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Book Printing

I just received my first 8×10" Blurb publication  and I am  delighted.

Am I particular? You bet. There were 21 reproductions of  paintings in my  book, and I was completely  satisifed with every single one of them. After having read about  other customers’ difficulties with uploading, print quality, and binding, I was a bit nervous. But now I can say with confidence that I am ready to start work on my next book.  Uploading was a breeze (but I only had a total of 21 images for a 40 page book with text, which might make a difference).  The images were richly saturated and crisp—as good as I could have hoped.  The colors were spot-on—both images and background. Everything looked exactly as in the preview.  BTW, I’m working with  Mac’s iPhoto & Arcsoft  PhotoStudio.   I do wish the 7×7" books were as good!  But I could not be happier with my 8×10.  This one is bookstore quality. 

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Jan 21, 2008 3:11pm PDT
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Trying to Print a Proof Page
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At least I am not in a hurry to publish—I’m going to wait until after the holiday rush, since I’ve only been using Booksmart now for less than two weeks, although my books are essentially finished.

However, I have not had any problems designing the book-<del>once I got the hang of it. This is a “Beta” program, right</del>-so that means it is essentially being tested? I’m willing to be patient, though, because I love the whole idea of this. There are obviously things that have to be worked out so they work with greater finesse.

Sometimes you do have to keep selecting a font after it returns to default. Seems to me that happens when you jump to another section of the page—I’m not sure. If you are typing all the text into a single box, the font you choose stays selected.

A lot of folks seem to be putting together really big books-<del>-lots of pages and pictures, so that might make the whole process or proofing and uploading more difficult. Different computers, different operating systems, etc. etc. There must be hundreds of variables. I have found the tech support people to be very responsive, though. But good luck with your book</del>-don’t give up yet!

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Dec 13, 2007 2:34pm PDT
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Sharing some responces from tech support
Tips and Tricks

AHA! About the local printing being s..l..o..w. I wanted to print a single page, but the application immediately launched the PRINTING function without allowing me to select a range, and I could see after a few minutes that I wasn’t getting anywhere. Not only that, but I was not “allowed” to cancel the print job! Everything else was “frozen” which is always a bit alarming. And I had no idea how long the process was going to take! I wouldn’t even wait an hour, let alone 8!
The only thing I could do was Force Quit Booksmart. Tech support didn’t know why this happened—but at least now I know it wasn’t just my printer. So I won’t be printing any soft proofs. And, if they are not going to look that good, why bother. Everything looks great in Preview, so I’ll trust that. Once I order preview copies of my books, I’ll know for sure.

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Dec 12, 2007 6:19am PDT
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Some photos can't select borders
Book Design and Imaging

I found the same thing to be the case-<del>using the Baroque theme and the full-bleed container. However, it was not as much of an issue for me  because in PhotoStudio I had already added borders  to my images (white</del>-40 pixel). slid  I placed them on a gray page, using the center/no crop option, sizing them and positioning them,  and they look good with just the white border. 

But there might be other page formats that would allow similar sizing and  the Booksmart borders—I preferred to control the placement and size with the full bleed page.

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Dec 9, 2007 12:56pm PDT
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Trying to Print a Proof Page
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Having designed my  first book (s) , I decided to print one page, as you suggest,  to see how it might look. All my images are from iPhoto, very easily accessible, and actually I have previously printed them out from within that application  on matte heavyweight paper, and they look perfect.  (I have also used them in Mac books, with excellent results).

The problem: as soon as I clicked FILE/PRINT, I got a window that said PRINTING, and the blue and white barber pole thingy,  which just kept loading and loading and loading-<del>I did not even have a chance to choose a range of pages.  The printer icon did not drop into the dock, nor could I cancel the printing job—all the other  buttons were immobllized</del>-<del>except by Force Quitting Booksmart, which is what I did, since I did NOT want to print all 20 pages, and didn’tknow what to expect. 

Is this  normal? I’m thinking I should just order a review copy of both my books instead of trying to print any proof pages.  I can print anything else in a jiffy.

Is this also going to be the procedure for uploading? How long is that supposed to take? And also</del>-how can I find out how "big" my books are—in MB?   

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Dec 9, 2007 8:38am PDT
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Author Name Does Not Appear on Front Cover
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Thank you, Ben!  In fact, that’s what I did. I’m still very new to Booksmart, but I’m starting to figure it out.

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Dec 9, 2007 8:11am PDT
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Author Name Does Not Appear on Front Cover
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After adding the title to the cover of my book, I discovered that although both title and author name appear on the spine, it not only does not appear on the cover (after I thought I added it), and there doesn’t seem to be anyplace to add it. I did try reducing the size of the font for the title in order to get my name in as well, but then it doesn’t fit onto the spine.  What should I do?

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Dec 5, 2007 8:07am PDT
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