v2.0 - blog book - software is EXTREMELY sluggish..
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
booksmart 2.0 text colour jumps to white all the time.
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
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
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