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eBooks - odd picture borders
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That’s the feeling I get too.

And I don’t think that seeing a page spread for the cover is very clever either. My eBook was on a Large Landscape book and it shows the cover on the right and a white space on the left. Surely an eBook should have nice cover presentation first before flipping into the page spreads.

I would also like to see the ability to create Chapters.

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Oct 19, 2011 6:50am PDT
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eBooks - odd picture borders
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After downloading my first eBook from a BookSmart design, I’ve noticed that on most pictures that have a border applied to them, I am seeing an ugly thin inner border that shouldn’t be there. Is anyone else getting this?

Could Blurb please let us know if this is an early glitch with their epub rendering.

Thanks,

Mark Green

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Oct 19, 2011 3:19am PDT
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BookSmart 2.5.1 Mac: CRASHES so much!!!
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Thank you. I just submitted one, so I shall be interested to hear any findings please.

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Oct 15, 2009 2:10pm PDT
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BookSmart 2.5.1 Mac: CRASHES so much!!!
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Is anyone experiencing repeated crashes like myself after upgrading to 2.5.1?

I was experiencing some in v 2.5.0 but the upgrade has increased the occurances for me. I’m using a fast PowerMac, but it slows terribly when using this software.

The crashes seem to occur most frequently when using scroll bars or nudging images in boxes using the arrow keys.

I would be grateful for any advice please as my experinces of quickly putting attractive wedding albums together has now turned into a very laborious task. Pity.

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Oct 15, 2009 12:59pm PDT
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Mac users: Snow Leopard update and patch
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I experienced some of the problems that other users have when trying to install the patch and I would like to just make this observation …

When the patch is running, there is no progress window open: it only shows the name of the patcher in the top left of your menu bar. It’s easy to miss that the patcher is running at all and you can launch BookSmart not realising that it’s still running. Only when it completes the scan of your system, and my external hard drives too as it happens, will you see the dialogue box asking you which BookSmart installation to patch.

On my second attempt at running the patch, now realising what was going on in the background and waiting for some time, did it all work and I’m pleased to see that all my extremely important wedding album designs are still there!

I hope this is useful. In a nutshell then, if you see the patcher listed in the top left of your menu bar; sit tight and wait for the dialogue box to appear before launching BookSmart.

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Aug 30, 2009 1:58am PDT
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Offline Previewing for Clients
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Thanks for the reply Lee.

It’s a tricky one which I hope would be addressed with a software update at some time in the future, even if it only to accelerate that PDF printing!

Mark

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Mar 4, 2009 9:25am PDT
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Offline Previewing for Clients
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Hi,

I’ll be using Booksmart principally for wedding albums [very well received as a new option for my 2009 packages].

Clients are asking if they can preview the album design in its entirety, not simply the first 15 pages on-line. I need to be able to show them their album completely before it’s uploaded.

Now, I’ve tried Print, but to a PDF file rather than my printer, and it takes an eternity! I’m looking at most albums being 130+ pages. So, without them sitting with me and looking at my monitor, which isn’t practical as many clients live a long distance away, what is the best solution please?

I shall look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Thank you,

Mark Green

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Mar 4, 2009 5:16am PDT
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Smaller Copies of Larger Books
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I’m a photographer who wants to use Blurb for wedding albums, as an alternative to Graphistudio who I have used for a few years with wonderful results; but, in these tighter economic times, Blurb may offer a good cost-effective alternative.
 
Now, I offer Parent & Pocket Book versions of my main wedding albums; they are great added-value items to an order. Printers, such as Italy’s Graphistudio, do these smaller sized copies as part of an order for the main album – no extra data has to be uploaded; you just add the smaller books to the order form.
 
It would be a great service if Blurb could offer this. Say the main album is a Large Format Landscape book and then parent copies could be ordered of the Standard Landscape book without having to upload new data.
 
Any plans to offer this, or does anyone know if the system already accommodates this request?
 
I look forward to your thoughts.
 
Here’s my first album; http://tinyurl.com/dyxo77.
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Feb 17, 2009 7:44am PDT
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