I’ve now had a good 5 or 6 hours of solid use of the program, and my generally positive feelings continue. Everything is still slower than it should really be (with the odd exception of rotating photos, which is instantaneous in iPhoto and takes an eternity in Canon’s own ZoomBrowser software that came with my digital camera). But the user interface us well-designed and consistent, and everything works just like it should.
To use the print ordering and hard-bound book ordering features of the product you have to sign up for “One Click Ordering,” which means registering your billing and shipping details with their servers to facilitate easier ordering. I wasn’t as bothered by this prospect as I imagined I would be.
[ident]The process of ordering prints was dead simple: drag and drop, order. That’s it. When you compare this to the process of ordering prints otherwise — even at well-designed sites like Shutterfly and Prism — which is inevitably cumbersome, it makes this one of the stand-out features of the product. I’ve ordered some 4x6 prints (10 come free — except for $3.99 shipping) and will report on their quality when they arrive.
Similarly, the “make a hardbound book of your photos” process was very well designed and easy to follow: just select an album, organize the photos in the order you want them to appear, choose a template, enter some text, and order. It’s not cheap — $49 for a 10 page book — but if the quality’s as good as they claim it is, it will be worth it from time to time.
In the end, a nice addition to my iBook, and a welcome rescue from the hell of ZoomBrowser.