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Are Blurb's B3 ICC profile and the current ICC profile the same?
Book Design and Imaging

I made a book last year with the B3 ICC profile, so I have that installed on my computer. Since Blurb has done away with B3 and now offers a color profile to everyone, is the one I already have the same?

I did try to download the new one and am having a lot of trouble. I have Snow Leopard and already had problems downloading the new BookSmart. I finally was able to download it through Safari, but not Firefox. The older BookSmart I had on my computer simply would not load, and from what I read on the forums, Snow Leopard was probably the problem, and am wondering if this is the case with the ICC profile. I am unable to download it with either browser.

Also, it was my understanding last year when I made my book that the B3 profile was only compatible with the pages, but not the cover. Is this still the case?

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Jun 4, 2010 1:52pm PDT
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bug in new version?
BookSmart

Whew! I just found the answer to my question in another topic:
http://forums.blurb.com/forums/1/topics/3977?page=1#posts-17893

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Mar 20, 2009 8:03am PDT
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Second request for help.....
BookSmart

Wow—thanks for that answer Regina! I just had the same thing happen and could not figure out how to get the images back in the Page Navigator at the bottom. I did exactly what you said and got them back.

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Mar 20, 2009 8:00am PDT
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bug in new version?
BookSmart

I think that I have the same problem. The photos in the thumbnails at the bottom of the screen have suddenly disappeared. Everything else is there and functional, but the images do not show up. I checked to see if I checked or unchecked anything in the View menu, but can’t find anything. I also closed and restarted the software a couple of times and nothing changes.

I home someone from Blurb or a user is reading this, and can give me an answer, because I can’t wait for tech support to answer this glitch. I will try restarting my computer to see if that helps, but if not I am completely stumped.

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Mar 20, 2009 7:47am PDT
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Copy and Paste Trouble
BookSmart

I am having trouble with copy and paste too in the latest version of Booksmart (1.9.9)

I watched the “Tips and Tricks” video and it shows how to easily copy and paste the same 2 page blank layout over and over again. The left side has a text box and the right just has a picture layout.

I cannot get it to work at all like the video shows. The picture layout will jump to the left side or vice versa, or something else goofy.. With much frustrating clicking and dragging I am able to finally get the blank layouts in the correct order, but not at all with the ease that the video shows.

I am wondering what is it that I am not getting?

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Mar 18, 2009 2:10pm PDT
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Cover Color
Book Printing

I have my book with all black and white images almost ready to upload.  I used the Indigo 5000 profile and hoping for the best (that the b&w images won’t have a color cast.)  However, it occured to me last night that I have that same profile in my cover image too, and I know that  the covers are NOT printed on the Indigo printer, but will be done on one of two different printers. 

So my question is what should I do about the cover? Should I redo the cover photo in Photoshop and take out the Indigo 5000 profile or should I leave it in.?  Either way, it’s a crap shoot on how it will look.   Which way is least likely to cause a problem?

I have seen it mentioned by posters on the forum that  it would be very nice if there was a separate pro service option available on Blurb.  I think many of us would be willing to pay extra if we didn’t have to worry about things like this.

 Barbara

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Mar 13, 2008 7:35am PDT
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Exporting book to a different computer
BookSmart

I did do Export/Import with the book on to a different computer last night and every thing worked just fine.

The Blurb staffer that answered by email also asked me to send a link to the page that gave the old eroneous information, which I did.  I really hope that Blub goes through the language on  ALL of their Help topic. 

When I made my first book last year, I went to the Help topics frequently and usually found them less than helpful.  They are very sketchy, and in this case, completely misleading.  I had to email Tech Support a lot in those days to clarify things (the forums didn’t exist them.)  To their credit, they were usually prompt and helpful.  

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Mar 5, 2008 9:42am PDT
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Exporting book to a different computer
BookSmart

I did send an email to Tech Support and received a prompt reply saying that the Help file I cited was an old one that was no longer valid.  He said that I should use Export/Import. 

Barbara

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Mar 4, 2008 3:40pm PDT
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Exporting book to a different computer
BookSmart

Thanks Tony.   I am pretty sure that I did that too last year. 

However, I won’t  be moving back to the other computer for two more days.  I hoped to work on my book some more before then and I would really like to know why Help states that you should only use Export/Import if you are done working on the file. 

I really hope that someone from Blurb staff comments here on that.  If not I will send an email to tech support tp ask, though that can take a while.

Barbara

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Mar 3, 2008 7:42am PDT
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Exporting book to a different computer
BookSmart

I started my book on my computer in one location and want to continue working on it at another.  I have Booksmart installed on both.  I did this a year ago with my last book and I think I used Export/Import.  However, I am a bit confused by these instructions in Help:

"If you are transferring your books to a new computer, you can either export and import a file or manually move the whole file. Exporting/importing is only recommended when you have no further changes to make to your book."

"Copy the BookSmartData folder to the My Documents folder on your new computer (using a CD-ROM or Flash drive, or over a network), overwriting the existing BookSmartData folder on your new computer. PLEASE NOTE: This will delete any books you have created on the new machine."

 The instructions seem to be telling me that I shouldn’t use export/import in I’m going to be making furtther changes to my book (which I am) but that if I manually move the file, I will wipe out all of the books on the other computer. 

I’m confused.

 

 

 

 

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Mar 2, 2008 9:26pm PDT
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Black and white printing help
Book Printing

Regarding sharpening;  both scanned and digital camera files will be soft and require some sharpening.  The confusion may be in some of the default sharpening that may be preset in  digital cameras for jpegs, Adobe Camera Raw  preferences,  or in the scanning software. 

You should be able to clear out the sharpening presets and totally control the sharpening in Photoshop.  Though Camera Raw in Photoshop CS3 has much greater control of sharpening than earlier versions and should be investigated too.  For more than you ever wanted to know about sharpening, the late Bruce Frasier literaly wrote the book about it.  It is called Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop CS2.

That said, I don’t believe that sharpening values are anywhere near the problem that getting the correct profile for printing black and white images images without a color cast on Blurb is.   I am nowhere near the production phase of the black and white book yet,  but I too am very worried about it after the magenta images i had in my mostly color last book. 

Chdant,  you may want to also check the forums on Dpreview and Flickr on this. Their are many topics on Blurb, profiles, etc.  

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Dec 14, 2007 8:11am PDT
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Black and white printing help
Book Printing

Thanks Bruce.  At least I will know a lot more about reproducing color then when I did my first book.

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Dec 6, 2007 5:17pm PDT
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Black and white printing help
Book Printing

So I guess that means that their is no such thing as a profile for the printer of the dustjackets. 

When I do my next book, I would be very hesitant to do a harcover then because I never thought the dustcovers successfully reproduced the color in the way that the book pages did.  It was pretty frustrating because the pages of the books themselves looked so good.  I guess I will stick with the softcover.

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Dec 5, 2007 8:54pm PDT
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Black and white printing help
Book Printing

Thanks for the info Bruce. 

What about the dust jackets? When I did my book, I ordered quite a few softcovers, but, but only a couple of hardcovers.  I never was satisfied with the color on the dustjacket.  The color was really off, and didn’t look anything like the inside pages.  I believe i was told that a different press was used for the covers.  Is that still the case?

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Dec 3, 2007 8:38am PDT
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Black and white printing help
Book Printing

By the way, I did successfully download the Indigo HP 5000 semimatte profile, but am wondering if this applies only to hardcover or to softcover as well.

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Dec 2, 2007 1:26pm PDT
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Black and white printing help
Book Printing

I haven’t done a Blurb book since the one I posted about in August where I had a problem with one B&W image printing magenta.  I have clicked on the links mentioned, but I am now contempating doing a book which will consist of all black and white photos, so I want to make sure I have the very latest info on profiles, etc. 

I seem to remember from the time that I printed my book (11/06-2/07) that the softcover books were done on a different press than the hardcovers and that the dust jackets were done on yet a different press.  Is this still the case?  If so, where is the best place to find the profiles for the different presses?

Thanks  

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Dec 2, 2007 12:44pm PDT
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Black and white printing help
Book Printing

I too have had problems with a black and white image printing magenta in my Blurb book.  What is interesting is that the old black and white family photos that scanned printed just fine.  While the black and whiite print of my own that I scanned was magenta.  I’m guessing that the old prints looked fine because they had a slight sepia cast. 

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Aug 6, 2007 12:12pm PDT
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