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Allowing the bride to preview book before purchasing?

Why is it that I have to buy a book before I can display it. How is my bride supposed to know if the book looks good or not if I cant send a link to her so she can preview it and give me feedback.

 This is silly, like credit,  My bride cant preview my book until I sell one, but I cant sell one until my bride previews it. Rrrrrrr!

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Posted by
syvmn
Oct 4, 2007 4:34pm PDT
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syvmn
 

Try this little flash app. to build a flipping "demo" of your book.        flippingbook.com

I use Lumapix to build full bleed pages ,but I suppose one could use a screen capture to have an image of your completed pages if one is using the Booksmart templates.

You have to know a spot of HTML,but it can be any speed,size,,to match your website,etc. 

Posted by
232569
Oct 4, 2007 4:59pm PDT
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232569
 

Hi syvmn. Here’s a blog post that explains how to share your book files with anyone you want. As long as the bride downloads BookSmart, she’ll be able to see the book. Of course, we also recommend ordering one as a proof book.

Cheers,

Allison 

Posted by
allibehr
Oct 4, 2007 5:13pm PDT
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allibehr
 

A full book preview is also important to me. I would love to have this feature available to my clients who are located globally in remote areas…but do have internet access.

 Now, with a limited book preview that does not highlight my book sufficiently, I have to buy and distribute preview copies to remote island areas.  This is not cost effective or efficient.  If my clients could preview the book electronically and email me any changes or comments before production, it would eliminate wasted print runs and postal costs.

Fingers crossed for this feature…

 

Posted by
descentline
Oct 4, 2007 5:13pm PDT
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descentline
 

I was going to screen shot the books in preview mode, then import them into keynote, and have a slideshow on my site, where the users click to advance to the next page. a bit primitive, i know, but i think it will work – except… in preview mode a couple of pics still show the yellow warning sign – any ideas how i can get round this?

Posted by
jameslupton
Oct 4, 2007 7:27pm PDT
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jameslupton
 

I don’t know what kinda computer you are using, On a Mac simply go under file and print, when the printer dialog box appears choose Print as PDF and presto there is a PDF of the entire book on your desktop ready to email to your customer,,, it couldn’t be easyier

Posted by
rickgerhart
Oct 6, 2007 3:36pm PDT
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rickgerhart
 

"...it couldn’t be easier"...well, yes if your customer can receive attachments.  Mine are lucky if they get the internet.  

Posted by
descentline
Oct 7, 2007 4:34pm PDT
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descentline
 

I do the same thing on Mac (print as PDF). It creates a PDF copy of the enitre book and also creates a watermark across the previews.

Anyone know how to customize the watermark? I think right now it marks it with "www.blurb.com."

Posted by
margaret.lee
Oct 8, 2007 9:43am PDT
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margaret.lee
 

I have been unable to get a PDF to work out of Blurb in any way

 

Working on a Mac OS x 10.4 and currently on 1.8.1 

Posted by
HairBear
Oct 9, 2007 12:47pm PDT
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HairBear
 

Hello HairBear,

You should be able to select print from the File menu in BookSmart. At this point a Print dialogue box appears with a “PDF” button in the lower left corner of the window. Then select the Save as PDF option or if you are planning to send it via email then you can do the Mail PDF option.

On PCs there is a nice application called Cute PDF which allows the same funtionality. This Forum post describes it in more detail.

If you continue to experience difficulties, then I would suggest filling out a Customer Support Form and someone from Blurb will be in contact with you in one business day.

Hope that helps.

-Ben

Senior Technical Support Specialist

Posted by
bmartinek
Oct 9, 2007 1:42pm PDT
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bmartinek
 

Will the pdf have the blurb logo or watermark?  I am a professional and do not want my clients to know where I have the books printed.  Can I save the preview layout as a jpg in anyway?

Posted by
Crys5683
Dec 3, 2007 3:06pm PDT
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