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Booksmart 2.5.1 SLOW
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A way of checking to see if it is indeed your internet security you can try turning it all off.  BUT disconnect from the internet before doing so. Then try opening again and see if Blrub is working.  It may or may not be, so it might be worth tracking back to see what other programs you have recently installed as this may have something to do with it as well.  Good luck, hope you can get it working.

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Nov 22, 2009 6:16pm PDT
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Booksmart 2.5.1 SLOW
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FIXED!  The problem seemed to be with internet security!  After checking things out Blurb now runs fast!

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Nov 22, 2009 3:45am PDT
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Booksmart 2.5.1 SLOW
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I don’t have iphoto and both my computers have 3GB RAM so I don’t think that is the issue.  Very annoying and it seems other people are hainvg the same problem as well.  Looks like I’ll have to be making books elsewhere

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Nov 2, 2009 7:28pm PDT
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How do I get the spine layout correct?
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When I come to make my cover for my 8×10inch landsacpe book softcover book how do I work out how to place the width for to get the spine exact?

 

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Oct 22, 2009 12:55am PDT
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Different Image DPI matter?
PDF to Book

I am creating some of my books via the page  layout program, Scribus.

Does it matter that the images in the book are of different DPI, so long as they are at least 150DPI?  I have been inserting the images into the program and then if I need to enlarge them I click on the "keep proportions" and then increase resolution to make the images larger, but therefore making their DPI value smaller.  So some images are say 300DPI, whilst others may be bigger than their native resolution and be 238.44DPI

Does this matter?

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Oct 16, 2009 11:48pm PDT
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Booksmart 2.5.1 SLOW
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That’s good news for you that it’s working fine, but doesn’t really help my situation.  I think I have an older verion somewhere so looks like I will have to go back to using that.  Not that I want to as I liked the idea of being able to move text around etc. 

 When I open the program it stalls and does so for around 3 minutes.  Everytime I try to open or close a document it freezes for 3-4 minutes and then closes.  Very frusturating.

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Oct 16, 2009 11:25pm PDT
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Booksmart 2.5.1 SLOW
BookSmart

I just dowloaded the latest version of Booksmart (2.5.1) and on 2 computers I am running it is unstable.

It take ages for anything to open and it just hangs.  Even creating a new document it hangs and then finally opens after about 5 minutes. 

 Has anyone else experienced such issues?  The older verions worked fine.

 

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Oct 15, 2009 4:46pm PDT
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Blurb logo and text
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I understand that if you want to remove the blue blurb logo in a book you can pay extra.  What I want to know, is one allowed to remove the text that appears in the intro saying:

 

"The Blurb-provided layout designs and graphic elements are copyright Blurb Inc., 2007. The book author retains sole copyright to his or her contributions to this book."

 

 

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Mar 31, 2009 5:43pm PDT
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Do you resize your photos in other software before using them in Blurb?
Book Design and Imaging

Thanks for your very infomative comments everyone.  So how about sharpneing then; do you find that shrinking the images in say Photoshop and then sharpening in Photoshop after the resize yeilds sharper results then simply dragging a high res image into blurb and the downsizing it there.  Doing it the latter way i feel you have no conrtol over sharpness as when you apply sharpness to an image that has already been sharpend.  Cheers

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May 15, 2008 10:52am PDT
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Do you resize your photos in other software before using them in Blurb?
Book Design and Imaging

Hello Everyone

 In my first book I made resized each and every image to the actual dimension sizes in which they were placed in the book.  So this meant resizing images to fit the pixel dimensions all at 300dpi and then I sharpened the images accodingly. 

I did this for 2 reasons.  One was to make my overal MB footprint smaller as I wouldn’t have to be using an original image that may only be going into a thumbnail size layout my book and 2 I felt I gained more control over sharpness quality as I could see the actual pixel size when I resized rather than if I was to put the original image into the book.

 Does anyone else do what I do?  I find it a lot more time consuming as you have to resize all images to suit the actual pages, but thought I would be gaining better Image Quality. 

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May 13, 2008 3:45pm PDT
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Ahhh....Booksmart wont open my 1 month work in progress!
BookSmart

Ahhhhh…after spening a month off and on making my first book I cannot open it!  I shut down the computer, restart it and open booksmart and to no avail as when I click on open project it will not open.  Its just so dissapointing as I was just adding in my text to images and then ready to send the book off…....all that hard work down the drain.

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Aug 29, 2007 10:57pm PDT
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If Images are printed as CMYK at printers why sRGB?
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Thanks for your help.  So even though I into Photoshop and go to IMAGE>MODE and see the RGB box is ticked are my images still in sRGB?, as when I right click on them in properties after being saved they do say the color space is sRGB.  And when I go to EDIT>PREFERENCES>COLOR SETTINGS, in Photoshop its says working space is sRGB.

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Aug 7, 2007 10:48pm PDT
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If Images are printed as CMYK at printers why sRGB?
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From my understanding photos are done on printers at Blurn using CMYK process.  Why then do they reccommend we save as sRGB format?  I have worked in print media and know that there will be colour shifts from sRGB to CMYK.  Or is this done manually at labs?

Thanks

 

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Aug 7, 2007 9:47pm PDT
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Is the zoom tool showing real life resolution?
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<h2 id="topic-title">When zooming all the way in on booksmart, is this a true indication of what the image will look like.  Looks to me when you go all the one in the images look somewaht soft and dont look representative of the image viewed at 100 per cent in a dedicated photo program like photoshop.  In photoshop the image is sharper and bigger.  Gets me thinking that the image on booksmart even zoomed all the way in is not a 100 per cent view  </h2>
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Aug 7, 2007 2:32am PDT
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Pixel Resolution
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When I scroll over the booksmart full page bleed it says that the ideal image size is 9.6inches x 8.2inches or not 2884×2471 pixels .  So I add these dimensons into the photoshop crop toolbar @ 300dpi and crop my image, but the image size is then only 2880×2460 pixels. Has Blurb got some mats wrong or am I doing something wrong?  I mean my images are massive in terms of pixel resolution, so thought it would be good to shrink them as Blurb shows how to do on its help section.  I just hope that this will not degrade the final image quality as I assume the images are going to have to be slighly upsized again now.

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Aug 7, 2007 2:23am PDT
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