Advantages Easy to use, great free offers to take, free photo-hosting online to share, wide choice of products
Disadvantages Other print services offer cheaper prices
I came across this website a while back, and was really interested in the free 20 prints it offered. Having just been on holiday to France, my photos were just waiting to be printed into hard copies rather than in digital form only, so I decided to sign up and take the offer last Thursday (21st July 2005). Sure enough, the free 20 prints offer is still going, so I uploaded my 20 favourites onto the website, and followed the procedure. Here's what I found out...REGISTRATION
Go to www.snapfish.co.uk, click on the 'new to Snapfish?' link on the right-hand side of the page, and enter the details. All you need to enter to register is title and names, e-mail address and a password (verified). You must also agree to the Snapfish Terms and Conditions, which you can open via a link on the page.That's it! You're registered and ready to use the service. Of course, if you wish to order prints/products, you will need to enter credit/debit card and address details; but you needn't do this now - only when ordering is this required.
I must stress now that, while I found an offer that could get me 20 prints, I had to pay for Postage and Packing, at 99p. If you look around the net at reward websites such as Rpoints (where I went), you may find better offers. I know that some people managed to get both the prints and P and P free, by typing in an extra code. By just visiting the website, you will be given 10 free prints though, which is nonetheless extremely reasonable.UPLOADING PHOTOGRAPHS
When you click on the 'Upload photos' button, you will need to type a new name for an album in which you will store these photographs. You can create multiple albums to store various photographs, which is obviously a convenient feature, as you know instantly which photos are where. Once you've renamed your album, click to upload photos.You then click on 'Select Photos'. Now, I think when I tried the service a few months back, it installed some sort of software to make it easier to upload the photos from my hard disk. Don't worry, it's perfectly safe, and it makes uploading photos much easier and thus quicker in the long run. Once the software is installed, you can select the photos you wish to upload by clicking on the 'Select Photos' button. Browse around to find the photos you want, and use the handy tick boxes to select desired photos.
Yellow bars with a percentage will indicate the process of uploading the selected photo(s). Once complete, click the 'view entire album' button to view your snaps.
Once you have found and selected all the photos you wish to upload to the selected album, quickly check what standard you wish to upload the photos at. Standard Upload is quicker, and I found my prints to be of a very good quality at this speed. If, however, you are willing to wait longer, or you have a connection fast enough to handle larger file uploads in a relatively stress-free timescale, select the Full Resolution Upload. Take note though, this upload is only really necessary for poster-sized prints. Now click 'upload selected photos'.
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