At long last, Apple has launched a local version of its iPhoto printing service in Australia, meaning that prints, calendars, greeting cards and, yes, books, can now be ordered directly from iPhoto. The service has been available in other territories for some time, while Australian users have watched enviously (or found convoluted ways to order the prints and books from overseas).
Prints can be ordered in a range of standard photographic sizes. 4×6-inch prints cost 29 cents each, 5×7-inch prints cost 99 cents each. Larger sizes up to 20×30-inch prints are available (for $40 each). You can have your prints turned into 10.4×13-inch double-sided calendars for $27 (and you can have up to a 24-month calendar — each extra month costs $2). Postcards and greeting cards (including envelopes) are also available.
Books are available in hardcover, softcover and wire-bound varieties, with a wide range of pricing available depending on your needs. All the templates are built into iPhoto, though it should be noted not all themes work with all styles of books.
The service is available now, with iPhoto 7.1.2, downloadable from Apple’s web site or through Software Update.
In the absence of Apple offering the service, a number of local providers have cropped up over the years offering their own takes on photo book printing. We’ll have a feature in the 03.2008 issue of AMW outlining a few of those options, as well as covering the iPhoto service in more detail.