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Top 5 Articles for 2014

December 16th, 2014

top-5Below are the top 5 articles you and your fellow photographers read in 2014. If you missed any of them, here’s your chance to read them again:

5. The Secret Every Photographer Should Know About the Internet. Okay, maybe it’s not a secret, but it is still important for your business.

4. Let Them Eat Steak. Your employees can’t sell your photography if they won’t buy it.

3. Photo Pricing on Your Website. This subject was the winner in 2013. Even Congress has more agreement.

2. Best Website Software for Photographers. We did lots of research to write this article, and you appreciated it.

And the most read article in 2014:

1. Top 4 iPhone Apps for Photographers. My guess is that a smart phone is every photographer’s curse: they hate the images, but they love the freedom and convenience. Smart phones prove the old adage: the best camera is the one you have with you.


Track Social Media Links to your Website

December 16th, 2014

social network statisticsHave you ever wondered how many time your studio has been mentioned on social media? A service called sharedCount will tell you in an instant, and it is free.

SharedCount.com looks up the number of times your website’s URL has been shared on major social networks. They filter it directly from the data provided by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon and Google+.

Simply type in your website’s home page (or any page), click Analyze, and in a few seconds SharedCount will give you back the totals.

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ImageQuix v9 Launch Party at SPAC Jan 21

December 12th, 2014

ImageQuixImagequix will officially launch the next version of their online software on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the School & Sports Photographers SPAC Annual Conference at the Southpoint Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The SPAC Conference is part of the PMA/CES Tradeshow that week.

The new version of ImagQuix will offer:

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Use Render Feature in JDLab2You to Sell Custom Gifts

December 9th, 2014

renderHave you ever had a client ready to place an order, but hesitant because they couldn’t see what it would look like first?

With the Render feature in JDLab2You, you can quickly and easily show your client what any product in our catalog will look like with their custom image. The Render feature allows you to create thumbnails of every item in your cart with a watermark – show clients what they will get before you order it.

Here’s how it works. Start by creating a product in JDLab2You. Add it to your Cart, then select “View Cart.”

Step 1: Click the Render button in the upper right corner.

Step 2: Click Continue

Step 3: Select a folder and click Open.

All the products in your cart will be rendered as low-res JPG images into the folder. You can then attach any of the images to an email or a text message to show to your client.


Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

December 9th, 2014

JD2You_SpecialtyItemsLooking for a last-minute gift idea for you or your clients? Everyone appreciates a gift customized with professional photography.

JD has a huge selection of photo gifts and specialty items perfect for Christmas or virtually any occasion. Here are 3 gift ideas we recently added to our catalog of products in JDLab2You:

Coffee Mugs – Coffee mugs are a perennial favorite gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Bosses Day or to give to grandparents or teachers anytime. (more)

Photo Puzzles – Paper puzzles are a great gift for a child or grandparents. They can be customized with your favorite image or layout with full-bleed printing and rounded corners. (more)

Bag Tags – These large tags are great for luggage, sports bags, diaper bags, purses, and backpacks. Personalized bag tags are popular because they can be used on anything you can attach them to. (more)

Want to offer your clients even more gift ideas? Send them to the Specialty Items section of our unbranded website MyDigitalProductsOnline.com and show them all the different products they can order from you in time for Christmas.


New Product: Luggage Tags

December 9th, 2014

specialty-luggage-tagThese large, 2.75 x 4″ tags are great for luggage, sports bags, diaper bags, purses, and backpacks. Personalized bag tags are popular because they can be used on just about anything you can attach them to – backpacks, duffel bags, golf bags computer cases, luggage, briefcases, and more.

Everyone can use a nice looking personalized bag tag to make their bag stand out. These tags hold up very well in the field – they cannot be bent and it’s nearly impossible to make them crack.

Each tag comes with a clear, flexible loop to attach them to any bag. You can print the same image on both sides, or 2 different images. Luggage tags are $5.25 each and are available in JDLab2You.


New Product: Coffee Mugs

December 9th, 2014

specialty-mugCoffee mugs are a perennial favorite gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Bosses Day or to give to grandparents or teachers anytime.

These white, china mugs can be printed on 2 sides with text opposite the handle. Use the same image on both sides or 2 different images. Coffee mugs can be customized with your favorite image or layout. $9.95 each in JDLab2You.


New Product: Photo Puzzles

December 9th, 2014

photo puzzlePhoto puzzles are a great gift for a child or grandparents. They can be customized with your favorite image or layout with full-bleed printing and rounded corners (click image for detail).

Available in 2 sizes: 8×10″ with 30 pcs. or 11×14″ with 63 pcs. Puzzles are shipped flat and ship with an optional felt bag or box for presentation.

Prices are $14.95 for the 8×10″ and $18.95 for the 11×14″. Available in JDLab2You.


JDLab2You or Pick-a-Pack cannot start because MSVCR100.dll is missing from your computer

November 25th, 2014

After downloading and installing JDLab2You or JD Pick-a-Pack, if you see this message:

msvcr100
The program can’t start because MSVCR100.dll is missing from your computer

Here’s what to do:

1. Click this link: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26999

2. Click the red Download button.  You will need to choose the “vcredist_x86.exe” if your computer is 32bit, or “vcredist_x64.exe” for 64bit.  If you don’t know if your PC is 32 bit or 64 bit, you can download and install them both.

3. Follow the instructions to install Microsoft Visual C++ Security Update.

After this the program should launch from the desktop icon.


8 Great Christmas Gifts for a Photographer

November 23rd, 2014

Who wants another tie for Christmas? Below are 8 gifts any photographer would appreciate.

If someone asks you “what you’d like for Christmas” send them a link to this article and let them know you’d be happy with any of these 5-star rated gifts under the tree.

Over $100

GoPro Hero Video Camerago-pro-hero

If you do anything exciting in life, this camera can capture it. Have grandchildren? Give one to your kids for Christmas. Durable and waterproof, with over 60 mounts and accessories available for helmets, handlebars, or even the dog. Video and built-in microphone are surprisingly good for the price. $129.99.

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