Archive for ‘Mixbook News’

August 1, 2007

Mixbook Categories

As of today, there’s an even better way to search and browse through Mixbook photo books!

We have just updated the site with categories, so you can label your pretty books and place them in one of the following subject headings:

When you begin a book, you may categorize a book at any time during the creation process. Category selection is done on the the book information page, right below “tags.”

If you already published your book before we integrated this feature, you can go back and categorize your book by clicking on the pull-down menu. This will help when you are looking for books of a certain type or event, and the list of categories can be found on the left side of the “Explore” page.

So make sure to go back and categorize your book! Thanks Mixbookers!

Mixin’ It Up,
Alison

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August 1, 2007

New Mixbook Widget

Now you can share your Mixbook with the world! Today is the big debut of our Mixbook widget – which will now enable you to embed your books in a blog, myspace, facebook, or any other webpage. This is an exciting day for us, since NO OTHER photo book site has this ability.

This will allow your blog readers and friends to preview your photo book creation on your own site, and then visit the Mixbook site to comment on it, rate it, or even order a printed version for themselves.

Unfortunately for us, WordPress does not allow embedding, but if you visit our myspace page, you can see our widget in action. Please go to www.myspace.com/mixbook

Let us know if you like this new feature – we’d love to hear from you! And be on the lookout for even better features from us, we’ve got a lot in store for the future.

Though I must say, this widget is too cool for school …

Alison

July 27, 2007

Update on Ordering

Hi Mixbookers!

I know many of you are eager to order your Mixbooks, and I want to let you know the process that we’ve been going through and when you will be able to order. At Mixbook, we strive to give you the highest quality possible in our printed books. Unfortunately, several of our first customers received books with weak binding – thus, the books did not stand up to normal wear and tear as well as they should. Because of this, we took ordering down while we spent the past two weeks improving the binding of the books and testing our solution. I’m happy to say that we are nearly done with this process, and the binding is far improved and nearly matches the sturdy binding quality you would find in any bookstore.

On that note, we are going to be be turning ordering back on this weekend, so you will be able to order your Mixbooks very soon!

As for the $9.99 promotion that has been mentioned in so many blogs and articles – we will be extending the promotion to the middle of August to make up for the downtime in the ordering system. Look for more updates on this blog and the Mixbook home page on Monday.

Thanks all for your patience and understanding. We have a great product coming for you!

Andrew
Chief Mixbooker

July 24, 2007

Mixbook News – Spreading like Wildfire

Whoa, we’re on a roll today! The folks over at Mashable.com blogged yet another post about us and called us “a YouTube for Photobooks.” We’re definitely taking this as a compliment.

Go ahead and read the post here, or click the link below.

http://mashable.com/2007/07/24/mixbook/

Alison

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July 24, 2007

Mixbook News from the Blogosphere

We got more blog coverage recently … this time from a few guys who know the technology behind all the Mixbook magic.

Thanks to Mike Potter and Ryan Stewart for blogging about us! We are so appreciative for the reviews, and hope that our blog readers will enjoy reading their posts. Read more here:

http://www.riapedia.com/2007/07/24/mixbook_flex_based_photo_book_builder

http://blogs.zdnet.com/Stewart/?p=468

I especially like Ryan’s screen shots of the Mixbook Editor and book previewer:

Have fun!
Alison

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July 10, 2007

Mixbook has Launched!

It’s 3:48 AM, and Rebekah, Alison, Josh, Aryk and I have just launched Mixbook. Now you and your friends can create amazing books, print them, and share them with the world! In our late night stupor, let me share a couple quotes from some of our favorite Mixbookers:

“I just finished my first little book! Can I just say that I will NEVER again scrapbook. This is the easiest, most efficient thing ever!!! We’re leaving today for a month in Europe, I can’t wait to get home and start my next book!”

Linda G. – after publishing Graham Family Beach Trip 2007

“Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh! I’m addicted to Mixbook!”

Arpit Mehta – after publishing Disneyland

“can i please just tell you how much i LOVE mixbook?!? i find myself looking at people’s mixbooks for hours and i don’t even know them!!”

Libby S. – she published Our Friendship

And that’s just a small sampling of the great feedback we’ve been getting from people who have used Mixbook. So what are you waiting for? Get on the site and try it out now!

Andrew Laffoon, Late Night Mixbooker

June 20, 2007

The Mixbook Beta Promotion

We’ve been so busy adding new features that we’ve hardly had time to update the blog. Watch for more on that soon. In the meantime, we have a great promotion that everyone should take advantage of: Beta Mixbookers get free books! Here’s how it works:

When you’re done making a book on the site, publish it and make it public. Then, click the Order button on the book’s page, and we will automatically credit your free book in the checkout process (S+H not included)! For every book you make, you will get the first copy free if you order it before June 25, so get started now!

If you’re already on Mixbook, check out our beta promotion page for more information. If you’re not on yet, then put a comment on this post and we’ll make sure you get an invite soon!

June 14, 2007

Wanna get on Mixbook?

Are you desperately in need of a Mixbook account? We sent out the first 50 invites today, and we’ll be sending out more over the next couple of days and weeks until launch. If you want a Mixbook account, put a comment on this post, and we’ll send you an invite!

P.S. Stay tuned for information about our “Make a Mixbook, Get a Mixbook” promotion – beta users get free printed books!

June 8, 2007

Sneak Preview of the Mixbook Creator

So many of my friends and family members are asking me: “When is Mixbook going to launch?” “When can I use it?” We’re just about there, and many of you will be receiving invites over the next couple of days. In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a little preview of the Mixbook Creator – the primary tool used to create Mixbooks on the site (hence the name).

The Mixbook Creator allows you to quickly and easily create beautiful books (“Mixbooks”) that can be printed as professional photo books or shared online with your family and friends. However, Mixbook is different than all those other photobook creation sites out there. Some of the main things you will notice:

  • We save everything for you. There is no save button, because you don’t need to save. We’ve got it covered with our amazing auto-save feature.
  • Try before you click. Wondering what something will look like after you apply it? Are you afraid to try out that cool new layout? Just hover your mouse over and watch as your page automatically previews what it would look like if you clicked to select that layout. No need to commit yet – just try putting your mouse over it, and we just might give you a preview so you don’t lose your work!
  • Awesome Colors – Having trouble selecting a color? Open the color palette and try moving your mouse over a picture on your page. See that? We pulled the color right out of your picture! It’s magic. 🙂

Now that we have you excited, check out these beautiful screenshots of the Mixbook Creator in action:

Our Wedding
You can create beautiful covers like this easily with Mixbook! Notice the transparent text box background…

Tiptoeing Through the Flowers
This is one of the beautiful layouts that comes with Mixbook! We already have over 100 different layouts to choose from, and more are coming.

Crazy Brothers
My crazy brothers on Mixbook!

The Cat
You can view your Mixbook online and flip the pages – just like a real book!

Crazy Faces
Check out the great pages you can flip through!

May 31, 2007

Welcome to the Mixbook Blog!

Thanks for visiting our new Mixbook blog! We plan to make this blog the place to come for all the latest information about what the Mixbook team is up to, the latest features on the site and where Mixbook is going in the next days, weeks and months. We want to make Mixbook the best place in the world to create books with your friends, so send us your ideas, feedback, comments and criticisms. We hope you enjoy using Mixbook, and we can’t wait to hear from you soon!