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Different font weights not available
BookSmart

Thanks James. I guess it has to do with how the font is packaged. I have Helvetica in different weights – and they show up correctly in Booksmart.  Maybe someone else has an idea?

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Jan 23, 2013 8:48am PDT
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Different font weights not available
BookSmart

I bought a font family (10 versions of Museo Sans) to use in a book but despite a reboot all I see in Booksmart is a single generic "Museo Sans" font. No mention of its weight. and no way to access, for example, the very thin version. Any thoughts on what to do?

[Booksmart 3.4.3 on Win7 64bit]

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Jan 23, 2013 8:06am PDT
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I just received my book and I'm soooo happy!
Book Printing

Another voice for that wow feeling of unwrapping something wonderful! My third book arrived today and it is stunning.  I went all out on this one – maximum size and premium lustre paper – and included what I’d learnt from my two previous books. Even though it was printed in Holland this is lovely and well worth the somewhat daunting price. Thanks!!

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Apr 4, 2011 10:25am PDT
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Image size - inches vs pixels
Book Design and Imaging

Got it! While you can ignore DPI altogether, it wouldn’t hurt to set the image to 300dpi.That’s the resolution used by the printers. But don’t worry about the inch value Photoshop produces. It doesn’t matter.

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Sep 10, 2007 12:30pm PDT
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Image size - inches vs pixels
Book Design and Imaging

I am guessing you see it as 2" square in a photo editing program? The problem is to do with how photo editing programs use DPI (dots per inch) when converting pixels to inches (cm, feet etc). When a program of this sort tells you the size in real world units like inches, what it’s actually  converting the number of pixels to inches by dividing by a DPI figure. The important thing for Blurb is that the DPI doesn’t matter (if you’re using the standard templates). A 2000 pixel image has the same resolution regardless of DPI. The DPI is only interesting if you want to specify a particular print size in inches/millimetres and know the exact DPI of the printer.

Using the Blurb templates and the rescaling function in Booksmart you don’t need to know anything about DPI. Just roughly follow the size recommendations in pixels that the template provides and you’ll be fine. It’s OK to go a bit under the recommended figure, but going over is just wasted storage space.

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Sep 8, 2007 11:49pm PDT
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First Book Arrived; It's Beautiful!
General Interest

That’s very encouraging – especially that it is stitched as well. I had put a 13×11 project in mothballs due to binding issues with the 10×8 version, but if 13×11 is different I’ll restart, once they solve the postal issue outside the USA.

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Sep 7, 2007 1:19am PDT
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Scanning Slides
Tips and Tricks

Keeping it a little off-topic, a reply for Winston. The behaviour you describe is neither normal nor necessary with a good scanner, such as the model you mention. Transparencies should scan pretty much as well as negs. I have a Nikon Coolscan V-ED and the if you look at my Flickr account you will not be able to tell which are scanned from neg and which are from transparency (though the tags reveal the answer). I’d suggest that something is probably wrong with the software settings you’re using. If you’re using Nikon Scan, then perhaps the highlight recovery function is adjusted way too high?

The important point is that a Nikon LS2000 should be able to get great scans from transparencies. 

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Aug 12, 2007 3:38pm PDT
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black versus white background
General Interest

No differences I could see in my book, but I didn’t do a proper experiment with the same image on different backgrounds.

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Aug 12, 2007 1:16am PDT
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You must be kidding
General Interest

A small point as Blurb makes moves to be more global – referring to something as domestic as a synonym for domestic to the USA is not good ettiquette. Rather than "domestic", say "in the States". "Domestic" is unclear in these circumstances. Small point, but it’s things like this that help to add community.

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Aug 9, 2007 1:44pm PDT
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Incorrect cropping and zooming in PDF preview
BookSmart

I’m seeing this problem too. I wonder if it’s in the PDF generation or the reader? I’m using the latest reader.

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Aug 9, 2007 7:35am PDT
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You must be kidding
General Interest

UPS (and other specialist freight/courier companies) are a pain for private consumers. You pay twice the cost, the goods arrive no faster than normal mail (unless you pay a super premium) and you have to be home to sign for the goods (which often results in me having to arrange leave stuff in the carport after UPS find no one home 2-3 times).

Give me normal mail every time. The tracking is a gimmick for the consumer and is only of interest to the seller to ensure that there is a way of resolving false claims of non-delivery.

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Aug 9, 2007 2:32am PDT
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