It will generate proof order forms as the images are taken, using layouts set up by ProofLayout and packs and prices setup by PackCoder. Alternatively, if preferred, the proof order forms can be printed later.
Note that there is a quick start guide to ProofStation here.
|Group Photos with Names and/or Captions|
ProofStation can easily be used to generate group photos such as class or sports teams, with captions like year, name of the school, class, team etc. and also with names of all the students in each group photograph.
|Keeping the Program Interface Simple|
|When you are busy on the day taking your photographs, the last thing you need is a complex interface with all sorts of features that you will never need for the particular type of job you are doing. Therefore the program interface has been kept as simple as possible by auto-configuration and context sensitivity.
When you book a new job (on-line) and get your event code for that job you will specify what type of job it will be; portrait, group combined portrait and group, names, SIMS etc. This information is encoded into the event code which will then set ProofStation into the appropriate mode for that type of job; redundant controls are not displayed.
The controls displayed at any time by ProofStation are context sensitive. So, for example, when you are not browsing images the browsing buttons are not displayed etc.
Rarely used controls are all tucked away out of site and only accessed by using the More button.
ProofStation will always try and present you with the controls you need and no more.
|Proof Order Forms or Proof Cards|
Proof order forms can be printed on the day or later. They can be printed to just about any kind of printer that can be connected to Windows;
usually ink jet or dye sublimation. However if preferred proof cards can be printed by Parker Franklin back at the lab on
photographic paper. See the ProofLayout pages for more details.
Whichever you choose for your schools, both the proof order forms and the proof cards can be enhanced and customised using information gathered
by ProofStation on a per job basis. For example the school name and, if available, the student name and class can be printed, also any other relevant text,
such as an order before date.
The design of the order forms or proof cards is entirely in your hands, so you are completely free to brand these in any way you choose. For more information on how this is achieved see the ProofLayout pages.
|Cropping and Guidelines|
ProofStation allows you to specify what proportions the captured images are displayed to, using the set crop feature. Note that this does not affect the physical image file, it is only used to control the displayed image and can be changed at any time.
ProofStation allows you to do what we call a "virtual crop"; you can perform the crop on the image and it will be displayed but the original image remains unchanged (so the crop can easily be undone later). The crop is only applied to the image data in memory for display and printing purposes, it is never applied to the actual image file.
Guidelines can be added to the image to make consistent cropping easy. This can be particularly useful when producing composite images (see CompositeLayout), when consistent cropping makes the final product look much tidier. Also when doing SIMS jobs, it is likely that the school will appreciate having their database images consistently cropped (it is easy to regenerate the SIMS images after the cropping has been done).
|Auto-Rotation of Images|
|Images can be auto-rotated as they come in, to conform with your own preferred way of handling the camera. This rotation is not applied when running in group mode (groups are invariably taken in landscape format and no rotation should be needed). This feature can also be turned off by selecting "none", particularly useful if your camera already does an auto-rotation for you..|