New Release: Calendar BETA and Flash Previews

Lulu Studio™ Calendars BETA

Lulu is proud to announce a whole new way to produce your custom-made calendars online with the all new Lulu Studio™ Calendars BETA

For those of you new to Lulu, back in November we introduced a new and innovative process for publishing professional quality Photo Books on the web which we call Lulu Studio™ for Photo Books. Taking a similar approach, we’ve taken the Lulu Studio™ application and applied it to Calendars, adding some additional improvements:

“Lulu Studio Calendars offer a choice of 9 attractive themes as well as a number of different templates to suit virtually any collection of images. To give your calendar that personal touch, you can upload your own images for your calendar, or, using our partnerships with Getty and Colligate Images, purchase professional images from our huge image library for the cover and interior of your calendar.”

Please bear in mind that with introduction of any “BETA” feature on Lulu, this is the start of something new for us. As such, we acknowledge that some features may not work as expected for everyone (though, we’ve done are best to prevent that from happening for the majority of our users). With this in mind, we are continuing to offer the original Calendar publishing wizard on Lulu which you can select when creating a new calendar project.

To get started creating a new Lulu Studio™ Calendar wizard, click here or select “Calendar” from the options available above on the Publish tab.

Flash previews for newly published books and documents

Awhile back we announced the introduction of Flash-based previews available on the public display pages for newly published content. Unfortunately, the wide variety of material published through Lulu and the different ways users interact with it posed several challenges for us we had not initially anticipated. And so, at the time we formerly announced this feature, we were unable to provide a consistent experience for everyone and for consistency we were forced to revert back to the original design. As of today however, thanks to the hard work of several of our very talented developers, we are happy to announce this functionality is ready for everyone as of today!

Books and documents will now have high-resolution Flash-based previews. These previews are now integrated into the content pages, allowing shoppers to peruse books immediately.

The new embedded preview functionality is available for newly published print content only. And if offering a preview for your content simply isn’t the right choice for you, you can easily turn off this feature in the preview settings for your book. Please also note that previews associated to previously published content have not been altered.

Finally, as part of this release we’ve also included several tweaks and bug fixes throughout the site, for a full list changes included with these new features please be sure to check out the latest release notes in the Developer’s Log.

We invite you to try these new features and tell us what you think. Please post your questions and comments in our forums here.

Regards,
Adam Guida

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3 Comments

  1. This would be a good program, but it needs work! I was working it this afternoon. My pictures kept disappearing into GOD knows where. Then I tried to upload a picture to replace one of the ones that disappeared, and when I saved, the other pictures started to come back. Then I had a b*tch of a time trying to get rid of the picture I had just uploaded. I never did get it erased, I had to delete the whole project. The program can use some improvement. For one thing, a delete button for unwanted cells.

  2. Hi Cassandra,

    Very sorry you had a bad experience publishing a new Calendar with Lulu Studio.
    Please remember that this application is still in it’s BETA phase and that we are continually
    working on improvements. You’ll be happy to know that we’ve recently made several fixes to the application so I invite you to try again. If you’re still having problems please contact Lulu live help. You can also share your experience and discuss Calendar publishing with other members of the community in the Lulu Calendar forum:
    http://www.lulu.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=9

    -Adam

  3. I am having a LOT of trouble previewing a book I spent a whole month making. Pictures keep disappearing during the Preview and then the whole window suddenly disappears too. I REALLY don’t want to spend another month re-making it.
    How long should I wait before trying it again? I used Lulu just a couple months ago and it seemed so easy and there were no problems.

    Also, I thought you got rid of LiveHelp. I LOVED livehelp. I used it a few times in my first book with great success. I got questions answered right away. As of today, I still haven’t received any answers to my above questions though I’ve emailed them in.

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