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BookSmart 2.0 patch released today, June 24, 2009
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I’m not on Snow Leaopard and version 1.9x is working just fine for me, thank you very much. I don’t have time to help you fix your 2.x patches. I’ve been through this way too many times with Blurb, in years past. Fixing it is your job. That is what part of the price I pay for my books is paying you to do. I don’t ask my customers to help me fix my recurring problems either. That’s my job, that is what I will spend time on. Bottom line: I cannot be the only Mac dude with this crash upon start problem. As I said, I’ll wait a few months and try the next patched version. Best until then!

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Sep 23, 2009 11:16am PDT
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BookSmart 2.0 patch released today, June 24, 2009
BookSmart

Just downloaded the latest, version of Booksmart, two point something. Crashes before fully opening. Yes, I restarted my MacBook Pro, didn’t help. Please patch the patched patch so it’s patched. I’ll check in again, in a few months. Until then, I plan to use my old 1.9.x, which I thankfully, I saved, because every time you update, I end up in some sort of trouble. So frustrating.

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Sep 17, 2009 7:08am PDT
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Problems viewing booksmart on Mac
BookSmart

Perhaps this will help?
http://www.xvsxp.com/interface/max_vs_zoom.php

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Feb 23, 2009 7:37am PDT
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I'm afraid to download the new Booksmart version.
BookSmart

Save a copy of your present BookSmart application. Follow these instructions:
http://blurb.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/blurb.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=141
If that fails, trash the upgraded BookSmart application, reinstall old one you saved, then repeat the instructions contained in the link above.

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Feb 7, 2009 4:14pm PDT
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I'm afraid of the new Booksmart version!
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Save a copy of your present BookSmart application. Follow these instructions:
http://blurb.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/blurb.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=141
If that fails, trash the upgraded BookSmart application, reinstall old one you saved, then repeat the instructions contained the link above.

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Feb 7, 2009 4:13pm PDT
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Blurb eBooks
General Interest

This is why I asked: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9127538

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Feb 7, 2009 7:22am PDT
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Blurb eBooks
General Interest

I’d love it if Blurb would add the possibility of creating and selling our books in the form of eBooks. Any chance of that, anytime soon? Thanks!

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Feb 7, 2009 7:17am PDT
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Custom Logo Page with Copyright Info (and more)
BookSmart

When you design your book, you can delete the copyright page, even if you do not select the custom logo option. If you do so, the only Blurb logo in your book will be a small one, at the bottom of the book’s last page. That’s what I do.

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Jan 28, 2009 3:02pm PDT
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anyone already make a 360 - 400 page large format book?
Tips and Tricks

I have made three books that size one of them containing the maximum 440 pages:

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/211710
http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/414410
http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/278023

I did get three copies that were not perfect but Blurb fixed that:
http://forums.blurb.com/forums/3/topics/3877

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Jan 21, 2009 10:43am PDT
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Text flowing from one page to another!
BookSmart

Thanks!!! Based on your monicker, I thought that perhaps you were also a native Czech, which is why in my first reply to you I addressed you with “Nazdar Chzechmane!” which is an equivalent to “Hi Czechman.”

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Jan 3, 2009 10:33am PDT
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Text flowing from one page to another!
BookSmart

I checked out Lulu, Shutterfly, Picaboo, iBooks, Mpix, Reedy, SnapFish, and MyPublisher before coming to the conclusion that Blurb offers the best quality for the price. And none of the other self publishers offer books up to 440 pages. Most of them top out at 100. If you find something better than Blurb, please do let me know!!! Not holding my breath.

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Jan 3, 2009 5:27am PDT
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Text flowing from one page to another!
BookSmart

Nazdar Czechmane! It’s a constant on “feature” without an off: “If your text runs longer than the box, it will flow through adjacent text containers starting with the one you selected until all text has been added.”
http://blurb.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/blurb.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=131

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Dec 31, 2008 6:00am PDT
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i really want to do it this year
BookSmart

Let me translate that into something a child can read:

“I’d really like to write children’s books but my laptop doesn’t have Windows. Will I be able to download the software? Also, how easy is it, once set up, to add pictures, etc.? Any advice, please?”

OK, so now that we have that out of the way, if you have an Intel based Apple laptop, the answer is yes. If not, and you have Linux, the answer is no.

In any case, before you start writing, perhaps you should read this: http://www.sfreading.com/resources/ghb.html

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Dec 26, 2008 5:57am PDT
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Mac OSx
BookSmart

Thanks Jeremy and bitingmidge, very helpful!

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Dec 2, 2008 11:36pm PDT
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Mac OSx
BookSmart

Thanks Brian. I would have already tried it via Parallels which I do have installed, but I only have Windows 2000 on my Mac for now, because it is the last edition of any Mac and Windows OS that can deal with one of my ancient, but most precious digital cameras. I’m not tempted to buy the latest Windows, unless someone here tells me that running BookSmart on a mac via Windows works better than natively.

Jeremy, anyone in-house ever try BookSmart, on a Mac, via Parallels or VMware?

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Dec 2, 2008 12:56am PDT
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Mac OSx
BookSmart

I have the oldest generation Macbook Pro, with 2GB ram. Although BookSmart becomes unbearably slow when dealing with hundreds of full bleed image pages, it has never crashed on me.

Anyone try running BookSmart on a Mac on Windows, via Parallels or VMware? I’m tempted!

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Dec 1, 2008 9:33am PDT
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Mac OSx
BookSmart

Did you try turning it off and removing the battery? Are you able to run Disk Utility and repair permissions?

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Nov 30, 2008 11:22pm PDT
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Can I email my layout to a client to approve before printing?
Tips and Tricks

Pleasure! :-)

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Nov 30, 2008 12:54pm PDT
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Blank Pages
Book Design and Imaging

Oh, if you want pages to be absolutely blank, make sure to remove the auto generated page number.

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Nov 30, 2008 1:06am PDT
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Can I email my layout to a client to approve before printing?
Tips and Tricks

http://blurb.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/blurb.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=186

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Nov 30, 2008 12:45am PDT
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Blank Pages
Book Design and Imaging

I have some blank pages in most of my Blurb books. You should have no problems with them.

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Nov 30, 2008 12:42am PDT
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Scientific Blurb book using LATEX
BookSmart

Convert the PDF files to JPEGs ( http://www.print-driver.com/howto/convert_pdf_to_jpeg.html ), number them in exactly the same order you wish to have the pages in the book. Import the JPEGs in to BookSmart, and and use BookSmart’s Autoflow option to automatically bring in the JPEGs, one per page, full bleed.

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Nov 25, 2008 6:33am PDT
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Converting from 8x10 to 11x13 book
Tips and Tricks

Yes Warren, I build each page in Photoshop and save them all as JPEGs, 300PPI, and equal in proportion to the largest size book I anticipate making. If you number the JPEGs as a sequence identical to the sequence of pages in your book, BookSmart’s Autoflow feature will very quickly place all your pages in exactly the order you planned.

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Nov 12, 2008 11:03am PDT
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Converting from 8x10 to 11x13 book
Tips and Tricks

My present solution to this problem is to prepare all of my pages as Photoshop image files, which I number in the order the pages will appear in the book. Then I simply Autoflow the images. I prepare the image files for the largest book I anticipate making, then scale down from there, need be. Doesn’t work for full page bleeds, of course. Imperfect, but better than starting from scratch, each time.

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Nov 11, 2008 9:00am PDT
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BookSmark won't quit in OS X
BookSmart

Force quitting is harsh and should be considered the last resort. It leaves a ton of loose ends, and possible conflicts. Launch Disk Utility, Disk Aid, Repair Disk Permissions. If that doesn’t help, try the free version of Cocktail, and clean things up by running Pilot. If none of that helps, delete and reinstall BookSmart. I give up if that doesn’t get you on track.

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Nov 10, 2008 2:15pm PDT
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