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The Professional Photographer's Newsletterhttp://www.poundslabs.com/
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2nd Quarter Promotions

25% Off Gallery Wraps
Now you can offer your clients a low-cost, contemporary alternative for wall portraits for a fraction of the price!

These custom, hand-finished products are now available at 25 percent off the original price.  Printed directly to canvas the images are oversized so that when they are mounted to either a 1 inch or 1.5 inch thick mount they flow across the front and down the sides of the mount.  The corners of the print are neatly folded and tucked while the backs are finished with heavy paper, mounting bracket and rubber stand off bumpers on the bottom corners. Mounted directly on the wall, these prints almost have a “3D” look to them. 

Gallery Wraps are ordered using the Gallery Wrap Portraits catalog in PROS. 

Annual Wallet Special
It’s time for our Annual Wallet Special and it couldn’t come at a better time! Whether you’re trying to get in those last-minute senior orders or gain new clients for an upcoming photo shoot, our wallet specials are a great way to help entice your clients to do business with you.

Submit your wallet orders through one of our automated ordering tools (color corrected or not) and pay up to 20 percent less than our book price for your wallet sets.  As always, there is no charge for die-cutting if requested at time of order. 
 

Regularly
Special
24 Wallets
$4.60
$4.37
48 Wallets
$7.65
$6.88
96 Wallets
$14.30
$11.44
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Pounds Remote Ordering System

Compatibility Issues between PROS and Vista
The Pounds Remote Ordering System has some minor compatibility issues with the latest release of the Microsoft Windows operating system.  The issues vary depending on the version of Java that you have installed.  For optimum performance, please ensure that you have Java 1.6 installed on your Vista system.  [more…]

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Products & Services

PoundsLabsOnline Update
The excitement over our introduction of this online proofing and sales tool continues.  While there is no such thing as a free lunch, if PoundsLabsOnline were a meal it would qualify as a very nice buffet at a very reasonable price.  For a monthly fee of $7.50, $15.00 or $22.50 depending on the service you request, plus 1 cent per month for each image you post you get not only a robust ordering tool / shopping cart but also a fully functional Web site. Best of all, there are NO COMMISSONS.  Check out our demo site at http://poundstraining.poundslabsonline.com. If you would like to sign up for the service just follow the “Register Here” link.

Kodak to Discontinue ProShots Services
Kodak has announced the termination of all ProShots services and support effective December 31, 2007.  As long as your version of ProShots remains current, you will be able to continue to use the ProShots software for most locally-supported functions like slide shows, size comparison, frame projection and album construction.  Functions that require use of the Internet, such as online albums and print ordering, will cease on December 31st.

The status of your current registration can be checked by opening the software and selecting Help (top menu bar) and then Registration.  The number of days remaining can be viewed there also.  This indicates the number of days until the software will not open correctly.  Most studios should have about 3000 days left.  Please note that this number can not be extended.

All ProShots updates have been completed and there will be no more updates for albums, frames and operating systems.  It is also worth mentioning that there are known compatibility issues between ProShots and Microsoft Windows Vista and there will be no updates to correct this issue.

Depending on your use of the ProShots system, the new PoundsLabsOnline image hosting service may make a great replacement.

Palette Knife Texture Discontinued
We’re making room at our production facility for new products and services.  To expand for new equipment capable of providing texture to larger prints, we’re discontinuing the palette knife texture service.  We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.

New to PROS
We’ve added a few new products to the Pounds Remote Ordering System.  Inside the Machine and Layout Tool catalogs, you will notice new 8.5x11 layouts.  We’ve also added our Wallet Specials to the Layout Tool catalog, just in time for our Annual Wallet Special!  Additionally, we’ve included a 10x16 layout (popular for group prints) with text options in the Pic a Pac catalog.  If you have any questions about these products, feel free to give one of our friendly customer service representatives a call.

Advertise with Banner Prints
If you’re looking for a new way to advertise your business, take a look at this! With new Banner Prints from Pounds, you can design your own displays for trade shows and conventions as well for in-studio promotions and more.

Printed on a bright white, water-resistant satin cloth fabric, these 6.6 by 2 foot (80x24 inches) banners produce vivid colors, gain attention and don’t take up a lot of space! [details…]

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Digital Education

Training Available on Web Hosting Service
Training for PoundsLabsOnline, our new Web hosting service, is now available for those interested.  Lead by Gary Hutson, this e-training workshop is held every Monday morning at 10:30 CST.  There is no need to leave your home or studio as all you need is a high-speed Internet connection and the ability to call long-distance to join the conference call.

Each training session is limited to 10 attendees, so registration is on a first come, first served basis.  If you would like to join in, please send an e-mail to ghutson@poundslabs.com at least two business days prior to each session.  An e-mail will be sent out the Friday before the session around noon confirming your spot.  For more information, feel free to contact Gary Hutson at (800) 237-5931.

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Tidbits

Corporate Office and Austin Service Center Moved
We’ve recently relocated our corporate offices and Austin Service Center.  Don’t worry too much as we’ve just moved to the other side of the building.  Same street address: 7801 N. Lamar, Austin, TX  78752.  New suite number: D77.   If you have any questions regarding the move, feel free to give us a call at (512)-835-9700 or toll-free at (800) 888-9901. 
 

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Date of Publication:  April 3, 2007
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