.