Basic Print Order Channel
Greeting Card Channel
The basic system consists of:
Daily use of Photogize requires that the operator know how to use Windows and a standard Windows application.
For more information on installing, configuring, and using Photogize, please see our Getting Started with Photogize guide.
You can run Photogize Lab and RasterPlus on one PC or on separate PCs. These PCs should meet the following minimum specifications:
For more information, please see our Getting Started with Photogize guide.
Phtotogize was developed by Graphx, Inc., a market-leading developer of distributed photo printing software and services. In short, we are a software company with considerable expertise in the digital photo space - we are NOT a dot com.
Photogize is standards-based and highly scalable. This translates to rock-solid reliability, unmatched uptime, and superior QOS. The architecture is open - third party developers are busy creating extensions to Photogize with our XConnect API and Channel Developers Toolkit. This means more and more commercial opportunities for photo retailers. And Photogize is built on the award-winning RasterPlus print engine which features the widest range of minilab and photo printer compatiblity and the richest feature set in the industry.
The Business Model
We are a software company that sells software and services - that is how we make money. There are no click fees or transactions fees with the core Photogize system*
* Please note that third party developers may use other commercial models with their add-on products and Channels.
is a Photogize Channel?
A: A Photogize Channel is the combination of Web application or PC application and a Photogize WebServices account. A Channel lets clients upload digital photos and place print orders which are fulfilled by a photo retailer that subscribes to the Channel.
looks good for my consumer business, but how do I support my commercial customers?
A: You can provide a dedicated Basic Print Order Channel to a single commercial customer, with unique products and pricing just for that customer. Or you can provide a dedicated Basic Print Order Channel to a group of customers. Additional Basic Print Order Channels are only $195 per year plus actual upload capacity used by those customers.
Q: Can I use Photogize
A: The minimum Photogize System configuration includes Photogize Lab software, RasterPlus software, a Photogize WebServices subscription, and a single Basic Print Order Channel account. However, you can purchase and install an additional copy of Photogize Lab, which is unconnected to RasterPlus, to improve your online print order workflow. For example, you can run Photogize Lab and RasterPlus in your production area to prejudge and print orders and a second copy of Photogize Lab in your office area to print invoices, process credit card orders, and export customer order information for archiving.
Q: Can I
create local orders in Lab?
A: Yes, photos that stored on local or networked drives, digital media cards, or CDs can be dragged and dropped into an order in Photogize Lab. You can then select Products and quantities, prejudge the photos, print order forms, and print the order to your digital minilab or photo printer. You can even upload the photos to WebServices and have an email automatically sent to a client that allows them to create a print order using these photos. Photogize Lab only uploads sampled versions of the photos; the high resolution photos stay in your system.
Q: How fast can customers
send image data?
A: The time it takes to send photos is principally dependent on the upload speed of the client's Internet connection and the size of the files. Most cable and DSL connections have high download speeds but slower upload speeds. The typical cable/DSL customer can upload at about 1MB per minute. This amounts to about one two megapixel digital photo per minute.
Q: How do I get
paid for my orders?
A: Photogize does not process any order transactions. It simply delivers the transaction information to you to process as you see fit. You can define business rules governing credit card transactions so that you either 1) never require credit cards, 2) always require credit cards, or 3) only require credit cards for ship orders. If a credit card is required for a transaction, the credit card information is downloaded by Lab along with the rest of the order information. It is your responsibility to process the credit card transaction.
Q: Are credit card
A: All order information, including credit card data, is transferred from any Photogize client to WebServices via a highly-secure SLL connection. And all order data is harvested with Photogize Lab over an SSL connection.
Q: What is the
Basic Print Order Channel?
A: A simple web site that allows your customers to upload photos and place print orders. The web site is dynamically created with content that you specify in Lab; you link your store's web site to the Basic Print Order Channel web site. You can try it here.
Q: Can customers
share order albums?
A:Yes, once a customer uploads his or her photos, he or she can send up to five emails to friends and family. The thumbnails of the uploaded photos are included in this email - if the recipient clicks on them, he or she is sent to the page from which they may place print orders.
Q: How does a customer
know if their images have adequate resolution?
A: If a photo is to be printed on a Product smaller than an 8x10, Photogize checks to make sure that the photo will print at at least 150dpi. If a photo is to be printed on a Product that is equal to or larger than 8x10, Photogize checks to make sure that the photo will print at at least 128dpi.
If a photo meets the minimum requirements, a happy face is placed next to the target Product on the print order page. If a photo does not meet the minimum requirements, a sad face is placed next to the target Product on the print order page.
Q: I don't have
a website yet, what do I do?
A:Contact us and we'll put you in contact with web designers/hosting services that have experience with creating photo retailer sites and connecting them to Photogize.
long are photos stored on our servers?
A: Once you've harvested an order, the order and photos stay on your local PC until you delete them. The order and photos stay on our system for thirty days.
I delete a customer order in Lab, can I retrieve it again or is it lost?
A: Order and photos stay on our system for thirty days. You can reharvest orders and photos anytime during this time period.
is the Greeting Card Channel?
A: The Greeting Card Channel is an online photo greeting card compositing system. The Channel features "Online Compositing" that delivers benefits to both you and your customer.
Your customer benefits from
the the enjoyment and satisfaction of creating a customized, and personalized
greeting card. The customer also assumes responsibility
for the the design and content of the card including responsibility for any
You benefit from the increased workflow in your store because your staff is freed from the time required to capture customer greeting card information--- you simply print the result.
Q: I already own RasterPlus, do I still
need to buy the Photogize Starter System or a separate copy of RasterPlus?
A:Photogize ONLY works with RasterPlus v 5.0 and above. Furthermore, RasterPlus is licensed for specific devices - you must own a RasterPlus license for the device to which you wish to print in order to use it with Photogize. For example, if you have RasterPlus for a Polaroid color film recorder, and you wish to print to a Noritsu minilab, you will need to purchase the Photogize Starter System or a separate copy of RasterPlus for Noritus minilabs.
Graphx offers webservice plans starting at 1GB per month and ranging to 1000 GB per month.
Overage fees are prorated down to 1/10 of a Gigabyte. (For example: if you are in a 1 GB plan and January your customers upload 1.2 GB of data, the overage fee for January would be would be $8.00)
Q: Is there a
A: Yes, click here for more information.