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Typing text so slow since downlaoded 1.9.2
BookSmart

I have the same problem and filled out numerous support forms. The techs. were very helpful, but no one solved the problem and when I mentioned that many people seemed to be having the same problem, I was told that many problems look the same from the outside but that the inner details can be different.

Yes, but the bottom line is, the performance is so poor that I can’t use the application. I resorted to using version 1.8, but wasn’t happy to lose some of the new layouts, so I had to set the Blurb book aside until a better working version of Booksmart is released. It is very frustrating, but a good opportunity for me to explore other possibilities elsewhere. 

Still, I hope the performance issues are solved soon. 

 

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Dec 7, 2007 6:01am PDT
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1.9.0-1.9.1 Just Plain Dies when adding a photo from computer
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OK, I did just that—removed 1.9.2 and installed 1.8 and it runs smoothly under Vista, so that’s what I’ll use until this problem with the newer version is sorted out. Note that if you do this, your newer books won’t open and you will have to recreate them from scratch, but far faster and easier than working with 1.9.

Dan

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Nov 22, 2007 6:00pm PDT
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1.9.0-1.9.1 Just Plain Dies when adding a photo from computer
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It would be great if we could just return to the older version of Booksmart than ran really well for us and somehow incorporate a few of the new page layout templates.

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Nov 18, 2007 8:27pm PDT
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1.9.0-1.9.1 Just Plain Dies when adding a photo from computer
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OK, still working on it—I am having speed issues with 1.9.2, both under Win2000 and Vista. Pretty much the same thing as above, though the program is more responsive under Win2000. Still, it is very frustrating to edit a text box for example. I can type a few words, then the cursor disappears while I am typing and the letter show up nine seconds later. Then it seems fine, until I make a mistake and hit the backspace key, which causes another long disappearance and lack of response. Moving photos around is slightly faster than under Vista, but still prone to long lags, even without intense disk activity.

I don’t know what’s going on. I really don’t want to give up on this. There has to be some way to speed this up.

The speed is somewhat comparable ot navagating these forums, which also seems to take a long time. The speed is very much the same for editing in Booksmart. The older versions were not like this at all!

 I even opened an old book that had 157 pages of lower-res images. I was using this to layout my photo book. It used to be very fast to move things around and make edits (v. 1.4…?) , but under 1.9.1 & 1.9.2, it crawls just like the books with higher resolution images.

Blurb, please fix this soon.

 Dan

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Nov 18, 2007 8:17pm PDT
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1.9.0-1.9.1 Just Plain Dies when adding a photo from computer
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After a little more testing I am wondering if this is more a Vista issue than anything. I installed v. 1.9.2 on a Virtual PC running Windows 2000 under the same Vista version and machine I’ve been using and the performance improved quite a bit. Then I tweaked the memory allocation for the Virtual Machine and it improved some more. It’s not perfect, but better. I may end up having to do it this way—will have to see if performance can be maintained after adding a few dozen images.

Dan

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Nov 16, 2007 5:56pm PDT
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1.9.0-1.9.1 Just Plain Dies when adding a photo from computer
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I’m not seeing much improvement with v. 1.9.2.

Text editing still lags, the program is unresponsive, even without heavy disk access. I can type ten or more letters before they appear when editing text., flipping pages, even text pages, in edit mode takes forever. This is with only 12-14 jpegs in the library on only 2 of them inserted into the book.

Sadly, it looks like I have to give up and go elsewhere to do this. It’s a shame, after I invested so much time into it. I really was looking forward to my Blurb book!

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Nov 16, 2007 3:56pm PDT
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:: Updated :: BookSmart 1.9.1 is now available
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I apologize for writing the above so quickly…. yes, it did help, but it’s still not up to top speed. Some things, like picking menu items, changing templates, changing backgrounds <del>- still have a big lag. It didn’t seem so when the program first opened, but it quickly slowed back down. Again, sorry -</del> I thought it was back to normal.

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Oct 25, 2007 7:18pm PDT
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1.9.0-1.9.1 Just Plain Dies when adding a photo from computer
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OK, hold on <del>—I wrote that too quickly. It did make a big improvement, but after working for about 5 minutes, things slowed down a bit again. It’s still much more responsive, but I’m still seeing big lag times when, say, moving from the cover photo to editing the cover flap text, zooming the cover photo, clicking a menu item -</del> such as to change a theme or background… and I do still only have nine images in this new version of the book.  Sorry.

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Oct 25, 2007 7:15pm PDT
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:: Updated :: BookSmart 1.9.1 is now available
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In the forum referenced above, Ben in Tech Support suggested removing the NativeSmart.dll file from Booksmart’s LIB. folder.  I did and when I started the program, it was back to top speed again.

 Dan

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Oct 25, 2007 7:02pm PDT
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1.9.0-1.9.1 Just Plain Dies when adding a photo from computer
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Thanks Ben! 

 Removing the NativeSmart.dll file fixed it for me. The program runs at top speed again. Yeah!

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Oct 25, 2007 7:00pm PDT
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:: Updated :: BookSmart 1.9.1 is now available
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Thanks, Jack,

I filled out a tec. support call a few hours ago. Hope they can fix this—the new layout options are great. It would be hard to step backwards after seeing them.

Dan

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Oct 23, 2007 5:32pm PDT
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:: Updated :: BookSmart 1.9.1 is now available
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I have already posted elsewhere, but 1.9.1 is still running very slowly. I’m running under Windows Vista Premium with lots of hdd space, defragged disks, 3+gb memory and with no other programs running with it, but even with a mere 6 or 7 photos so far in my photobook, every change or adjustment is excruciating. Just typing out a photo caption drags—the letters appear seven or eight seconds after I start typing.

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Oct 22, 2007 7:21pm PDT
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BookSmart for Linux?
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Another Linux (Ubuntu) user here. Would love if Booksmart would run on that platform. 

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Oct 18, 2007 9:00am PDT
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Windows Vista
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A followup—I tried CutePDF writer and was able to produce a pdf with Booksmart running under Vista.

Even though Acrobat (full version 7) runs on my system, it crashes with when I used Booksmart to print to the "Adobe PDF printer" even though other programs can do this. I think it’s a memory issue. I have plenty of RAM, but my book is huge, so there probably is still not enough to put both Booksmart AND Acrobat to work at the same time.  

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Aug 24, 2007 4:39pm PDT
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B&W printing tips...
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I also was thinking of doing a sepia. My friend’s wedding book had just one grayscale photo that I had given her as Adobe RGB and it looked very neutral. I’m thinking that a magenta / greenish cast across a range of sepia images would not be nearly as noticeable as variations across a collection of neutral grays, although I’d rather not make the sepia too saturated or severe.

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Aug 23, 2007 2:24pm PDT
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Windows Vista
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Another Vista user here. The only problem I am having so far is printing my book to Adobe PDF—Booksmart crashes and disappears as soon as the Print dialog box comes up. I want to use the pdf to print a low res. copy that I can proofread and use to note any desired changes before actually ordering my book.  Thanks!

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Aug 23, 2007 2:08pm PDT
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