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v2.0 - blog book - software is EXTREMELY sluggish..
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V.2.0 has been extremely sluggish for me as well. 

I have not been generating any scale images mentioned by Staff above, yet I am experiencing about 2 seconds delay every time I move a mouse.  This is a V.2.0.0 problem.

I have been experiencing several different problems with the newest version: white/blank color  in drop-down box for font and background colors, not being able to grab text, Blurb crashing on me all together and already mentioned the terrible sluggishness (something like 2 seconds delay in response at a time) in addition to it all.  I described some of these problems in greater detail in a different blog.

The sluggishness/delay in response is a serious problem.  I am not able to align pictures on pages properly, even a simple task of enlarging a book on a computer screen is a problem.  Blurb is not workable in this condition.  I cannot move pictures, align them properly, etc.

I opened a ticket with Blurb IT on June 4th and compared the problem to a TV remote when one tries to change a channel by pressing a "next" button.  You press it and there is no action, so you press it and press it again only to realize moments later that you are 5 channels too far ahead now.  With a remote one can at least count number of clickings on a button, with dragging of a computer mouse it is impossible.

The problem has not existed in the past, it is very evident that it relates to the newest version 2.0.0.  I keep only one application, Blurb, opened to ease off for the sake of it working (something I have not been doing in the previous versions, I kept several apps opened at the same time) but it doesn’t improve anything, it slugs and crashes.  I provided all the spects of my notebook to the IT already, it’s not the problem. 

I hope the solution will arrive soon.  Even more so, I hope that going forward Blurb will test, retest and test again any new versions prior to their releases. 

Best regards, Klare

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Jun 8, 2009 8:07pm PDT
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booksmart 2.0 text colour jumps to white all the time.
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Hello,

I am experiencing the same problem as FragZ does.  The drop-down box for colors (both background and fonts) appears for the first time I want to use it after opening a Blurb book but any subsequent time I want to use it, the drop-down box shows entirely white, there is no display of any color whatsoever.  Colors are basically unworkable.

I noticed that there is a separate blog about a substantial delay in responsiveness 2.0.0 version has.  I have been experiencing the same problem, a big delay.  I move a cursor and there is no response until even 2 seconds later.  This eliminates any possibility of having one picture spread between two pages and properly aligned.  Even shifting a picture within one page is very troublesome.

I also have been having problems with "grabbing" text (highlighing all text) to be able to change it to a different font. I cannot deal with it and I left it until solutions arrive. 

I also have been experiencing Blurb crashing on me. Despite using Blurb since January 2008, this is the very first time a new version simply crashes.

I opened a ticket with Blurb IT on June 4 and I have been waiting for solutions.  I was informed that the problems may be caused by the fact that I have been working on books in 2.0.0 version, books which I started working on in the prior version.  To test it, I opened a brand new book.  I did not even type a word and I have not downloaded any pictures yet,  but I went to change the background color, I was able to do so for the first time and when I went to change the background color for the second time, the drop-down box appeared totally white and moments later Blurb crashed on me. 

Until the solutions are provided, my Blurb 2.0.0 is not workable.  I am somewhat disappointed that a new version, still with many bugs, was released.  I hope Blurb provides workable solutions shortly.

Best regards, Klare

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Jun 8, 2009 7:17pm PDT
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Video: Check out the latest features in BookSmart 1.9.7
Tips and Tricks

I downloaded the newest version of Blurb’s software and I noticed that the colour format for the fonts (and for the background) have changed.  Unless I don’t know how to properly navigate it, it is substantially worse from what it was.  The old one was good ("if not broken, don’t fix it"). 

What I am trying to find is the "old second and third tabs" withing the font and background colour schemes where I could see one colour’s shades spread wide and high in a square box – this way I could easily navigate in the shades of one colour and through vertical bar next to the square change it to a next hint/hue.  Now, I see only one square box with all possible colours squized in it and next to it is a thin bar, nothing more.  How can I get that "2nd and 3rd old colour tabs"?  I need these, otherwise I feel that Blurb has given me in its 1.9.7 version kindergarden crayons to colour with, taking away my oil paints.  (Note: I do not have the Adobe Photoshop).

Thank you in advance for your response.  Regards, Klare

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Sep 7, 2008 5:18pm PDT
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Photo as a background (wallpaper) to another photo
Book Design and Imaging

I would like to use a photo (one of my photos) as a background/wallpaper to another photo. 

I researched the bacground options but I only noted colours and some standard graphics being offered.  Is there a way to use my own photos as a background to other photos?  If so, how should I proceed?

Best regards, Klare

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Aug 7, 2008 8:23am PDT
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