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Here are some options to better understand the Hofmann Photo Book Process.

For further information or doubts, please read our FAQs section.

Hofmann Softwareis an intuitive, fast and simple program to design photobooks and digital posters. After creating your project on your computer, will be sent by the internet to our photo centre and then printed and sent to the address requested.
 

Minimum Hardware Requirements:

  • Intel Pentium II 400 MHzProcesor
  • RAM Memory: 512 MB
  • Disk free space: 1 GB
  • Monitor colours: 24 bits


Recommended Hardware requirements:

  • Intel Pentium III 1000 MHz Procesor
  • RAM Memory: 1 GB
  • Disk free space: 2 GB
  • Monitor colours: 24 bits


Operating systems allowed:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003 Server
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Seven


For previous operating systems download a precedent version at:
http://descargas.hofmann.es/VersionAlbum5_9.exe

NOTE:
The system updating is recommended. Last downloads and updatings are available at:
http://microsoft.com/windowsupdate

Software downloading

  • Hofmann downloading is very simple, you just need click on the “Download Hofmann Software” button, then select “Run” and follow the instructions to complete the installation.
  • With DSL connection Hofmann Downloading will be finished in about four minutes. By modem connection may take an hour.
  • Once you have downloaded the software, Hofmann program is available for use. Just double click on the “Hofmann” icon that will be installed on your desktop.
  • If the program asks you for the activation code follow the instructions from the activation Hofmann code site.

Quality over 60% is acceptable in our program. This means that, excepting very small details that are generally unnoticed, the photo will come out well. If you want a 100% for all your photos, you will have to take them with the suitable resolution.

 

Take a look to this guide :

ResolutionPicture maximum size
1280 x 1000 pixels18 x 14 cm. Valid for 2 photos by page with margins
1600 x 1200 pixels23 x 17 cm. Valid for 2 photos by page without margins.
2000 x 1400 pixels28 x 20 cm. Valid for 1 photo by page without margins.
2300 x 1700 pixels32 x 24 cm. Valid for 1 photo for one and a half page.
2600 x 1900 pixels37 x 27 cm. Valid for double page with margins.
2800 x 2100 pixels40 x 30 cm. Valid for double page without margins.

 

 

 

After the installation the Hofmann icon would appear on the Desk.
If you do double-click on the icon the software will start; follow the instruction of the assistant.

Working environment
Hofmann software working environment (see the picture down here), as the Windows environment does, appears to have a toolbar, an icons bar with the most usual options and a state bar in a lower position to show information. It also includes a folder explorer panel, a picture visor panel, a tools panel and the working space itself to design photo books and digital posters.
Depending on the preferences you could re-shape the panels.

 

Hofmann Software Running

We show the photo book inteface, but its content is valid in whatever other product.

Folder explorer panel
It allows the selection of the folder containing the pictures we want to work with. When clicking on a folder, automathically its pictures will be shown in miniature on the picture visor panel.
Once the folder has been selected, it’s possible to gain space if we hide the explorer panel by clicking on the icons bar “Explorer” button. With another click the explorer will be visible again.

Picture visor panel
It shows all the pictures placed at the selected folder by the folder explorer.
Picture visor has different functions, among which:

  • Allows the selected pictures visualization
  • Shows information of the picture when leaving the mouse over it
  • It indicates through a green mark if the picture was already used at the project
  • Allows the dragging of the pictures with the mouse all around the project.
  • According to their name or date you can place in order the pictures on the “See” menu.
  • Enlarge the picture by doing double-click.

Working space to design photo books, posters or digital canvas
Here you could visualize covers, the double pages of the open photo book, the poster or the canvas where the templates, photos, text boxes and backgrounds must be dragged. At the photo book base you’ll see what page you’re working in; on the left and right two blue arrows permit to move forward or behing the photo book.

Tools panel (covers, page templates, double page templates, frames, cliparts, backgrounds, masks and text)
Tools panel contains the elements which alllow to carry on a project.
Most of the actions to be taken on the project consist on “drug and release”, which means that if we want to place a picture on a template, we might click on it and, without stop pressing the mouse button, drug it to its desired place and release it there. The same action might be repeated with covers, backgroudns, templates, frames, masks and texts.
It’s possible to exchange two already placed photos position by drugging one to each other.

Covers(only for photo albums)
If you press on the tab “Covers” you’ll have access to the covers design offered by the software, as well as to the one by default showed at the working space. If you want to have a look on the whole list of available covers you only have to move the scrolling bar or the tools panel.
Almost all the covers could contain three photos: one at the title page, another at the lower part of the spine and finally at the back page. To know where to insert your photos at these picture boxes look to the template pictures placements (showed as a palm shadow). There is a text box on the spine and on most of the covers, too.
You cannot add more pictures or texts that the ones showed by the templates. You can’t move or re-dimension them, neither.
As happens with pages, if you don’t introduce a photo or text at the cover the printing will be done with the background. The “preview” shows the accurate picture of the printing product.
To place a photo at the whole cover surface use the Cover nº007 option (as the sixth option).

Backgrounds
If you press on the tab “Backgrounds” you’ll have access to the backgrounds proposed by the software. “Drug and release” in whatever place, because the background as such will be immediately installed.
If you desire to add a photo as a background, drug it from the pictures visor panel and release it between the pictures boxes (at the background). This is also a way to place a photo with a double page extension in the photo books, because pictures boxes are only guides to place them. Don’t forget to check in “Preview”!

Pages templates and double pages templates
By pushing on these tabs a large choice of page/double page templates are displayed; they can be drugged into your project. Templates can be changed however many times we want, even if we had already placed photos on them. In that case, photos would be relocated in the new template.
If you don’t place any photo over a template the existant background will be the only element to be printed. This is a very interesting choice ir we’re looking for a photo to be the background, and place over it templates with different boxes, some to be filled and some others not to, in order to don’t interfere on the main element vision, the background photo.
Pictures and text boxes coming from “Page Templates” can only be moved aroud the present page but they can’t pass to the next one. It would be necessary to create a new box (right mouse button) to move them from one page to another one.

Frames (only at posters)
This tab contains different models to frame the poster. By drugging the frame on the project it will be placed to show the final enmarcado effect.

Cliparts
Over 200 colour full pictures will appear with just a double click at this tab. They are very useful to decorate your photos of special events as birthdays, parties, trips, etc. After “drugging” them on the photo book they could be modified to fit more in the photos:

  • Proportional Enlarge.-click on a node from a corner and stretch it until you reach the desired size.
  • One dimension enlargement.-click on a central node and stretch.
  • Rotate.-Right mouse button -> select Rotate box -> clic on the angles selector
  • Turn.-Right mouse button -> select horizontal or vertical. An interesting possibility to consider if you wish add “speech balloons” would be writing on them by using the software text editor.

Masks
It contains a big quantity of shapes for the photo edges. If you drug a mask over a picture it confers very interesting shapes to its edges. The last masks appearing at this tab are useful to “melt” different photos with the blur of the beginning or the end of the picture, depending on the selected mask.
To take off them push on the picture with the right mouse button and select Mask and then “take off”. If the picture is placed again it will also disappear.

Text
If you push this tab a text box will appear, which indicates to drug it on the project. If this is done the text editor will be opened at the interface lower left part, allowing the introduction of the desired text. Once you have selected the letter, colour, size, etc., push “Accept” to let the text appear on the project. Drug this text box to place it whenever you desire, even inside the photos. It’s recommended to check if the text is visible (you can use the preview option). If any part of the text is not visible we recommend the re-dimension of either the text box or the letter size.
If after introducing a text it doesn’t appear at the project, we probably would have used the same colour for the text and the background. Check with a double click on the text box and change the colour.

They are the most usual on the Windows environment and they allow a quick access to the most frequent software functions. They are the following:

Icons Toolbar

  • New: To open a new project.
  • Open: To open an already existing project.
  • Save: To save the project in a folder.
  • Undo: when you click on this icon you “undo” the last action carried out. The number of times you can undo is unlimited.
  • Redo: Recover the last “undone” action so many times as you “undid” it.
  • Explorer: hides and shows alternatively the Windows explorer to select the folder with the photos.
  • Edges: allows the addition of a white or coloured edge to the photo with a variable largeness. We recommend this option in cases of dark backgrounds or when different photos are superposed.
  • Number of Pages: Press this icon to change the number of pages of your photo book to whatever of the given options.
  • Preview: Allows the visualization of the project to have a look of its final result. It also permits to advance or move back over the pages, and modify their preview size.
  • Order: once your project has been finished press this button. First, the software will indicate if any page has remained without photos. If pertinent, return to the page(s) indicated and check it. Then, the software will ask for your conformity to save the project, which is highly recommended to keep a field of the project. At that time the assistant will start the order, the sending of the project field online and the safe payment process with VISA or MASTERCARD.
  • Prices: press this icon to establish a connection with the Hofmann website prices section.
  • Quick help: allows the knowledge of the most interesting functions of the software...in 5 minutes!
  • Help: press this icon to establish a connection to download the User Manual from the Hofmann website.

To a more comfortable use of the software we have implemented the following hotkeys:

  • teclas_rapidas.jpgF5 to access to the preview
  • Av Pag to go to the next photo book page
  • Re Pag to come to the previous page
  • Start to go directly to the photo book covers
  • End to go to the back page
  • Delete to delete the selected items
  • Ctrl+Z Undo
  • Ctrl+Y Redo
  • Ctrl+X Cut
  • Ctrl+C Copy
  • Ctrl+V Stick

 

Pictures editor is the tool to rotate, turn or change the appearance: bright, contrast, intensity, colour filters, etc. All these changes will be made on a copy done by the software, in order to never modify the original photo.

The following picture shows the aspect of the Pictures Editor:

Pictures Editor

 

Functionalities of the Pictures Editor are the following:

  • Horizontal and vertical turning: “mirror effect” in horizontal or vertical.
  • Undo changes: the photo recovers its original aspect.
  • Left or right rotation: rotates the photo in 90º steps.
  • Proportional framing: adjusts and cuts out the photo to the template picture box. If you desire to modify the framing size, place the mouse over the red corner until the cursor gets the inclined arrow; drug it from the centre to the selected position.
  • Free framing: with this option all the photo will be visible but logically it won’t fill the totality of the template box. The photo can be cut out and moved as the explained in the previous section, but in this case the framing is free: it’s not adjusted to the template box proportions.
  • Contrast, bright, intensity: they can be customized.
  • Picture automatic improvement: vary precedent levels in the best proportions.
  • Colour filters: grey scale (white and black), sepia (colour sepia), Watermark (usually used as a background). Three other bars allow the selective modification of the colours Red,
  • Green and Blue, but its use is only recommended to the advanced users.
  • Take out of focus of the photo: only used for background photos.
  • Relief: three-dimensional aspect of the picture.
  • Red eyes: correction of the red eyes effect provoked by the flash. Click at the centre of each “red eye” and then “Apply”.
  • Advanced filters: apply to the photos theatrical filters (po art, impressionist, bas-relief, etc.). These filters can be applied jointly to almost all the others editor functionalities, in order to potentiate their utilities. We might emphasize on the “pop art” effect which, if combined with the right bar, has a result surprisingly effects.

Text Editor is the tool through which you can add a text and modify it, as well as change its appearance: letter, size, alignment, colour, etc.

Next picture shows the Text Editor aspect:

Text Editor

The text Editor functions are the following:

  1. On the Icons Bar:
    • Cut, copy, stick, undo, redo, Bold letters, italics, underlined, left, centre, right, up, centre and down alignment.
  2. On the displayed menus:
    • Select the letter (Font)
    • Size of the letter (Font) 
    • Text colour (Font). The software stocks on the right the 30 last colours used, ready to be used again by a click.

The letter, colour, size, etc. are visualized in the editor. If you want to change whatever of these values just select the text to be modified. To introduce a different size to the displayed ones, select the text to be modified and afterwards select the size, modify it, press “Enter” and then “Accept”.


As the Editor offers the texts on the selected colours, the background will have a faint grey colour which allows the recognition of the white letters (an used colour when writing over backgrounds or photos).
To make any change on the text, do double-click over the text box and the Text Editor will be open again.
Once the text has been introduced it’s convenient to check that it fits on the photo book text box, if necessary with the “preview”. If the text is cut, either the box size will have to be augmented, either the font will have to be reduced. To increase the box size click over it and put the mouse on the blue corners until the cursor gets an inclined arrow; drug it to obtain the desired size. To move the text (inside/outside the photos) put the mouse in the centre of the box, press and drug to the selected position.

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