BookSmart

Locked Blurb BookSmart® Version 2.9 is ready for download

We’re kicking off the start of autumn with a neat BookSmart release. Version 2.9 touts some new features so let’s jump right to our favorites:

- Under our Black and White Text options, we’ve added a new book size – a 6×9 (15×23 cm). It’s available in all of our formats and the paper is a 60# (90 g/m2) cream-colored text just like our 5×8.

- When opening BookSmart, you’ll now be greeted with an improved Welcome screen. It highlights tutorials, while placing your most recent projects front and center.

- If you place low-resolution images into BookSmart, you’ll now have the option to quickly resize for better image reproduction.

- For finer control when zooming images in or out, our enhanced zoom tool now works with exact values that you type in.

- If you like having all of your images aligned the same throughout your book, it’s now as easy as right-clicking on any image.

- This version also crushes some pesky bugs that caused crashes more times than we’d like to admit.

As always, if you have a book in progress, we encourage you to finish it before upgrading. However, if you have your BookSmart book files backed up go ahead and upgrade.

Let us know what you think.


-Craig

Posted by
csm
Sep 9, 2010 3:33pm PDT
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Hi
I have just loaded V2.9 on my Mac – opened up a almost finished book and unfortunately it keeps crashing

John

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jlevans
Sep 10, 2010 2:34am PDT
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Hi jlevans,

Sounds like a problem we’ll need more info for in order to troubleshoot. Please contact Customer Support so we can get you up and running again.

 -Craig

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csm
Sep 10, 2010 8:15am PDT
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I have the same problem with 2.9. on my MAC. I can get more than 2 pages filled and the program crashes …

Doris

[Moderator note: User inquiry solved through Customer Support]

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DTFoto
Sep 17, 2010 9:04am PDT
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Hi DTFoto,

Since this is an isolated issue you’ll want to continue working with support on this. We should get you up and running soon.

-Craig

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csm
Sep 17, 2010 11:57am PDT
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Just installed the latest, keeps crashing. Windows 7 64bit . Not good.

Posted by
dlo247
Sep 25, 2010 8:05am PDT
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I also just installed it and started a new book (my 6th). Crashed three times before I could finish an edited format title page. And before the crashes, I kept getting Clipped Text warnings in text boxes easily large enough to hold the text.

This is a very BAD start for your “improved” update. I think you should consider allowing people to download OLD versions that were stable. I’m afraid I deleted mine before I downloaded 2.9.

Brad

[Moderator note: Apple crash self-resolved by user].

Posted by
skeedracer
Sep 25, 2010 9:52am PDT
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The photo slurper is repeatedly crashing when I am trying to slurp photos from a LiveJournal blog.  There are only 15 photos in the entire blog, hardly something that requires a complex effort on the part of the software.  I’ve notified Customer Support but I have to say that so far I am very, very frustrated with your software and am going to go see if book-to-blog might be accomplished faster on some other site.  I thought this was the best one because LiveJournal advertised it, but I have had nothing but repeated hangups of the program at the photo slurp step (this is after I already had to contact Customer Service just to get my download and install to work as it kept telling me I did not have Java when I did).  If this is the fault of the new release, the designer needs to go back to school.

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trminaltower
Sep 26, 2010 6:53pm PDT
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I just downloaded Booksmart 2.9 for Mac and it crashes when loading the program everytime.  (I submitted a crash report).  Anyway I can download a previous stable version?

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ednort
Sep 27, 2010 8:46pm PDT
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Hi all,

Thanks for the feedback. As always, please read the forum sticky prior to posting in the forum. You’ll see that BookSmart crashes, although rare, do happen and are better assisted through contacting Customer Support. So if you haven’t done so already please do so we can get you up and running once again.

-Craig

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csm
Sep 28, 2010 9:39am PDT
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Hi ,

Just down loaded the newer version of Blurb….. using  Windows 7

My book keeps crashing when I try to get a photo from the computer as well and when I format the tex or move any photos that I have up around. Driving me nuts This only started yesterday after I updated the program

[Moderator note: User inquiry solved through Customer Support]

Posted by
madbronny52
Oct 3, 2010 7:15pm PDT
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Quoting from Blurb’s notice of the availability of this new software (above in this thread) : “- This version also crushes some pesky bugs that caused crashes more times than we’d like to admit.”

If it did that, it simultaneously created what I consider to be new, fatal bugs…..at least on a Mac.

My experience with this new version is that it seems to be unusable because of bugs. I strongly suggest you keep using your prior versions till this gets fixed. I downloaded it onto my Mac and started another photo book. After a day of working OK, it started crashing. Customer Support sent me to a 3rd party site???? to download it again, which I did. Worked OK for a day, and then has crashed 23 times in the past 3 days of trying to use it. I’ve sent my error log and error report to them and my case has been referred to Tech Specialists.

My prior experiences with the earlier versions have been pretty positive. This has been an absolute nightmare.

[Moderator note: Apple crash self-resolved by user].

Posted by
skeedracer
Oct 4, 2010 10:56am PDT
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we downloaded this about 1 week ago (today is 1/8/2011). we began a book as a gift only to have the app crash. the crashes continue… after about every 2 or 3 minutes of use. we dont detect any particular pattern associated with the crash so its tough to trouble shoot. from our perusal of the forums and other sources on the web, it seems this software is very unstable. please advise. is an earlier version any more reliable.

jft

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jftaylor2
Jan 8, 2011 10:28pm PDT
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