Frequently Asked Questions
1. What does this service do for me ?
How would you like to have your Digital Image printed on professional Kodak paper? Look no further; this is exactly what ezprints does for you! Today, if you want to print your digital image, you can use an Ink Jet printer, a Dye Sublimation printer or a Color Laser printer. ezprints provides you with an additional solution: ezprints will Link automatically to the Lab and will process your Digital Photos.
2. What kind of software do I need to access this Service ?
We have two solutions: The first is an application called ezprints software, which you can download, from our site. Once you easily install this 1.4 MB file, you will be lead through an easy intuitive process (WIZARD technology) to select and prepare the images you want printed, and push a button and let your PC do the rest; it will automatically dial ezprints. Our second solution is an online shopping cart that will allow you to upload all your files and select what you want to get printed.
3. What kind of Picture can I Upload ?
You can print any computer images as long as we read the file format. Currently, we support JPEG, TIFF (uncompressed), BMP, TGA and FLASHPIX.
4. What about other files formats ?
As the ezprints application needs to be as small as possible to enable quick Internet download, each additional format would make the application bigger. Therefore, we have decided to include only the most popular file formats. Please keep in mind that not every image will have the quality that you and ezprints have come to expect. This may be a result of resolution problems. If this is about to happen, the ezprints application will alert you with a warning each time it detects a possible deficiency in your picture. You will then have the option to print or not to print the image.
5. What should I do to prepare images ?
We should point out that a traditional Photographic print has a resolution that
is superior to all current computer color print technologies. Therefore, it
is necessary that the image you upload should have a sufficient number of
pixels and colors.
6. What should I do to print frames in my pictures ?
With any Image Editing Software you may be interested in composing some of your pictures with frames. Various machines used by photofinishers print differently, and the printing of the exact perimeter of your picture will vary from one photofinisher to the other, some cutting into the total picture and some others not. Should you be interested in printing frames around your pictures, make sure you put some white borders around the frame to ensure that the frame is printed in its entirety. Then you can trim the framed pictures at your end.
7. Does ezprints offer a discount for larger orders?
Quantity discounts are considered, although it is dependent upon the particular order. For example, if a customer requests over one-hundred copies of a single image they would receive a discount on the order. To get a quote in less than 24 hours please e-mail us at email@example.com.
8. Can ezprints mail prints outside the continental United States?
ezprints is able to ship to the United States and Canada at this time. We are planning on expanding our geographic coverage to many more countries. We will announce this as soon as our plan is final. Please check back or let us know that you'd like to be on our mailing list for new announcements, just e-mail us with the words "mailing list" in the subject box at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. What is a Compression Warning ?
Some models of digital cameras allow for a choice of a level of Quality. This
is an option that is sometimes labeled as Low, Medium or High Quality. This
refers to the level of compression of the picture. The simple rule is, the
higher the quality (i.e. the level of the factor of compression), the better
the prints will be. Since there are so many variables in reaching an optimal
result, the best recommendation we have is to tell you: don't compress too
10. How can I upload images from my Digital Camera ?
Your Digital Camera is supplied with software that enables you to transfer the Photos from the the camera to the PC. While you are doing this transfer, make sure that you select JPEG or FLASHPIX file format. Note : today very few Digital Cameras does supports the FLASHPIX file format, but it is expected that this situation will change. Saving such format on your disk will do the job.
11. Can I print scanned images ?
A scanner is an excellent source of digital images. The only thing you should keep mind is to scan with enough resolution to match our new type of color printing technology. However, we do not want to let you scan in too high resolution, which will put you in a situation where the file is too large and therefore will occupy a lot of your disk space and will take too much time to be transferred over your modem. A good alternative is to try to get a file with a resolution between 800 x 600 and 1024 x 768. This will give you a trade-off between quality, disk space and modem transmission time. Select TIFF Color 24 bit or JPEG as the file format to save. Check our Scanned Image Resolution Guide for a chart on how best to scan your photographs for print.
12. Can I print images from my camcorder ?
Logitech and Play offer a device called SNAPPY. We have tested this device with a Camcorder and made prints out of them. We should say that the print quality we have obtained using a HI-8 Camcorder is outstanding. Using the application supplied with SNAPPY, we recommend selecting a 800 x 600 resolution, and saving the file using JPEG file format. The ezprints application will be able to collect such images and upload it.
13. Can I print from my "Image to floppy" ?
Yes : We have tested different "Image to GAoppy" suppliers, and tried to upload them with the ezprints application. For a few of them, a warning mention popped out in the screen, but for most of them, when bypassing the warning we got an acceptable quality print. But, the selected print size should not be larger than 4" x 6" (10 x 15 cm).
14. Are GIF files good enough to be printed ?
The GIF file format is widely used for Digital Images, but we should all remember that all GIF images are limited to 256 colors (often called 256 color palette). Beside its limited number of colors, GIF is a format that is compressed (without any losses), and therefore, its characteristics are such that for screen display (that still often are limited to 256 colors too), GIF is an appropriate format because files are small. This is the reason that GIF is one of the standard formats used over the INTERNET. But, if you try to upload and print as a GIF originated file (i.e. after converted the file from GIF to JPEG), you will have poor results because of the lack of number of colors. It may looks attractive on a 256 colors computer screen, but it will not be adequate on photographic paper.
15. How do I know that the print I will get back is a good print ?
With the ezprints application when you select your images, should they be of insufficient resolution or number of colors, an alert will be displayed on screen. In this manner you will be simply able to delete the selection. You will still be able to send the image to the lab if you wish, but the result will be of inferior quality. Check the ezprints Resolution Guide for more details on print qualities.
16. Can I send prints to my relatives far away ?
Yes, by using our online shopping cart you can add the mailing addresses of your friends and family and have the images you want printed shipped directly to them.
17. Can I print my image on mugs or t-shirts ?
Absolutely! We currently offer many products that we can print your images on.
18. What print material do you use?
We print on Kodak professional photographic paper, processed through professional Fuji Hunt Chemicals. The archival qualities of this process is 50+ years, before fading may occur. This is the same process that you would find at your better pro-labs.
19. How can I view my directories as "Thumbnails" in Windows Explorer?
To enable Thumbnail viewing within an image folder in Windows Explorer (Win98) follow these easy steps:
Note: two files will be created as a part of this feature: Thumbs.db and Desktop.ini. If you delete either or both of these files, you will to repeat this process to view your folder in Thumbnail mode. This feature is NOT supported in Win95 or Win3x, and is built in to Win2000.
20. Why does your shopping cart system crash when I try to check out? Is it broken?
Most often a "crash" or failure at this point is caused by outdated or improperly installed security libraries. The problem seems to occur mostly for customers using Netscape browsers version 4.73 or earlier. If you are a Netscape user, we recommend downloading Netscape version 4.75 or higher or Internet Explorer version 5.5 or higher for best the results. If you are uncertain if your browser's security library is up to date, Try using Versign's browser encryption test tool.
21. Why does your site display little boxes instead of letters on my computer?
This annoyance occurs in Netscape Navigator when your base-character set has "Unicode UTF-8" selected. Make sure your browser is set to "Western (ISO 8859-1)" under the VIEW / CHARACTER SET / item on your toolbar. You can see an example of this phenomenon here
22. Why can't I upload more than a 54MB file?
Our image processing software is governed and calibrated to handle uploads up to these limits. Files exceeding these sizes increase upload times and resource utilization, so we have set these limits to ensure more consistent and error-free uploads. If you have questions about this, please contact our Customer Care Center.
23. How do I enable ActiveX on my computer?
To use our ActiveX upload tool, you need to have ActiveX controls enabled on your computer. To do this, click Tools > Internet Options from your browser's menu bar. Click on the Security tab at the top and then the custom Level... button on the bottom of the dialog box. A list of Security Settings will pop up. Make sure that all of the options for ActiveX are set to either enable or prompt. It is recommended that you set "Download Unsigned ActiveX Controls" and "Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe" to prompt and the others to enable. Click OK and OK again. Click the refresh button on the upload page, and you should see the uploader load up.
ezprints continually strives to provide its customers with the highest quality products and services available in the market today. In switching to Kodak paper, we are able to provide the best quality and broadest selection of products available.
Over the last several months, prior to conversion, the ezprints Technical Team has been working closely with Kodak Engineers to ensure that we meet or exceed our quality standards. We have also performed operational tests to insure we have no disruptions in service time.
No, this transition will be seamless to you, the customer. You will notice no degradation in quality and no increase in cost as a result of this change.
With Kodak we have the following selections available:
Kodak Edge and Supra Endura finishes are available right now. See the table below to see how the new Kodak papers map to their Fuji counterparts:
Glossy photos are printed on coated paper with a very smooth, shiny reflective surface. Glossy finishes have a high- contrast appearance and look slick to the touch when not under glass. This finish has an excellent dynamic range and color - slightly more "pop" than the matte paper, though less noticeable once framed.
Matte finishes have a very smooth, non-glare surface. Matte finishes have a lower-contrast when printed and are often used to enhance the texture of a print.
Lustre paper is the premier paper most preferred by portrait and wedding photographers and is considered more of a professional-grade paper. Lustre has a slight gloss with a subtle, often pearl-like texture. Lustre paper has a deeper color saturization than matte, has a higher contrast, and is thicker than consumer paper.
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ezprints offers traditional silver halide prints because this process yields the highest quality photographic prints available. In addition, both Kodak Professional and Consumer papers are designed to last for generations. Kodak's tested light-keeping is equivalent to 100+ years before noticeable fading occurs in a typical home display, and over 200 years in dark storage. For this reason, professional photographers still insist on traditional silver halide materials. Furthermore, seven out of ten portraits are currently printed on Kodak paper.
Kodak is the world's foremost imaging innovator, providing leading products and services to the photographic, graphic communications and healthcare markets. With sales of $13.2 billion in 2006, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on helping people better use meaningful images and information in their life and work. Consumers use Kodak's system of digital and traditional image capture products and services to take, print, and share their pictures anytime, anywhere. Businesses effectively communicate with customers worldwide using Kodak solutions for prepress, conventional and digital printing and document imaging. Creative professionals rely on Kodak technology to uniquely tell their story through moving or still images. More information about Kodak (NYSE: EK) is available at www.kodak.com.
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