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Locked PROOF PRINTING TIME - 18 HOURS FOR 7X7 BOOK

I tried to print my pages to review them and the book spooled for 3 hours and have me 3 pages. I decided to distill the book to PDF in hopes that it would not take as long. 18 hours later the document spooled to PDF, which is absolutely absurd. Once completed, the book looked good, but this software takes a very long time. The book was 1G which is nearly an entire harddrive. The finished PDF printed normally  (in a about 5 mins) to my printer so I cannot understand why it took so very long to spool.

 

Posted by
coutureage
Dec 17, 2007 1:39am PDT
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coutureage
 

Hello Coutureage,

Hmmm, not quite sure whats going on there. When running BookSmart its always best to have from 3-5GB of free hard drive space available. If you go under this amount both the operating system and BookSmart will be struggling for virtual memory.

Please fill out a Technical Support Form. Once this is filled out someone from Blurb will be in contact with you in one business day.

-Ben

Senior Technical Support Specialist

Posted by
bmartinek
Dec 17, 2007 12:19pm PDT
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bmartinek
 

I have the same problem.  It takes days to print a book.  I have lots of memory and hard drive space.  It seems that it would be better to NOT spool the print because of the large image files BS creates.  BS needs a better print driver that processes one page at a time.

Posted by
samdobrow
Dec 19, 2007 1:02pm PDT
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samdobrow
 

UPDATE: I finally found out that Windows has a small little known bug that requires people to set their print over-rides through the Printer Settings tool of the OS not through the application window.  From the OS, you need to set up a custom page size and reduce the resolution to 72 or 144 dpi (the default is 1200 dpi) and save it as a profile. THEN from the application, select the profile.  This significantly speeds up printing. It would be nice if someone at blurb developed a custom joboptions file that everyone could download for each book size.  The actual page sizes are not the book sizes and you need to find the topic on custom templates to get the actual page sizes for each book OR crop the pages after they are printed.

TIP: In Adobe Acrobat, make sure to select "Show Cover page During Two Up" and Select "Two Up" as the page viewing options.  This will display your book with the proper pages facing each other.

Posted by
samdobrow
Feb 29, 2008 12:37am PDT
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samdobrow