If you have ever tried to create an album from an event that you have photographed, you know the difficulties that can come along with the creation process. If you have experience using Adobe InDesign, you are off to a good start and most definitely have full control of your album. However, InDesign is a complex program that takes time to learn and even more time to become timely and proficient with. A ways back while listening to a podcast I heard about Fundy Designer. Fundy is an all-in-one design suite that can be used to design, sell, proof, and print with ease. The application goes beyond album design and covers many aspects of your photo business, helping you focus on providing your clients with beautiful, timeless prints, along with a variety of other options to help your brand grow.
After a few weeks of experimenting with the software, I had the chance to meet and talk to Fundy’s founder, Andrew Funderberg. Funderberg is a great guy and is truly trying to simplify the lives of photographers with his program. Fundy v6.5 is the version that is currently on the market. In this version, photographers have the ability to create custom albums, sales and proofing galleries, blog collages, and brand images all while easily connecting you with the best labs in the industry. In mid-spring, Fundy will be releasing v7. When I sat down with Fundy himself, I had the chance to go through v7 and check out some of the key upgrades that the program will have.
One of the coolest features that Fundy boasts is its drag and drop technology, where you can literally design and album by dragging and dropping images anywhere in your album that you please. With the release of v7, Fundy will have new, patented automatic design technology that creates an album based off the timestamp on your image, creating a beautiful album that's accurate to the timeline of the wedding or event you shot. After the album is created, you can go in and reposition, crop, or move your images in virtually any fashion that you please. Some other feature that v7 will have include a faster, more user friendly interface, a revamped design picker, and a professional image designer and organizer.
Fundy goes far beyond album design and is truly an all-in-one print sales machine. If you are looking to consolidate your sales workflow and interested in focusing on selling prints to your customers, I strongly suggest you check out Fundy. You can view the video for a more in depth look at v7 or head over to their website and download a trial of v6.5. If you are a seasoned Fundy user, or have experience with the program, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments section below.