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New Lustre Premium Paper - experiences
Book Printing

I’m just comparing my new Blurb book made with premium lustre against one from a while back made with premium matte. The new paper has a smart, silky finish and looks more professional and contemporary – the matte looks kind of ‘retro’ in comparison. I can’t imagine choosing matte again now.

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Jun 18, 2010 4:09pm PDT
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BookSmart 2.5 patch now available
BookSmart

I started my first book a few days after BookSmart 2.5 became available and it’s been fab.  Three weeks in and maybe a day or two away from uploading to have it printed – then last night I noticed some discrepencies, then some more.  Tonight I realised my book has reverted to the point it was at about four days ago.  Old photos I’d deleted and replaced are back in place, the newer versions gone.  Double page spreads have gone, along with the split images that I’d made them from, just tons of little decisions from the last few days vanished.  Apart from the shock I’m also quite impressed that Booksmart could actually turn back the clock so comprehensively considering I’d thought I had scrupulously deleted so many (lower res) images completely (from both page layouts and from My Photos and the computer’s bin). Wow. So, it must be a bit like Windows  with Restore Points?

 After three or four hours straight slog re-importing etc tonight I’m most of the way back to where I was (or where I think I was) from yesterday.  I’m really nervous about the programme now and won’t be risking adding the patch, thanks very much.  Illogical, perhaps!   If it goes awry again then I’m admitting defeat.

 What does kind of bug me (pardon the pun), though is that if I’d uploaded and paid for my book to go to print earlier tonight and only then noticed what had happened in BookSmart/Stupid 2.5 it’d be really annoyed.  Previously on here I recall reading other forum posts about weird stuff going on in earlier versions of Booksmart – to tell the truth I’d been a bit sceptical if people had just goofed and that it was really down to human error – now it’s happened to me, big time, my confidence in this programme has been badly dented, too – and I half expect it to fail again.  I’m unsure what caused it to go into melt-down (I have a couple of guesses – I’d duplicated my book from within the File drop down menu and I had brought in a couple of pages of text for the first time).

Imagine if you were a novelist and had finished polishing your 100,000 word final manuscript to submit to a publisher then found afterwards it had reverted to an earlier, rough draft hours before you mailed it – well I would definitely be less confident about using that word processor application again in a hurry.   Ok, moan over.

 

 

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Oct 15, 2009 4:56pm PDT
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A new version of BookSmart is ready for download!
BookSmart

I’m new to Booksmart, just about to start work on my first book but even to me there’s some impressive new features here.  Cool.

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Sep 24, 2009 5:09pm PDT
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