posted on Aug 24, 2010 at 5:33AM
Professional Head-2-Head Report: LumaPix YearbookFusion vs. Pelican Software's Yearbooks! Desktop 2010
Installation & SetupBy Alex Burack
LumaPix and Pelican Software’s yearbook applications can be used on both Windows and Macintosh systems, though Pelican offers a dedicated MAC download while LumaPix does not. Thus, in order to run LumaPix YearbookFusion on a MAC, you will need to have Windows installed as well (via Parallels or a similar application). With a general level of intuitiveness pervading both applications, users can expect to delve into album creation and exploration shortly after installation.
Pelican is generally more stripped-down and is less of a burden to initially install, though the more robust platform from LumaPix is much faster in operation. After the programs are launched, the landing screens of both applications enable users to register the software, view tutorial videos, and create a new yearbook project.
Installation and registration are reasonably straightforward. Both programs guide the user through the typical setup formalities with relative ease. Registration information is typically supplied to schools by publishers, along with the software.
Users will also need a PSPA (Professional School Photographers Association) compliant CD or folder to begin. The PSPA folder will contain an image folder along with an Index.txt file containing student information.