BookSmart

Locked BookSmart for Linux?

Any chance of releasing a BookSmart client for Linux?

Posted by
acturneruk
Aug 1, 2007 7:20am PDT
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acturneruk
 

Hello Actumeruk,

Currently we don’t have any plans to release a Linux version of BookSmart, but if demand increases substantially we will definitely reconsider.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Ben

Senior Technical Support Specialist

Posted by
bmartinek
Aug 2, 2007 10:53am PDT
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bmartinek
 

I just tried to run booksmart under WINE, but it crashed pretty hard. The technical response email I was sent tells me that there’s no plans to support neither WINE nor Linux. It’d be great if you did though…

 I want to make a book of wedding photos and much prefer the look of Blurb.com rather than the photobucket alternative that was sugested to me. Unfortunatly I’m running linux only and am going to have to wait until I can borrow a Windows machine before I can attempt my magnus opus :-(

Posted by
IknowJoseph
Aug 2, 2007 11:03am PDT
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IknowJoseph
 

Since BookSmart is written in Java, I bet it’s not too hard to figure out how to run it on LInux. Go ask your hacker friends :)

 

Posted by
kig
Aug 2, 2007 11:54am PDT
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kig
 

If we continue to ask, maybe they could start porting Booksmart to linux box!

Posted by
drmauro
Aug 3, 2007 2:51am PDT
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drmauro
 

Let’s hope so!

In terms of PR, a Linux version would only be a good thing, not to mention all us potential authors (customers) who are currently excluded!

I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Posted by
IknowJoseph
Aug 3, 2007 10:51am PDT
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IknowJoseph
 

Please count my vote for a Linux version of your software, I think if it’s being developed in Java won’t be so hard to port it to Linux.

Thank You,

Carlos 

Posted by
cmanon
Aug 6, 2007 8:34am PDT
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cmanon
 

I am a Linux-only person too, and I have to borrow a Windows machine every time I want to use Blurb.  Really, why else would you use Java :-)

 -mike

Posted by
postflickr
Aug 7, 2007 7:03am PDT
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postflickr
 

+1 For a Linux version of BookSmart

 David

Posted by
david-ponce
Aug 13, 2007 1:12am PDT
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david-ponce
 

I too want use it under linux!!!

 wy

Posted by
baram
Aug 13, 2007 2:04pm PDT
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baram
 

Count this as another vote for a Linux version

Posted by
sanjoseweb
Aug 14, 2007 12:53pm PDT
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sanjoseweb
 

Hello, I try use Booksmart under Linux (jvm: 1.5.0_10-b03 jre: 1.5.0_10-b03 java: 1.5.0_10), but i i not seen preview for image in My Imported Photos  and software freeze when i place new photo to book. :-( 

Posted by
tsunami
Aug 18, 2007 6:29am PDT
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tsunami
 

Hi,

Here’s another urgent plea to have BookSmart working under Ubuntu/Linux. Please count me also!

truico 

Posted by
truico
Sep 6, 2007 2:06am PDT
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truico
 

Wow, lots of people wanting a linux version. How about it, Blurb?

Posted by
acturneruk
Sep 11, 2007 4:39am PDT
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acturneruk
 

+1 for a platform independant Java version. I use FreeBSD, but a Linux version would be swell too!

Posted by
sveinhal
Sep 24, 2007 12:30pm PDT
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sveinhal
 

+1 for Linux. I use only Ubuntu. Booksmart is made in Java, let’s go, Linux have full java support too!

Posted by
imopen
Sep 29, 2007 7:59am PDT
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imopen
 

Any news?

Posted by
imopen
Oct 15, 2007 4:59am PDT
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imopen
 

I vote for Linux version too

BUT

before you start porting it, first make the Win and Mac versions usable enough please, because (looking at too many angry posts here) it seems like these two versions deserve some substantial tweaking. Thank you.

Posted by
jan.rendek
Oct 15, 2007 6:07am PDT
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jan.rendek
 

+1 for a Linux version too! :-)

Posted by
swimlappy
Oct 15, 2007 12:21pm PDT
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swimlappy
 

I’m a Linux only user at my jobe because of my job, and at home because of taste. I had to use VMWare in order to use Booksmart, this is costly in terms of CPU power.

I would love to see Booksmart in Linux.

My guess is that Booksmart would be quite easy to port because it’s java and there are some people who had made attempts, and it worked! but it’s functionality is crippled. C’mon, just fix this little glitches, pleeease :-). Look at Dell, they’re selling lots of PC’s with Linux. Linux users are very loyal to a company that supports them, even to the level of Mac users’ loyalty to apple.

 Thank you very much.

Posted by
desert
Oct 16, 2007 8:41am PDT
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desert
 

Another Linux (Ubuntu) user here. Would love if Booksmart would run on that platform. 

Posted by
pasoccupe
Oct 18, 2007 9:00am PDT
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pasoccupe
 

Well, I actually already e-mailed the blurb people directly before I found this thread, but I, too, would definitely love to see a Linux version of the software.  I really want to use this for my wedding book and I hope that the software is available by then.

Posted by
drgnsyr
Oct 19, 2007 12:53am PDT
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drgnsyr
 

I would love an Linux (Ubuntu) version.  I use Windows at the office because I have to.  At home, where I hope to compile my "365" book, I use linux on three computers and soon a fourth.

Please add linux support. 

Posted by
Dave77459
Oct 25, 2007 2:55pm PDT
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Dave77459
 

FWIW I would also love to see it on linux. I just found out about blurb yesterday and I am very excited about doing a book or two with blurb.

Posted by
ZachInIsrael
Nov 4, 2007 4:00am PDT
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ZachInIsrael
 

Definitely another vote for BookSmart on Linux. Especially since it’s Java already, it can’t be too much work. On top of that, it could distinguish "blurb" from the other photo book makers out there as the "OS independent" guys: Giving customers the freedom of choice. Not a bad thing at all, in my opinion.

Posted by
mmayer
Nov 9, 2007 9:39am PDT
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mmayer
 

I definitively agree with you, mmayer. Please "blurb" make your nice Booksmart work on Linux too.

Posted by
david-ponce
Nov 22, 2007 1:24am PDT
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david-ponce
 

Another +1 for linux! perhaps if we say pretty-please?

Posted by
joh3
Dec 4, 2007 1:38pm PDT
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joh3
 

One more for Linux . I am on Ubuntu 7.10.  I would love to support Blurb, but I don’t do Windows.

Posted by
ummqasim
Dec 7, 2007 5:22pm PDT
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ummqasim
 

Another vote for a Linux version of Booksmart, please!

Posted by
ljplug
Dec 10, 2007 12:02pm PDT
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ljplug
 

I too want a Linux version. I have been running Linux exclusively for 6+ years and I am not going back. I got BookSmart running under WINE but it randomly crashes, not something I want to deal with.

So until there is a way to use Blurb with Linux I am going to keep my business elsewhere (Walmart has a flash tool that works, it is not optimal but it does work).

I will even take this a step further. I am a Java developer (always on Linux) I will make the necessary changes to the code if Blurb will open it. What say you Blurb? If  not, can you at least give us an API? I will be glad to add a Blurb export tool to F-Spot.

Posted by
cfiles
Dec 11, 2007 6:56am PDT
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cfiles
 

I too wish to add my support for a linux version ( I am on Ubuntu 7.04 and 7.10). I came to blurb by way of JAlbum which works just fine on my machine.

 No Linux, then no books, I am afraid.

Posted by
JohnWB
Dec 12, 2007 9:05am PDT
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JohnWB
 

+1 for Linux

Posted by
zyrotron
Dec 16, 2007 3:52am PDT
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zyrotron
 

+1 for Linux

Posted by
tito207
Dec 23, 2007 8:00am PDT
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tito207
 

+1 on Linux

I just leave windows since vista exists. Ubuntu 7.10 is a very simple solution of replacement. Except for BookSmart. As i’m a java developper, i don’t undestand why there is no version of this fabulous software on Linux. Do you accept (authorize, not support) some patch to make it available on Ubuntu ?

It seems that with a good java command line (without nativeSmart.dll) and perhaps a patch for system where property SplitPane.supportsOneTouchButtons=false (so no leftbutton, no right button on splitpane and some nullpoinerexception…), Booksmart could works on linux.

Can i try to make it work on linux ? how can I give you result of these experiments ?  

Posted by
clecuret
Dec 23, 2007 3:22pm PDT
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clecuret
 

Hey All,

Woah, nice show of support. This thread will let Blurb’s "deciders" see the demand for themselves :-)

Linux is a great platform and it is on our radar for sure. Jan, who posted back in October on this thread, may have nailed it when he said our first commitment should be to users of the currently supported platforms. We admittedly have some bugs to fix in Beta, and are pouring all our engery into the next release (which will focus exclusively on stabilization and performance).

Beyond that, Linux support is a terrific idea for an upcoming improvement, and I encourage all of you to continue posting. If anyone manages to get BookSmart up and running on Linux, please let us know by repying to this thread, or by starting a new one!

Best regards and Happy New Year,

Jeremy

Blurb Customer Support 

Posted by
jbates
Dec 27, 2007 5:45pm PDT
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jbates
 

I also would appreciate linux support.

Posted by
waddell
Dec 30, 2007 3:24am PDT
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waddell
 

Hi Jeremy, 

I effectively try to make it work on my ubuntu 7.10. It seems to work perfectly. I don’t benefit of your nativesmart.dll for filedialog but features ( book realisation, upload…) works .

My goal was not to hack your application, but just make progress the management of linux platform . To proove it, you have a new linux customer because I order (not exactly me but somebody of my familly) a book done with this non official development. I wait for the result. 

Modifications are only what i explain previously : "It seems that with a good java command line (without nativeSmart.dll) and a patch for system where property SplitPane.supportsOneTouchButtons=false (so no leftbutton, no right button on splitpane and some nullpoinerexception…), Booksmart could works on linux. "

it is the case.  Modifications done seems compatible with every linux.

The last point : It’s seems that i have more probleme with java1.6. With 1.5 it’ OK 

 

 

Posted by
clecuret
Jan 3, 2008 3:55am PDT
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clecuret
 

Hi Clecuret and hi all,

I’m also a software engineer and a Java programmer and I would help you or Blurb to port Booksmart in Linux (expecially Ubuntu). I use only Linux for several years, and I have no intention to come back to Windows.

Please let me know If I can help you, for free. And if we arrived to port Booksmart to Linux, Blurb would have another customer…

Posted by
imopen
Jan 4, 2008 3:17am PDT
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imopen
 

Hi imopen,

it works, it’s sure. One book has been done with the official bookmart 1.9.2 patch with a small jar

Posted by
clecuret
Jan 9, 2008 11:21am PDT
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clecuret
 

Originally, BookSmart was written to be an entirely platform independent application. We wanted to be able to release Mac OS X and Windows versions of BookSmart simultaneously with a small development team. To do that we used Java which, as several people here have mentioned, runs on Linux. However, Java has presented a few problems (mostly around image processing) that compel us to write more platform-specific code. Therefore, supporting Linux as BookSmart matures is going to be much more complicated than just having an installer. Frankly, we just don’t have the time. For now, getting things right for Macs and PCs is our number one goal.

Posted by
lukechastain
Jan 9, 2008 1:39pm PDT
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lukechastain
 

lukechastain,

Perhaps you could post more details on the issues you’ve seen with Linux.  Especially if you’re seeing issues with specific classes.  I’m sure that talented people such as clecuret, and imopen can probably help to find solution.  Heck, even if its something as crude as just system calls to ImageMagick would be an improvement. (I’m not actually suggesting that)  A flat no seems rather short sighted. Especially when people are offering to help in ways that won’t devulge any of your actual code.

Posted by
rharrison10
Jan 10, 2008 1:52am PDT
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rharrison10
 

I finally received the first book make on Linux Ubuntu7.10 and booksmart 1.9.2 (with a small patch).

No surprise. the result is excellent. I hope that politic around linux support will change soon. Perhaps some aspects are "more complicated" but I’m witness in fact that a basic support of Linux could be enough to authorize people who vote on this forum to use this good service named blurb instead of services delivered by concurency.   

Posted by
clecuret
Jan 16, 2008 2:31pm PDT
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clecuret
 

That’s great news! Would it be possible to dowload the patched version, or at least post the patch, so other people could try booksmart on Linux? Thank you very much for your effort. As a photograph who only work on Linux I really appreciate it!

Posted by
david-ponce
Jan 18, 2008 5:30am PDT
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david-ponce
 

The patch that I isolated is only a workaround to use Blurb without exception on Linux.  The goal of my post is to have permissions from blurb to offer for free this workaround by waiting time to consider really this platform.

If you want to have more details about steps to make it work; you could contact me on my google mailing address or facebook…

Posted by
clecuret
Jan 19, 2008 4:19am PDT
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clecuret
 

Great Clecuret!

I would like to receive the patch without "re-invent the wheel" :)

Any news from Blurb staff? Could we receive the patch from Clecuret?

Thank you in advance.
imopen

Posted by
imopen
Jan 21, 2008 7:22am PDT
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imopen
 

Hello clecuret.

Probably you can post a walkthrough in your blog. I think that a lot of us are interested in your findings. Hello clecuret.

 PS. Can you post here your gmail address? Your blog is in French (I think) and I cannot find a link to your email address.

Posted by
zyrotron
Jan 23, 2008 1:33pm PDT
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zyrotron
 

Bonjour clecuret,

Français moi-même, je n’ai pas réussi à trouver votre e-mail. Et je reste très intéressé par la "recette" permettent d’utiliser BookSmart sous Linux!  La mettre sur votre blog me semble être une excellente idée, si cela est possible évidemment.

Merci encore 

Posted by
david-ponce
Jan 24, 2008 12:12am PDT
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david-ponce
 

Clecuret,

I can really understand your persistence and thoroughly follow-through, for one sensitivity aspect of issue, I am afraid and very hesitate to chime in and say something.

You really need to follow-through the issue with Blurb Team particularly with BookSmart software engineering team to address to include Linux support.

Cleruent, please try to understand that BookSmart is a and copyrighted, trademark property of Blurb Inc. Do not do anything unless you have the permission by Blurb to include patch or something on your own.

In a few words, be very careful. That is all I want to say. Please kindly refer to all information related to Policies and Legal and all. I’ll just step aside and will not participate in this discussion because I do not want to cause any flamed or hot topic debate.

It is just that, Clecuret, be careful.

Posted by
brianbonitz
Jan 24, 2008 12:52am PDT
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brianbonitz
 

In a few words, just for your information.

With frame of reference to Blurb’s Legal and Policies on aspect of End User License Agreement, known as “EULA”, have a look at below:

http://www.blurb.com/about/eula

Keep smiling and Happy Blurbbing!

Posted by
brianbonitz
Jan 24, 2008 1:33am PDT
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brianbonitz
 

Hi brianbonitz and many thanks for your answer

you say :"please try to understand that BookSmart is a and copyrighted, trademark property of Blurb Inc. Do not do anything unless you have the permission by Blurb to include patch or something on your own."

I agree and plainly respect this position. I’m a software developer and manager and know that privacy have to be preserved. I also understand that blurb policy is not currently to support linux platform.

It’s is the case of many software company. HP for exemple doesn’t want to support Linux but they explain that some solutions exist to use their printer on Linux with any HP guarantee

My only goal by posting here was to offer to blurb (for free of course) one way to operate this excelent software with your potential linux customers.

Authorization of Blurb company is of course necessary before any publication. I will of course respect blurb’s decision to accept or deny my proposal (blurb can send me an email directly if it’s more confortable).

NB : en francais cette fois : désolé mais depuis mon premier post, mon but est d’aider blurb a proposer une solution (meme imparfaite). Si Blurb ne veut pas, je ne suis pas maso et ne pourrai diffuser d’autres informations. Je respecterai leur décision. Le patch ne sera pas sur mon blog et ne le diffuserai pas sans autorisation. Pour mon mail il s’agit de mon alias chez gmail. A bientot. 

 

Posted by
clecuret
Jan 26, 2008 3:16am PDT
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