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New Computer - What to do!?!?!
BookSmart

You’ll want to use the “Export” feature. Then you’ll be able to use “Import” once you have your new computer.

Amelia

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May 17, 2009 11:57am PDT
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Uploading the same book more than once
General Interest

Daniel-
It will take the same book twice. Even with the same name. And it won’t over write the existing book. Every upload is independent. So also be aware that a copy of each will need to be ordered for them both to remain on the server.

Amelia

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May 17, 2009 7:10am PDT
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book on powerpoint
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Well if you’ve got a Mac you can use Shift+Apple+4 and create screen caps sized exactly the way you want. The cursor turns into little cross hairs and then you click and drag to surround the part of the screen you want to capture. When you let go a file is made.

A little less messy.

Amelia

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May 13, 2009 6:03am PDT
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Changing book formats while working on book
Book Design and Imaging

really? when did that change? I don’t recall them announcing that new ability.

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May 13, 2009 6:00am PDT
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HELP!- I can't open previously published book to make minor change--wha...
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Happy to help, Duntan.
Good luck. Just be aware that bookmaking is addictive!

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May 13, 2009 5:59am PDT
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Google maps
Book Design and Imaging

Tony-
You are always such a wonderful source of information! I’ve never needed to use map before but now that I know I can…

Amelia

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May 12, 2009 11:16am PDT
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HELP!- I can't open previously published book to make minor change--wha...
BookSmart

Duntan-
If you don’t delete the book on your computer than you can keep adding to it and publish it again and again and again. You cannot edit the version of your book on the Blurb server only the version on your computer. Each time you re-publish (upload to Blurb) it will be it’s own version in the bookstore and you’ll need to order a new copy to keep it on the server. Think of it this way: once a book is uploaded to Blurb it is locked off. It can’t be changed. But since you work on your own computer locally you can make any changes you like and then upload again. At that point it is a new book. If you do this you should delete or rename your first version to avoid confusion.

Amelia

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May 12, 2009 11:14am PDT
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Help Finding Features
BookSmart

It’s a border. this post will show you how to get to the border menu more clearly then I can:
http://forums.blurb.com/forums/1/topics/3784

If the photo corners isn’t available in your theme click on “more options” at the bottom and you’ll be able to access all borders not just the ones that go with your chosen theme.

Amelia

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May 11, 2009 3:13pm PDT
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Are there photos that BLURB won't print
Book Design and Imaging

You really never know who will be seeing your images once it is sent to the printer. I used to not worry one bit about all the rolls of film I sent in for processing until I took a summer job at a camera store. The company had their own central lab that everything was sent to for one-two day service. Every workstation was covered with photos. Mostly of hot chicks. Anytime the guys saw a photo of a hot woman, they ran off an extra copy for themselves. No nude photos were in the working area, but you can bet they were running off copies for themselves as well. It was quite an awakening for me. Luckily I had a home dark room and shifted much of my work at the time to black and white to avoid the labs. But that was back in 1989, I’m sure things have changed! (boy, I really am naive…) Personally, I wouldn’t send anything to a printer (be it photos, books, or personal information) that I wouldn’t mind just about anyone seeing. That said—I do think I would make a collage that included the passport page, but I would think twice about what information I would leave showing.
Keeping it for “family only” will help with privacy issues, so all that’s left is the “legal” part. One thing you might do is to make a collage of the passport page and other items. A flat scan of a passport page or currency could potentially get you in trouble for counterfeiting. But an artistic piece that uses the passport page would most likely be defensible. I doubt that anyone would ever know, but it’s nice to be covered in case the book ever “fell into the wrong hands”.

Amelia

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Apr 17, 2009 6:54am PDT
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dropped images turn black
BookSmart

Most likely your images are in CMYK instead of sRGB. You’ll need to convert them to use them in BookSmart.

Amelia

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Apr 8, 2009 5:05pm PDT
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Selling books, can you offer Premium paper as an option?
Book Design and Imaging

Debs-
at the present time, you would have to upload the book twice, once for each type of paper.

Amelia

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Mar 26, 2009 4:34pm PDT
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Yikes!!!... Didn't read the 5-6 processing time....
Ordering and Shipping

It has to do with how busy the printer is. One time I had a book ship about 36 hours after I submitted it. Other times it has taken 7 days. And don’t forget that these are business days, so saturday and sunday don’t count.

I’m not sure if customer service can help, but you can try sending them an email.

http://www.blurb.com/help/order_support

Amelia

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Mar 26, 2009 4:30pm PDT
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Remove 2 little black squares on each page?
Tips and Tricks

They are called “Ornaments” and you can remove them by going to the Ornaments menu and selecting the white box with the red line (that means “no ornament”) and selecting the “apply to all pages” option.

Amelia

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Mar 21, 2009 7:11am PDT
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My first blurb book cover design
Book Design and Imaging

Avinash-
you can’t put an image on the spine. you can only import images for the front and back. the spine can only have text typed in in BookSmart.

Amelia

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Mar 10, 2009 5:37pm PDT
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Book Size Variation
Web Features

(it’s so nice when calmer heads prevail)

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Feb 22, 2009 7:19pm PDT
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Can't figure out how the pages will be paired
Book Design and Imaging

Just to clarify-
the “blank page in the front that the printer puts in” is only in hardback books. Softcover books do not include the fly leaf pages.

Amelia

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Feb 21, 2009 7:12pm PDT
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Book Size Variation
Web Features

Bebensee-
You might want to dial it back a bit here…

Tony is one of the most useful and valuable members we have here on the Blurb forums. He’s just a user, like you or I, and he spends a lot of his own time helping people out here. But he can’t answer your question since it’s not about how to use the program or that sort of thing.

Just so you know, employees of Blurb have the word “Staff” on their entries.

Amelia

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Feb 21, 2009 7:09pm PDT
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BookSmart Will Not Close!
BookSmart

Have you tried a “Force Quit”?

Under the Apple Menu, choose Force Quit and then select BookSmart to quit.

Amelia

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Feb 7, 2009 6:09pm PDT
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How to work with a co-author?
Book Design and Imaging

Veronique-
There isn’t any way for you both to work at the same time on the same file. The only way I can think of is for one of you to do all of your work. Then use the “Export” function to make a file that can be handed off to the other. Then, the other person can use the “Import” function to bring the book in and work on it.
Amelia

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Feb 2, 2009 7:52am PDT
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Working with a Professional
Book Design and Imaging

One way would be for you to do the layout and then export the book. Then your photographer can import the book on his machine. But there is no auto replace type feature and your photog will have to find and replace each photo individually.
I have done something similar. It takes a bit of time, but it can be done.

Amelia

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Jan 27, 2009 7:54am PDT
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flickr issues
Tips and Tricks

I do not want to have to download every pic to my PC to start with, but I will if I have to

Do you compress/ resize your photos when you upload to Flickr? If so, they really won’t be useful in a book. When I sat down to do my self portrait book I though I’d use the set of photos that I uploaded to Flickr since that way I wouldn’t have to look for the finals on my computer. But the quality of the slurped photos just wasn’t good enough since I elect to have the Flickr uploader resize my photos.
If you still have the photos on your computer I would use those “original” files unless you’re sure that the original (on Flickr) uploaded files were not altered by Flickr.

Amelia

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Jan 24, 2009 6:55am PDT
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InDesign vs BookSmart dimensions discrepancy
Book Design and Imaging

When I design my books in InDesign, I’ve never had a problem.

If I understand you correctly, you’re subtracting for the bleed. If so, that’s your problem. Try designing your page at the dimensions noted on the blog. Don’t subtract anything. But when you do your layout remember that the pages will be trimmed. This trimming is not exact and that’s why you have to expect that something will be cut off in that area. Try doing a quick page that way and it should import into BookSmart without needing to be adjusted. The gutter is a little harder to deal with because it will depend on the final number of pages.

As for softproofing- if you don’t want to buy the hardware (the most accurate way to do it) you should check and see if you have the Adobe color management thing (since you have InDesign). And if you’re on a Mac than you have the apple color calibration tool. There probably are other software only versions, so try a google search and include the word “free” if you don’t want to pay.

As to “perfect book every time”, I think you’ll find that’s not possible with a print on demand service.

Amelia

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Jan 21, 2009 1:56pm PDT
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Ordering Book
BookSmart

(in case you don’t know where to look)
Go to: System Preferences>Security>Firewall

if you have chosen the “set access for chosen services” option, you will need to make sure that BookSmart is shown in the list. And it seems that every time they release a new version, I have to add BookSmart to the list again.

but the quickest way to see if it’s the firewall would be to just “allow all incoming connections” temporarily.

Amelia

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Jan 20, 2009 8:41am PDT
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adding InDesign documents
Book Design and Imaging

Yes. Do a search of these forums and the FAQs and you’ll find lots of info on how to convert the InDesign file to the PNG or JPG files you need to import into BookSmart.

Amelia

oh, and as an aside. do carefully read the time you need to get your book made. I’ve read posts from other students who missed their school deadlines because they didn’t realize how long it can take for the book to be printed and then shipped. And for something like a senior project you’ll probably want to allow double the time so you can correct any mistakes and have the book reprinted.

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Jan 16, 2009 9:25am PDT
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Edit a book that has been ordered and shiped once
BookSmart

Michael-
You can’t do that sort of “editing”. Once a book is uploaded to Blurb, that’s it for that copy. You can edit the book still on your computer, but no matter if it’s small changes or big changes, when you go to upload the book again to Blurb, it is a new book. And a copy the new book will need to be ordered to remain on the Blurb server. Most people delete the first copy so that it won’t get confused with the new one.
Amelia

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Jan 11, 2009 9:48am PDT
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