For years I have been trying to get my poop in a group enough to make a photobook of some of my trips in Europe but have always been stymied by the crappy designs, website interfaces, and/or confusing user controls. Eventually every attempt ended in frustration and a desire to put off any such project. No more. I just did a 34 page photobook about this year's trip in about seven or so hours spread out over three days. The website I used is called Mixbook, and right now they are running a good special for mom's day with some books up to 50%. The only catch is you have to complete your project and order it by midnight PST Monday the 29th. Mixbook has a huge selection of projects with a large number of themes and templates for your photos and text, and if a template isn't working just the way you want you can change the size of the photos and/or text box or move them around to suit you needs. Plus, if you resize your photos, a set of yellow markers pops up on the screen to let you know when the resized photo is in line with the other photos on the page. No more guesswork and unaligned photos. Check out www.mixbook.com for more info.
I recently got an email from the folks of the Where to Ski and Snowboard website saying the 2013 edition of their guidebook would soon be available. I had an older copy from back in 2008 and bought the 2012 edition last year, thinking it would serve for a few years. However, they update the book thoroughly enough that it makes sense to buy a new one each year, even at 32 pounds plus shipping (roughly 52 bucks). I do wish they would put it out as a PDF each year so you could download it to your iphone or tablet.
Just looked at the WTSS website and they have plans afoot to put out an app next season. Yay!
Ah, spring: time to do the cleaning, bike repairs, and learn a new computer program. I downloaded the program from Smilebooks and suddenly realize it may take a bit to get the photobook done, especially since all next week I will be in the throes of teaching a level 2 avalanche course. I will let folks know how they turned out when I get them from the publisher.
Here's a lovely stitch photo made with Windows Live Photo Gallery. Too bad it doesn't work with RAW photo files.
Looking west (l) to north to east (right) from top of Pianalunga-Bocchetta chair. I believe that Piramide Vincent is on the far left and the main body of Monte Rosa is directly ahead. It would be nice if there were some signs posted at the top of certain lifts with the mountain names posted.
Just yesterday I got three new guidebooks on Italy: Eyewitness Guide's Italy (Eyewitness guides are great for getting a general overview of a country plus they are really cool to read); Italy: Instructions for Use (a sort of small get by guide); and Eating and Drinking in Italy: Italian Menu Translator (very important.) Now, I gotta lern me sum Eyetalen. Too bad my new eyeglasses are giving me fits; hard to read.