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Emailing renderings

Postby Neal Reeves » Fri, Jan 11 2008, 10:58PM

Is there any way that I can render drawings on ecabinets and then email the renderings to my customer so that I wouldn't have to print them, scan them, and then send them?
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Re: Emailing renderings

Postby Dickey Beckham » Fri, Jan 11 2008, 11:24PM

Neal after the rendering is done press the JPG button this will save a photo of you rendering to a file or folder then when
sending them a email just attach that file. you may want to make a new folder for saving the Photo to be emailed.

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Re: Emailing renderings

Postby Joe Dusel » Sat, Jan 12 2008, 12:07AM

After you save the rendering in a JPG image file from the Presentation Manager you can open this up with the built in image editor, IrfanView. This will allow you to crop the picture to remove anything you don't want in it, and then you can resize it as well. This will give you a much more professional looking rendering to present to your client. The client will then forward it to other cabinet makers to get the best price. :|


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Re: Emailing renderings

Postby DanEpps » Sat, Jan 12 2008, 7:29AM

You can also use something like PrimoPDF to put your images into a single PDF file that the customer can page through. PrimoPDF is free and installs as a printer so you just print to it.

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Re: Emailing renderings

Postby Brian Shannon » Sat, Jan 12 2008, 3:53PM

Hey Dan,

I've had some clients say that they had a hard time viewing the .jpg's. Is there a preffered size that emails best for viewing?


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Re: Emailing renderings

Postby Wally Schneeberger » Sat, Jan 12 2008, 4:22PM

Brian Shannon wrote:Hey Dan,

I've had some clients say that they had a hard time viewing the .jpg's. Is there a preffered size that emails best for viewing?


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I email renderings all the time and if someone has a problem viewing them I just tell them to print them out so they can have them to look at all the time. They don't seem to mind and I don't have to make trips to them to deliver a change or mod in the plans and it saves on my ink too.
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Re: Emailing renderings

Postby DanEpps » Sat, Jan 12 2008, 6:26PM

Brian Shannon wrote:Hey Dan,

I've had some clients say that they had a hard time viewing the .jpg's. Is there a preffered size that emails best for viewing?


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The size doesn't matter unless it is larger than the user's email account allows. In that case you would get a size rejection notice from the email server.

Most likely you are dealing with someone like my brother-in-law who, no matter how many times I show him how, just can't open an email attachment. :wink:

The latest version of PrimoPDF (3.2) allows you to append files to an existing PDF. Using that feature you could have a stock PDF with your company's logo and some "about us" information. Copy it then start appending your renderings, line drawings and quote to it and you have a single-file package that will set you apart from other bidders.

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Re: Emailing renderings

Postby Joe Dusel » Sat, Jan 12 2008, 8:03PM

I personally like to size the JPGs that I send out so they are no more than about 700 pixels wide.

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Re: Emailing renderings

Postby Damon Nabors » Sat, Jan 12 2008, 8:34PM

Joe Dusel wrote: The client will then forward it to other cabinet makers to get the best price. :|


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Joe, that is exactly what I was thinking, I have had problems in the past with customers taking the drawings that I just spent 5 to 10 hours working on and then go to "Big Box Store" and get a price on some prefab cabinets that are lower in price and quality. I have started meeting with my customers and doing a presentation on my laptop and when asked if they can have pictures and drawings, I just tell them sure, they start at $350.00 which is refundable at the time you sign the contract and make your deposit. Most customers do not have a problem with that. I also like to do the presentation with the laptop because I can make any adjustments right there and when they like it, I pull out the pen, contract, and collect the deposit.
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Re: Emailing renderings

Postby DanEpps » Sun, Jan 13 2008, 8:17AM

One thing you can do with PrimoPDF is make the document so that it cannot be printed. That stops them from taking it somewhere else to shop prices. You can also set it so that it can't be edited or text and graphics cannot be copied from it as well as encrypt the file and password protect it.


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