MyJD Makes it Easy to Get Invoice Totals at Tax Time

order-trackingMyJD – our online order tracking software – makes it easy to get a complete record of your invoice totals for tax purposes.

To get started, log into MyJD from our home page Use the same user ID and email used to open JDLab2You or JD Pick-a-Pack. You can also use MyJD from your smart phone.

If you cannot log into MyJD from our website home page, log in directly at

Once you’ve logged in, simply click any year button to see all the invoices from that year. If you have more than 1 page of invoices, you can click the 10-25-50-100 to see them all on the same screen. Click any of the column headings to sort by that column (for example, Invoice Date) and click the column again to reverse the sort order.

Searching for something specific? Type in the “search” box above any of the columns to only show orders that match your text. Note that as you type each letter into the search box, MyJD will start the search automatically, making it easy to see what you’re looking for.

When you’re ready to make a copy of your invoices, you can print the page or export it as a comma-delimited CSV file you can open in any spreadsheet program.

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Time to Update Your Studio to 2015

2015With the new year started, now is the time to do a little electronic “spring cleaning.”

Start by changing all your dates to 2015:

1. Copyright notice on your website
2. Copyright notice on your blog
3. Copyright notice in your camera

Making these changes will let your clients know that you’re a professional business at the top of your game.

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

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

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

Here’s what to do:

1. Click this link:

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.

Create a Custom Mobile App for Every Event

sports-appIf you shoot sport teams, weddings or events, I discovered a new product that makes it easy for you to sell your images via a smart phone application. It’s called (don’t ask me how to pronounce it).

Why a mobile app? Today about half of your clients use their smart phone as their primary PC. Selling Images via a smart phone app might be the perfect way to increase purchases beyond the original clients who contracted you for photography. For example, you could scatter cards with the app name on the tables at a wedding reception, and guests could install the app to view or order the bride’s prints. This is possible because allows you to create a custom mobile app for each of your clients.

But perhaps the biggest benefit of adding a mobile app to your photography business is that it is a relative new marketing tool for photographers. Be one of the first to adopt this technology and you’ll be far ahead of your competitors when a mobile app becomes an absolute necessity. has some special price right now  – $20/mo. includes a mobile-friendly studio website and the ability to create as many customer apps as you’d want. If you don’t have a way for your clients to view or order images online from their smart phones, might be worth trying for a couple of weddings, teams or events.

Use JD’s Cloud Tags to Find Answers for Your Studio

cloud-tagHave you ever tried to figure out how to do something using JDLab2You, JD Pick-a-Pack, LabPrints or ImageQuix? Thinking about offering a new product? Or perhaps you’re working on marketing, your website, or social media for your studio. You read something in the newsletter, but don’t remember it exactly.

Even if you’ve read every article in every newsletter (over 600!) there is no way to remember every “how to” or marketing tip we’ve written.  That’s why we provide a 2 different ways to find answers to your questions.

Start by going to our main blog page. From here, you can search through every article we’ve ever published in our weekly newsletter. On the right, you’ll see 2 tools:

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Finding Images on External or Flash Drives on Apple Macs

After upgrading their Mac OS, some users have reported that they cannot find, folders, networked folders, external hard drives or flash drives.

This problem occurs because the single drop down folder at the top of the file browser defaults to the user’s home folder, which shows things like the user’s Applications, Documents, Downloads and Pictures. To find a drive, you need to switch the view to include physical drives. Read more

New Feature: Wrap Tabs in Products

The new feature “Wrap Tabs in Products” in JDLab2You and Pick-a-Pack makes it convenient to change the way the product group tabs show in the software. This opens up more screen “real estate” when creating products.

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4 Top iPhone Apps for Photographers

screen568x568If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you know there are 100’s of apps available for the professional photographer. The problem isn’t the number of apps, but how hard it is to search through them to find the best.

Here at JD, we’ve found 4 apps for IOS we can definitely recommend. We promise you won’t be disappointed with any of them:

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Kuler Makes Selecting Perfect Colors for a Project Easy

kuler-by-adobeHave you ever sat down to design a newsletter, a marketing flyer or even a web page only to wonder what colors to use for rules, headlines, buttons, backgrounds and boxes?

You’re not alone. After writing the text, selecting a professional-quality color scheme for printed or online marketing pieces is one of the most time-consuming things you can do. There are 16.7 million possible colors on a monitor, but pick any one of them, and only a small number of hues will blend with it perfectly.

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Kodak Unveils New Software and Marketing System to Pro Photographers and Labs

kodak_alarisAt the recent Kodak Pro Lab Workshop, Kodak Alaris (the new company name) announced a program designed to help pro photographers market themselves as photo consultants, artists and advisers to the photo-purchasing public.

The new program, called Collections, is both a marketing strategy and an online ordering tool designed to step professional photographers through the process of offering products to their wedding, social and portrait clients.

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