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Release 1.9 - Printing Proof to PDF
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Try printing out in small batches. You can select the page ranges in the print dialog box e.g. pages 1 to 10, then after that pages 11 to 20 etc. Then using Adobe Acrobat, combine all your many PDFs into one PDF.

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Nov 1, 2007 7:04am PDT
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Does print to PDF work?
BookSmart

It worked for me, however my book was only 40 pages long, and the smallest size at that (7"x7"). It took forever to print, and I thought it hanged, but since I read previous comments here on the forum about how long it takes to print to PDF, I was expecting it. So I went to have dinner, and when I got back it was done.

You might want to try printing a few pages to PDF first—just select the range of pages in the print dialog box. And if that works for you, print it out in small batches (maybe pages of 10) then combine into one PDF using Adobe Acrobat (if you have it). 

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Oct 30, 2007 3:57am PDT
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Turning pages into .jpg's
Tips and Tricks

Printing to PDF from Booksmart was the very first option I tried. However, the pages had a watermark on them, just like when printing out to your local printer. Also, it was difficult to set the proper page size, so the resulting PDF had a lot of unwanted white space around the pages, which didn’t look very nice. In the end, capturing screenshots was the only thing that worked to my satisfaction. But to be fair, I only had 40 pages on my book, and I have a widescreen monitor (ideal for spreads) so I did the Printscreen-CTRL-V routine only 20 times. I guess anything above that would really be cumbersome. However, in the end I got a really nice PDF with the highest JPG output settings, and it had better screen resolution (no pixelation of pictures) than the preview PDF provided by Blurb.

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Oct 30, 2007 3:34am PDT
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Turning pages into .jpg's
Tips and Tricks

Or you can probably scan the printed book :)

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Oct 29, 2007 10:13pm PDT
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Turning pages into .jpg's
Tips and Tricks

On Booksmart, go into preview mode. Slide the zoom to the biggest magnification possible where you can see one whole page onscreen, and take a screenshot using PrintScreen. To maximize your preview area, you can hide the thumbnail pane at the bottom of Booksmart.

Then paste the screenshot into your photo editing software and export to JPG. If your software has layers (like Photoshop), then it’s much easier because pasting each screenshot will result as a layer. When all the pages are pasted in, crop the edges of the whole image file to just the page size. Then use Scripts > Export Layers as Files and select JPG. It will automatically export all the layers for you as JPG files (or PDFs if you wish). From here you can even compile the JPGs (or PDFs) into Acrobat and create one PDF.

 This method works better for large monitors set to high viewing resolutions, so you get more pixels in your screenshots. :)

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Oct 29, 2007 10:12pm PDT
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Text moving around in columns
BookSmart

I did all my typing and text formatting in Microsoft Word. Then I cut and paste in into the proper columns in Booksmart. It’s so much easier and faster that way and you don’t lose any text when it crashes. It also retains all the formatting too, including font, size and color. :) You might want to check out my book preview, it’s very text-heavy and I had a lot of problems with text moving around in columns and text shifting to the next page, but I got the hang of it. I also did the same thing as Lee—deleting and adding fresh pages worked for me! :)

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Oct 27, 2007 2:56am PDT
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Re: The "upgrade". Shall I list my gripes in alphabetical order?
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There’s yet another new version that was released on Oct 19. It’s version 1.9.1 and contains some patches and bug fixes for 1.9. After I installed this latest version, Booksmart’s hardly crashed on my computer since. :)

Here’s the forum post with the announcement:

http://forums.blurb.com/forums/3/topics/894

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Oct 24, 2007 4:30pm PDT
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copy and paste bug?
BookSmart

On Booksmart 1.9.1, when I paste text into a blank text page, it comes out fine. However, when I paste it into a template that already has text (like a recipe template), nothing comes out. I think it’s because the template text is pre-formatted as non-printable text. So what I did was to delete everything in the text box first (Select all and delete), then paste my text. It worked ok after that. :)

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Oct 24, 2007 4:18pm PDT
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Turning off "autosave"
BookSmart

Here’s a workaround:

Use "Save A Copy". When you hit a point when you’re satisfied with the way your book is going, save a copy. Before you experiment on a new layout, or try out a new theme, save the good copy first as a backup. I save mine in stages—Chapter 1, Halfway Through, Three-Fourths, Almost Done etc. so if I don’t like the way a new layout looks, I can just trash that and open a previously saved version.

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Oct 22, 2007 8:42pm PDT
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1.9.0-1.9.1 Just Plain Dies when adding a photo from computer
BookSmart

I had that problem when importing certain images. Booksmart 1.9 would crash continuously and I didn’t know what was causing it. Finally I created a new book, and imported the images one by one (not as a batch). Yes, it was extremely painful and tedious, but I was able to isolate the particular image that was causing the crash. My guess is that it was a corrupted image file. I deleted that photo file, relaunched Booksmart and continued to import the other photos with no problem. It crashed again when it encountered another corrupt image. Out of 100 photos, I found 4 that were bad, so I just put those in a separate folder and didn’t use them. After isolating the "bad" photos, my Booksmart didn’t crash anymore—well actually it still did, due to multiple undos, but after I installed 1.9.1 it worked perfectly after that.

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Oct 22, 2007 8:31pm PDT
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.psd -how to convert to jpeg
Book Design and Imaging

What’s the best method to use when exporting to JPG from Photoshop? Is it the "Save As…" command or the "Save for Web…"? There are several options but would like to know, from the professional photographers out there, which method produces the highest quality JPG with the least image loss.

When using "Save As…" do you select 12 for Maximum, and which one do you choose: Baseline Standard, Baseline Optimized or Progressive? When using "Save for Web…" do you also choose Maximum setting (Quality 100) and do you select the checkboxes for Progressive, Optimized and ICC Profile (what’s that?).

 And one last question—when is it better to save as PNG or as JPG? Which one gives better lossless results? Thank you!! :)

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Oct 22, 2007 8:21pm PDT
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