Last week there was a function in my cousin’s house. He recently bought one digital camera also, so I took the responsibilty of taking pictures. Finally we had arround 500 images shot! We sat with & removed all duplicate images & finalized 450 images for printing. As we both are working for IT companies, we didn’t had time to order pictures & follow up with conventional photo printing shops. So, we descided to look for any help in web & here is what we found!
In our search we first landed on Picsquare.com. I signed up to have a check & process was quite simple. Photo upload interface was good with bulk upload, which is the most important feature a photo printing service provider website should have. Picsquare also got Flickr & Picasa Album integration, which saves time & internet transfer to upload the photos again which you already uploaded to Picasa Albums or Flickr. You can just select images you want to print from your Flickr/Picasa album. Price is one of the other factor to consider, Picsquare price for 4×6 print is Rs. 2.99
Snapfish is the service provided by a known big brand HP. Snapfish is available in many country across world including India. Again signing up was not a big problem by filling out a normal web form. I looked for upload options & I was really shocked! There was only one option to upload photos & that too only 12 images at a time! There was no Flickr or Picasa Album integration too! As I already said, I had 450 images to print, it might have taken a night to upload all my images & order for printing. My expectation was high as HP is a known & big brand offering Snapfish in many countries. But it failed to win my heart! Price for a 4×6 print is Rs. 2.95
itasveer is pretty much clone of Picsquare with similar features. It has bulk uploader to upload photos & also Flickr/Picasa album support. One feature I loved with itasveer is that, it allows to create photo gifts like mugs, T-Shirts, Collages…etc without signing up! The price is competetive at i tasveer which offer a 4×6 photo for Rs.2.90 which lowest among all reviewed here.
Picsquare & Itasveer are really good in their service, which puts you in confusion to choose any one of them. Beside photo printing, they also offer free space to host & share your photos with others. Picsquare is one step ahead in this which offers “Personal Photo Site” for free. Both sites also allows you to create photo gifts & order them. Though Snapfish has got big brand image behind that, it’s left behind in features.
Finally we ordered 450 photos on Picsquare. As my cousin stays at Mandya, a town 100 KM away from Bangalore, we gave that address for shipping. I got a call from my cousin on exactly the fourth day after ordering saying order reached them. He was also happy to get free albums with photos. I also orderd arround 70 images with Snapfish & it took one week to reach my office located at center of Bangalore!