Mimeo Photos Releases Themes, Book Sizes, and Templates 'Identical' to Apple Photo Books as Apple's Service Ends

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In July it was discovered that Apple is planning to discontinue its physical Photo Books printing service on September 30, 2018. With Apple's first-party option disappearing, users will be left to create and buy physical books from third-party companies, and now one such company -- Mimeo Photos -- has announced the release of "identical" formats, templates, and book sizes that Apple Photo Books currently offers its users.

    This means that those users who opted for Apple's printing service in the past will now be able to transition to Mimeo Photos and its macOS extension to find all of the features that they're used to. Specifically, in Mimeo Photos the company says customers will now find design themes, product sets, templates, book sizes, materials, and print quality that is all "the same" as Apple's Photo Books service.
    The company points out that in addition to the same Apple themes, book formats, and other materials now found within the extension, Mimeo Photos also offers a few other features for designing and creating physical photo books, cards, and calendars. Users can crop and move photos easily with in-depth transformation tools; write personalized texts in numerous fonts, colors, and sizes; add colors into pages with various background options; and choose from a "large variety" of layouts.

    Pricing for the two services also appears largely similar, with Mimeo Photo's softcover landscape books starting at $9.99 in a medium size and increasing to $49.99 for extra large hardcovers. There are also calendars available for $19.99 and cards starting at $0.99, just like Apple Photo Books.

    Those interested can download Mimeo Photos for free on the Mac App Store [Direct Link].

    Article Link: Mimeo Photos Releases Themes, Book Sizes, and Templates 'Identical' to Apple Photo Books as Apple's Service Ends
  2. WarHeadz macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2015
    Long Beach, California
  3. TMRJIJ macrumors 68030


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    How does the quality compare to Motif (which I believe was also an Apple's printing partner before it launched an extension)?
    Anyone have experience with both Mimeo and Motif photos?
  4. Dj64Mk7 macrumors 65816

    Sep 15, 2013
  5. PhotobookLover macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2018
    After trying both Mimeo Photos and Motif, I personally prefer Mimeo Photos for their book quality, layouts, design and overall easy to use interface! Motif gave me very limited creative freedom to design my pages the way I wanted them to look. With Mimeo, I was able to move photos and text freely around the page for a look and feel I envisioned.

    Hope that helps!
  6. blimundus macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2006
    Even if the hard copy books are the same as they were before, this extension system no longer allows you to export the album to PDF, or am I missing something? I like keeping a pdf version of the hard copy albums that I order. Or is this a feature that was removed at the time of the Photos introduction?
  7. dlaleh macrumors newbie


    Jul 17, 2018
    I've noticed they listen to their customer feedback a lot and work with our ideas to come out with great new updates. I recently provided feedback on a calendar event feature and they included it in their latest update!

    You should contact their support team to express your interest in the PDF feature, I'm sure they will listen and work on it!
  8. Raindrop2309 macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2013
    That sucks, I love the photo books from Apple! We get them made every year
  9. robbysibrahim macrumors regular


    May 13, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
  10. dfbills macrumors newbie


    Oct 8, 2003
    Very curious to see how the quality compares.
  11. ignatius345 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2015
    There are tons of places online to order prints. Maybe not through Photos, but it's not very hard to upload JPEGs. Here's Wirecutter's pick: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-online-photo-printing/

    I use Walgreens a lot for "good enough" quick prints of stuff that I can pick up for free locally, often within an hour.
  12. dlaleh macrumors newbie


    Jul 17, 2018
    I have ordered both Mimeo Photos and Apple photobooks and comparing them side by side, I see no difference in the quality. The photobook quality looks identical between them, which makes sense considering Mimeo has been printing Apple photobooks for years!
  13. MareLuce macrumors 6502a

    Sep 26, 2010
    Great question, i’d like this too.
  14. Dc2006ster macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2011
    Alberta, Canada
    I have been experimenting with a few photobook services and, so far, Mimeo looks to be the most promising. I have not had an order printed so cannot comment on the quality of the end product.

    In terms of ease of use, while it does have similarities to the Apple system found in Aperture or Photos there are some features I would like to see added.

    A wider range of backgrounds, not just solid colours e.g Mixbooks has much better backgrounds available. I can install my own but the Mixbook system is more convenient.

    Print PDFs and import PDFs from e.g. Aperture.

    Re-order single pages not just a double page.

    Round trip editing from Mimeo - Editor-Mimeo. i.e. be able to click on an image in Mimeo, have it open in a photo editor, make changes and then save with those changes immediately visible in Mimeo.
  15. Smendes423 macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2018
    Palm Harbor, FL
    In Mimeo how do you turn off Autofill?
  16. VulchR macrumors 68020


    Jun 8, 2009
    So... if there is an issue, Apple customer support doesn't handle it? If so, then :mad:.
  17. David0518, Sep 4, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2018

    David0518 macrumors newbie


    Sep 4, 2018
    New York
    I have personally been using Motif. I used Apple Photos all the time so it was nice to transition to something that offered a similar experience.

    Motif's parent company RR Donnelley provided the printing for Apple. See this article:https://9to5mac.com/2018/07/31/apple-photo-printer-rr-donnelley-new-motif-app/
    So, they offer the same products but the app functions a lot better for me than Apple Photos did.
  18. dlaleh macrumors newbie


    Jul 17, 2018
    When you are choosing your theme prior to creating your photobook there is an option to uncheck the box that will autofill your images!

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