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Page Layout, Left and Right Pages
BookSmart

Is it possible to create New Page Layouts with Left and Right configurations in exactly the same way as the built in Page Layouts work?

When I create a new layout based on a left hand page and then use it on the right hand page the margin will be incorrect. The only solution I can think of would be to create both a Left and Right Layout for each of my new Layouts.

Cheers,

Martin

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Oct 27, 2011 9:28pm PDT
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I've recieved someone else's book!!!!!
General Interest

Contact Technical support and they will sort out the problem with the wrong book. They will generally issue you with a new order ASAP.

 Cheers,

 Martin

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Dec 21, 2007 2:06am PDT
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Images and resolution help please. It does not compute properly.
Book Design and Imaging

What you are seeing in a lower resolution ‘preview mode’ in BookSmart. When you copy images into BookSmart, it will save your original high resolution image. BookSmart will also create a second low resolution image which is what you are seeing. BookSmart does this to speed up the endiing process as moving around such large image files would greatly slow down the editing process.

This is a common concern of customers, but their books always turn fine. When you upload your book to be published, BookSmart will use the high resolution images. So for the best resolution simply use 300 dpi and don’t worry too much about the grainy images you are seeing.

booksmart will resize you photos to 300×300dpi image for the download. It will also change the JPG quality to 9, which may greatly increase the compression ratio and reduce the size of you pictures depending on your original quality size.


For example I have a high resolutoin JPG picture (3504×2336) with quality 12 that is 5,613kb in size. If I drop this into a book smart image of  8.2×6.5 inches and then download the book. This picture will be resize to 300×300 to give a size of 2925×1950. The quality of the JPG will also change to 9, which will drop the file size to 807kb. Even with the quality of 9, the image is still a very high quality image as you should see when you receive you book.

This may explain why you have seen such are large reduction in the download size. It will also depend on what you photographs contain as some images will compress much more greatly than others, eg if you have a lot of sky or blocks of similar colour then your photos will compress greatly.


Cheers
Martin

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Dec 16, 2007 11:47pm PDT
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So if my jpgs look good on screen.....
Book Printing

What you are seeing in a lower resolution ‘preview mode’ in BookSmart. When you copy images into BookSmart, it will save your original high resolution image. BookSmart will also create a second low resolution image which is what you are seeing. BookSmart does this to speed up the endiing process as moving around such large image files would greatly slow down the editing process.
This is a common concern of customers, but their books always turn fine. When you upload your book to be published, BookSmart will use the high resolution images.

Cheers,
Martin

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Dec 8, 2007 3:20am PDT
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Printing proof
BookSmart

What you are seeing in a lower resolution ‘preview mode’ in BookSmart. When you copy images into BookSmart, it will save your original high resolution image. BookSmart will also create a second low resolution image which is what you are seeing. BookSmart does this to speed up the endiing process as moving around such large image files would greatly slow down the editing process.
This is a common concern of customers, but their books always turn fine. When you upload your book to be published, BookSmart will use the high resolution images. So for the best resolution simply use 300 dpi and don’t worry too much about the grainy images you are seeing.

Cheers,
Martin

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Dec 8, 2007 3:18am PDT
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Printing dark
BookSmart

Hi Michael,

I needed to adjust the 800 photos in my book and I did not wan to re-import them back into blurb. It would take a lot of work to import them and you would have to make any adjustments to zooming and positioning of each photo.

So I used the following method:

First make a full backup of your book, just in case you make any mistakes. Locate your book under the folders \BookSmartData\<name of book>. Easy way to create back up is to simply copy the entire folder (and sub folders) to another location on your hard disk (make sure you copy the folders, not just move them).

When you import photos into BookSmart your photos are copied into the sub folder Library under your book folder. They are also renamed as a long sequence of unique number/letters (called GUID) with the extension “.original”.

Simply rename the .original files to .JPG and then edit them in place. If you are running under Windows it is far easier to do this in a good old CMD window. Open the CMD window and goto that directory and use the command:

RENAME *.original *.JPG

You can now edit all your .JPG files as required.

When you have finished editing then rename all your JPG files back to .original

RENAME *.jpg *.original

When you import your images into BookSmart, it will also create low resolution images that are used in the editing and preview modes. These are the .ZOOM files in the library folder. You should now delete all this files. From CMD window;

DEL *.ZOOM

When you open your book in BookSmart, it will see that the ZOOM files don’t exist and will re-create them from the .ORIGINAL files. This will occur as you page through all your pages.

You should now have all your new updated JPG’s back into your book.

You may want to try this procedure on a test book first to make sure you know how it works. I suggest create a new book. Drop in 10 new photos and run through this procedure. When you edit the JPG, make big changes to the colours, so that it is very obvious that you have got the new photos.

The process is a little complex, but it will save you a massive amout of work over re-importing all your photos.

Cheers,

Martin

 

 

 

 

 

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Dec 8, 2007 3:11am PDT
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My first book...almost done...one question
Book Design and Imaging

Hi Tim,

Blurb books all have a final page that simply has the blurb logo on it. Also there must be an even number of pages, so an extra blank page has been inserted.

You can either use the 41 page to put on some photos and the book will be 42 pages long (but will cost you more to print). Or you can delete your page 40, so that it will become the blurb logo page, so you will have a total of 40 pages.

Cheers,

Martin

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Dec 8, 2007 1:22am PDT
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custom logo
Book Design and Imaging

You have to delete it in BookSmart and then upload your book again.

Cheers,

Martin

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Dec 7, 2007 2:27am PDT
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Memory Leak using BookSmart 1.92
BookSmart

Sounds like  you don’t have a lot of memory on your computer. BookSmart will use a lot of memory esp if you have a lot of photographs. My book is 160 pages with about 800 photographs and when it is fully loaded it takes up 600MB of RAM. This is not really a memory leak as BookSmart is just keeping all the photos in RAM for faster access.

I can see the memory usage go up as I scroll through all my pages, but it does not increase when I scroll back to pages I have already visited. So it not leaking memory, but it does use a lot of memory. So editing my book on your computer would most likelty run out of Virtual Memory and I would have to increase the Virtual Memory back to 1500MB.

You may also try the DISK tools to try to recover any lost disk space. Click on MyComputer, then right click on Local Disk (C:). First try the "Disk Cleanup" and see what that does. If that does not work then on that same Form click "Tools" and then "Error-checking" Check Now.

Cheers,

Martin

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Dec 6, 2007 3:36pm PDT
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Upgrade Debate Question
BookSmart

I agree with HairBear. Don’t upgrade unless you have having some problem with the current version that prevents you from completing your book. Upgrading will give you some new features (but no new templates as they are imbedded in your Book when it is first created). Once you have upgraded you cannot go back to the previous version of BookSmart as your BOOK file will be upgraded.

Whenever you upgrade I sugget you first makea full backup of your book along with the copy of BookSmart (Hopefully you saved the Internet download, as you can’t get it again). Then upgrade and check that your book works OK. If there is any problem you can uninstall the new version of BookSmart and re-install the old version along with the backup copy of your book. Any changes you have made in your book in the new version will have been lost.

But I highly recommend you don’t upgrade if you are close to finishing your book. 

Cheers,

Martin

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Dec 6, 2007 3:22pm PDT
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Copyright Question
General Interest

If you are going to have 1000 copied printed and sell them. I think you need to get permission for copyrights. If you are going to make one copy and give it to your wife for Christmas I think It comes under the category of ‘fair use’. It’s just like photo copying pages out of a book in a library. It’s OK so long as you don’t get carried away.

Cheers,

Martin

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Dec 6, 2007 2:24am PDT
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Memory Leak using BookSmart 1.92
BookSmart

Increasing Virtual Memory will decrease the amout of free disk space. What did you change it from? You could try setting the Virtual memory back to what it was before and see how much free disk space that is recovered.

Virtual Memory and disk space are two competeting resources. Maybe BookSmart was leaking RAM which gave you the "Virtual Memory is Low" error, however restarting BookSmart and certanly rebooting would solve that problem (until it runs out again). Increasing Virtual Memory will eat up your disk space which is where at least some of you disk space has gone. 

Cheers,

Martin

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Dec 6, 2007 2:17am PDT
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Picture quality in Booksmart?
BookSmart

ALSO TO BLURB SUPPORT.

I have lost count how many times I have answered this exact same question. Seems to be a very common trap for customers to fall into. You need to modify the Preview Mode to make it obvious that the images are shown in a low resolution mode. So how about modifying the text at the top of the page

From: "You Are in Preview Mode"

To: "You Are in Preview Mode. Images are displayed in low resolution in the mode while the full high resolution images are used when Publishing"

Or would also be good to have a mode in Preview Mode that would allow you to view the orignial High Resolution images. It would be a little slower (not much as I can get this effect by copying the hi-res image files over the top of the low res files anyway). This way customers can see the effect and switch it back to low res to speed up the display.

Cheers,

Martin

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Dec 5, 2007 4:05pm PDT
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Picture quality in Booksmart?
BookSmart

What you are seeing in a lower resolution ‘preview mode’ in BookSmart. When you copy images into BookSmart, it will save your original high resolution image. BookSmart will also create a second low resolution image which is what you are seeing. BookSmart does this to speed up the endiing process as moving around such large image files would greatly slow down the editing process.

This is a common concern of customers, but their books always turn fine. When you upload your book to be published, BookSmart will use the high resolution images. So don’t worry too much about the grainy images you are seeing.

Cheers,
Martin

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Dec 5, 2007 3:55pm PDT
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Photoshop images
BookSmart

What you are seeing in a lower resolution ‘preview mode’ in BookSmart. When you copy images into BookSmart, it will save your original high resolution image. BookSmart will also create a second low resolution image which is what you are seeing. BookSmart does this to speed up the endiing process as moving around such large image files would greatly slow down the editing process.

This is a common concern of customers, but their books always turn fine. When you upload your book to be published, BookSmart will use the high resolution images. So for the best resolution simply use 300 dpi and don’t worry too much about the grainy images you are seeing.

Cheers,
Martin

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Dec 5, 2007 2:53am PDT
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Page Numbering help
Tips and Tricks

Yes I have seen the footer/header put on the left rather than the right. BookSmart seems to get confused if the page is the left page or the right page.

I have found that you can fix this by adding a new page before the problem page. This will swap all following left pages to right pages etc, causing all the header/footers to switch sides. Then simply delete that new page and the headers/footers should switch back to the correct side.

Cheers,

Martin

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Dec 3, 2007 3:35pm PDT
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Leaving photo boxes empty
Book Design and Imaging

Yes it is OK to leave photo boxes empty. Have a look at the Preview mode to see what your page is going to look like.

Cheers

Martin

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Dec 3, 2007 2:06am PDT
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Image size
BookSmart

No, when you upload your book for printing, Book Smart will resample your photos to 300×300dpi. So it won’t make any difference.

Cheers,

Martin

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Dec 3, 2007 12:10am PDT
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Page Numbering help
Tips and Tricks

Page numbers will only be displayed if the layout had a footer and you have set that footer to display the page number.

Sounds like you are doing the correct thing with the footer and applying to all pages. There have been problems where BookSmart will not make changes to text, because for some reason it thinks your change is too small (this is a software bug). So it would not save your change.

You may be able to work around this by making a big change to the footer and then change it back. For example try setting your footer to "HORRIBLE BIG FOOTER TO FORCE CHANGE". Then apply this change to all pages. Now change the footer to your real footer, "Page #". Also make sure that the text colour is not the same as the background colour, or you won’t be able to see it.

Cheers,

Martin

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Dec 2, 2007 3:20am PDT
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Question about copyright page
BookSmart

That text is simply an ‘idea’ of what you can put on that page. You can put anything you like and even delete the entire page if you don’t want a copyright page.

The text is simply what you would normally see on a copyright page on a normal bookstore book. So if you want to make it look like a real book re-type in the text "Copyright 2007….’ and put your name in the required position. Have a look at any book you have and ‘copy’ the ‘copyright’ :-).

Cheers,

Martin

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Dec 2, 2007 3:10am PDT
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Scaling Artifacts in Soft Proof
BookSmart

What you are seeing in a lower resolution ‘preview mode’ in BookSmart. When you copy images into BookSmart, it will save your original high resolution image.

BookSmart will also create a second low resolution image which is what you are seeing. BookSmart does this to speed up the endiing process as moving around such large image files would greatly slow down the editing process.

This is a common concern of customers, but their books always turn fine. When you upload your book to be published, BookSmart will use the high resolution images. So don’t worry too much about the grainy images you are seeing.

Cheers,
Martin

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Dec 2, 2007 3:06am PDT
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Preview looks pixellated when zoomed in
Book Design and Imaging

What you are seeing in a lower resolution ‘preview mode’ in BookSmart. When you copy images into BookSmart, it will save your original high resolution image.

BookSmart will also create a second low resolution image which is what you are seeing. BookSmart does this to speed up the endiing process as moving around such large image files would greatly slow down the editing process.

This is a common concern of customers, but their books always turn fine. When you upload your book to be published, BookSmart will use the high resolution images. So don’t worry too much about the grainy images.

Cheers,
Martin

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Dec 2, 2007 3:03am PDT
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Book selling
Book Printing

Yes the default is to keep your book private. You have to select public after uploading to allow it to be seen in the book store.

Cheers,

Martin

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Nov 29, 2007 3:33pm PDT
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Empty Text boxes
Book Design and Imaging

No, the empty text boxes will not show up on the final cover. If you switch to Preview mode you will see how the cover will look like.

The PS text should be fine, so long as you make the image 300×300 dpi. Note that the preview image will show in lower resolution, so it may appear that the text is not the best. But when the cover is printed the 300×300dpi resolution is used.

Cheers

Martin

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Nov 28, 2007 9:18pm PDT
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windows vista and constantia font
Book Design and Imaging

Interesting question!  You may have to ask technical support to get an exact answer.

From what I understand when you upload a book. BookSmart will render the low resolution PDF that are used for the 15 page preview. So with those PDF’s you will get the Arial font rather than the Constantia font. BookSmart will upload your book and then re render the high resolution images used for the printing on their computers. I don’t think that the upload will include the fonts, so for this to work, they must have Constantia font installed. So I expect it should still work.

However I am not really sure about this, so it would be safer to use the laptop just to upload the book. The upload time will be more dependent on your connection to the internet than the computer speed. So if you laptop is connected to the same network it would be better to use the laptop.

Cheers,

Martin

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Nov 28, 2007 3:44am PDT
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