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Transfer iPhoto book to SnapFish Apps
I was nearly done laying out a photo book in iPhoto when I got a coupon for half off a photo book printed from Snapfish. I wanted to take advantage of the coupon but didn't want to have to redo all the work I had put in laying out the book. With a modest amount of work I was able to transfer my book over. Here's how:

First I exported the photo book from iPhoto to a PDF by right clicking in the background of the photo book layout and choosing 'Save book as PDF". Then I created an Automator workflow to create a JPG image from each page of the PDF that went like this (just search for each command, drag it over, and select the option as indicated below):
  • Get selected Finder items
  • Render PDF Pages as images
  • Move Finder Items (to Desktop)
  • Rename Finder Items (Make Sequential)
Save the workflow. After running the PDF through this workflow I had a series of sequentially numbered images files, one for each page of the book. I uploaded these to Snappish and used the full page layout option to make each image a full page. Presumably you could do something similar for other Photobook printing sites.

I did have to reproduce the layout of the front and back covers in Snappish, and everything else was just as I had it in iPhoto. Of course the layout in Snappish was static and could not be tweaked, so make sure you have everything just the way you want it in iPhoto before transferring it over.

[crarko adds: I haven't completely tested this one, but the Automator workflow was pretty simple to create.]
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Transfer iPhoto book to SnapFish
Authored by: MacTipster on Jan 04, '12 03:26:58PM

Oops! Wrong thread. Sorry! How to delete a wrong post?

Edited on Jan 04, '12 03:36:33PM by MacTipster

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Transfer iPhoto book to SnapFish
Authored by: jchrist on Jan 06, '12 03:06:02PM

I'm a bit concerned about the resolution here. How did that work out? Were the PDF/JPEG images degraded in quality by the time the SnapFish version was printed?

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Transfer iPhoto book to SnapFish
Authored by: pbeyersdorf on Jan 09, '12 08:46:52AM

I dont have any complaints about the resolution of the resulting book. I think the PDF that gets created on export is the same as what gets transmitted to apple for an iPhoto book (although I haven't confirmed this). The PDF to JPG conversion in the Automator workflow lets you choose the compression amount and resolution as options. I used 90% quality and 400dpi. When I uploaded to snapfish there was an option to upload the raw file or do a "fast upload" which I gathered had their uploaded doing some further compression and/or scaling on the file before it was transmitted. I chose the fast upload which is their default setting. All of this being said, my book was not one that I will be looking at with a particularly discriminating eye.

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