Technology.am(May 23, 2009) — AsukaBook provides the software for professional photographers who order books from the company. AsukaBook Maker is a free layout program that generates an Acrobat PDF file.
The primary aim of AsukaBook is to help Asuka clients prepare the files needed to order books from Asuka, but you can also output the generated PDF to your desktop printer.
Even though the software is free, if you want to generate a PDF or order a book, you’ll need the activation code, which can take up to two days to arrive via email.
On startup, you have the option of creating a book using Auto Layout or Custom Design, working on a book you’ve already created, or using the Organizer.
You have to define the type of book in terms of what AsukaBook offers for sale – the type of cover, style, page finish, size and so forth. Laying out the actual book is mostly a drag and drop affair: select your page templates, photos, photo edges and masks, and place them on the page. You can add a handful of special effects (such as drop shadow, fade or monochrome styles), move and resize photos, add text and so forth.
Once you develop styles that you like, you can save your own custom design templates. AsukaBook Maker is integrated with Photoshop CS2 and CS3 (but not CS4) for editing and fine-tuning placed photos.
However, Asuka says that they will accept book orders only from registered professionals, and prices vary.