Lulu Lens: What Can We Do To Improve Our Calendar Experience?

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This month marks the beginning of calendar season, and so this week we want to know:

What we can do to improve our calendar experience?

One of the ideas we’re brainstorming is allowing buyers to add custom events, but what do you want to see us do?

We also want to remind you that if you already have a calendar it’s easy to update it to 2010. Simply log into your account, click revise, select the Properties tab, and change the start date to whenever you like. If you haven’t created a calendar before, then try it out and give us your feedback!

17 thoughts on “Lulu Lens: What Can We Do To Improve Our Calendar Experience?”

  1. 2010 Calendars… the last time I investigated using Lulu for calendars you only accepted jpg files for inside images. As I have png files already done for CafePress & Zazzle and a slightly modified version for RedBubble, I want to use those files and not make yet another version.

  2. Hi Brian,
    What kind of files are you interested in uploading? I will try to track down a list of file formats we support, but I just tested with a .png and it worked fine. You can also import photos from flickr, facebook, and Photobucket.

  3. I would like to be able to provide a rear cover on my calendars, such as a preview of the images and a space to place my copyright information, etc.
    Also It would be nice if I could apply text over top of my images on any page. This isn’t huge because I can just do it in Photoshop, but it is a feature some of your competitors do offer to make it easier for those who are less tech savvy.
    Overall I like your Calendar app though, it is simple and makes creating my calendars an easy task. I probably will not make any available without being able to provide a back cover though.

  4. I sent a letter last week asking about the difference in the way the photographs appear in the window when a calendar is for sale and the way it appears in the wizard. It is like the two sizes dont match up. This causes the for sale calendar to appear incorrectly. I also agree that the back of the calendar should provide a space for more information.
    Because of the difference of appearance…my images looked cropped wrong in the for sale view and I will have to remove it unless you can suggest a fix.

  5. Jason,
    Thank you for your feedback, I think having a back cover image would be a great addition, as would allowing users to add text to their images. I will pass your comments on to our product managers.
    What is the reference id you were given by customer service? I will try to get you some answers.

  6. My question doesn’t have anything to do with calendars but I wasn’t sure where else to direct my inquiry. I was just wondering if Lulu charges for the printing of a book as well as taking 20% of the sale of the book or is there just the 20% deducted from the purchase of the item? I couldn’t find out on the website the answer to the question, so I would be very grateful for your help.
    Thank you,
    Debbie Schramer

  7. Hi Debbie,
    The cost of a book on the site is the base cost of manufacturing the book + your royalty + our 20%. Does that clear things up?

  8. Oh yes! back cover images – especially for image previews. Also, I really don’t like that the text on events lines up weird – it sometimes comes out like:
    Nicholas Copernicus
    While the 1611 in this case could easily fit one line up and look way better, there does not seem to be a way to do it!
    Also, I’d like to be able to arrange events in the order in which I want them to appear (e.g., if I want moon phases to be the bottom event wherever they appear).
    Other than that, it is not bad for a wizard thing.

  9. Elisabeth Wheeler

    definitely yes on wanting to be able to add text and images to back page of calendar, photo credits, how profits will be used — in my case divide between N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Friends of the Library (NCSU), InsideWood and fossil wood research.

  10. Hi,
    I agree with previous comments about back page items.
    In addition, I think it would be useful if purchasers from different countries could add the national days/holidays/etc from their own country. I have friends in many different countries and it would be better if they could purchase a calendar relevant to them – but all with my photos!

  11. Hello,
    Would like to see in the tips sections some words on appropriate sizing of photos for the templates provided. For newbies this can be quite frustrating when using the wizard (constantly having to go back into Photoshop to tweak each photo to fit properly…!). At the very least some general guidelines would be a help – only giving the over-all page size for calendars is all but useless as a tip!

  12. I’m thrilled to have stumbled across Lulu Calendars! What size do the photos need to be for the standard size calendar?

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