posted on Aug 24, 2010 at 5:33AM
Professional Head-2-Head Report: LumaPix YearbookFusion vs. Pelican Software's Yearbooks! Desktop 2010
Automatic vs. Manual OperationsBy Alex Burack
The core delineation in the two systems’ approach to automation comes down to the degree of localization with which the Auto settings are applied in LumaPix YearbookFusion. Pelican Software provides more of an overarching, full auto mode of sorts, while LumaPix packs a much deeper automatic arsenal woven throughout its manual functions. Much like Photoshop, automation in LumaPix YearbookFusion occurs within larger operations in the program, allowing modifications to be manually applied to automatic renderings. Functionally, the automation in LumaPix serves more effectively as a workflow tool, rather than a means of pure assistance.
Alternatively, Pelican’s software is built around a basic, minimalist design, favoring accessibility over granular functionality. The auto settings and clean layout lends itself to users less familiar with standard graphic design applications (such as Adobe In-Design, Illustrator, Photoshop), and offers more in the way of assistance than efficiency. The global approach to assistance makes Pelican’s Yearbook! Desktop 2010 software easy to use right out-of-the-box, though it may also prove a bit limiting for seasoned designers.
LumaPix’s YearbookFusion includes refined, creative automatic modes that yield smooth, contemporary designs, such as the program’s sleek Auto-Collage function.
Rendering the collage is quick and inspiring; the animation below illustrates the general process of populating it. Adjustments can be made to each frame in the collage – adjusting thumbnail size and position within the frame, emphasizing particular photos, and quickly swapping images in and out of frames – intuitively and efficiently.