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Desktop Designer

How it works for your business

Our user friendly Desktop Designer software is designed to be highly customisable, flexible and brandable – just like the rest of our platform!

Taopix gives you all the tools you need to configure and control your desktop photobook designer software so that you can: 

  • Brand and customise using your own branding, logos and colours. Customisation areas include the landing page, splash screen, product selector window, shopping cart and email templates.
  • Offer a wide range of products and templates! From photobooks to calendars, greetings cards and more.
  • Focus on one niche product if you prefer, i.e. ready books or wedding books.
  • Turn design features on or off, from fonts to masks, backgrounds to frames and scrapbook items etc. When it comes to design features, you can offer customers either a limited or wide choice range.
  • Pick your templates and fonts. Set up your own templates or use the starter templates, backgrounds, fonts* and images provided.
  • Auto detect languages, covers approximately 20 languages and growing.
  • Link to asset management libraries. Use our Library Link feature** to offer your customers more choice.
  • AutoUpdate.  Ensures your customers always have access to the latest content published by you; from products to backgrounds, masks to pricing and more.
  • Provide a wizard tool and a flight check. Turn the wizard on or off and configure per product. Configure our flight check to ensure jobs are right before they are sent off to print.

Use our powerful Creator tool to create and edit the options you offer to customers within the Desktop Designer as often as you like. 

* Additional fonts require a font license for internet usage. Ensuring the correct font licenses are in place is the responsibility of your business. ** Library Link feature is available as part of the Taopix Enterprise package only - see packages for further details.

How it works for your customers

Our Desktop Designer is designed to be easily customised by you. You are in charge of what you present to your customers!

The following describes how the Desktop Designer might look for your customers if you choose to switch on the full range of features available within Taopix. Your customers could do any of the following:

  • Download your branded designer to a Mac or PC.
  • Choose to create photo products from a range of photobooks and photo gifts.
  • Upload and order single prints.
  • Work from anywhere, with or without an Internet connection.
  • Import pictures stored on their computer and from Facebook or Flickr.
  • Access images from asset management libraries.
  • Choose from a range of pre-set templates.
  • Apply and change text, choosing fonts and colours using our powerful text engine.
  • Choose to apply; backgrounds, masks, frames and scrapbook items.
  • Add, edit and delete pages - including undo and redo!
  • Reposition, crop and resize photos onscreen and clearly see how many times they've used a photo.
  • Apply effects to photos, i.e. sepia, black and white.
  • Perform 8 picture corrections with one click using our photo fix software by Perfectly Clear.
  • One click red eye removal using our integration with Perfectly Clear photo fix software.
  • Upgrade and change their photobook or photo gift via our clever upsell tools.
  • AutoFill photobooks - using all of their uploaded photos with one click, then edit photo positioning etc.
  • Use a design wizard to help prompt them and teach them how to create a book very quickly. Complete a comprehensive flight check prior to ordering.
  • Add their own design elements, including templates, backgrounds, masks, frames and scrapbook items.

* Library Link feature is available as part of the Taopix Enterprise package only - see packages for further details.

Since 2007, companies around the world have been relying on our desktop solution to successfully run their photobook businesses. Designed to complement our Online Designer, it’s something we continue to build upon and update.’

James Gray, CEO & Founder of Taopix Limited 

Working with pictures

Our customers are often curious to know how Taopix Desktop Designer works with pictures, and here's what we tell them:

  • Uses local processing power, there is no central server requirement.
  • Does not change or manipulate original pictures.
  • Choose how the programme prepares files for print production, per product.
  • Choose flattened pages (raster) file preparation: Taopix uploads individual flattened pages in your preferred format (supports jpeg or vector pdf).
  • Choose our Project Elements job preparation feature: favoured by professional photographers, Taopix does not render the job pre-delivery, instead individual page elements (background, text, images etc) are delivered to the production site as separate files to allow for additional image correction.
  • Taopix securely encrypts and decrypts jobs so only your business, as a unique software licensee, can encrypt, decrypt and output jobs for production.

In addition to this, our Desktop Designer supports a wide range of picture formats including;

  • JPEG – RGB / CMYK / Greyscale
  • TIFF – RGB / CMYK / Greyscale
  • PNG – RGB / Greyscale
  • Alpha Channel – RGB / TIFF / PNG

To find out more about how all of this works, including our secure encryption and decryption, visit Taopix Production.

Desktop v Online

Our Desktop Designer has been purposefully designed to perfectly complement our easy to use Online Designer.

Not sure whether your business should provide either an online or a desktop designer solution? We’ve done some of the hard work for you! Read our arguments for online, desktop or both and see what you think!

Once your customer has designed their personalised photo products they purchase their order within your powerful, fully customisable shopping cart. Discover more!