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Updated: June 1, 2009 | New Blurb BookSmart® is here! Flexible container...
BookSmart

Awesome!!  I’m so glad we can alter the page layouts and save them!  Great work, Blurb! :)

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Jun 2, 2009 8:05pm PDT
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C'mon, any updates, guys?
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This is killing me!! After reading all of the neat ideas on that survey several months ago, I can’t stand the anticipation of what new goodies may be coming our way.  This has to be one of the longest waits without even so much as a teaser.  :)

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May 10, 2009 4:01pm PDT
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Yay for FEDEX!!
Ordering and Shipping

It’s been a while since I ordered a book from Blurb, as it was always UPS in the past.  I’m VERY pleased to see that my book is being shipped via FEDEX!  I love you even more, Blurb! :) 

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Mar 25, 2009 3:15pm PDT
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Thanks to Blurb production team
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Awesome!  It’s always important to remember that the thing that prompts most people to give reviews is when something is going wrong, so naturally these forums are going to be a bit biased toward the negative.  It’s like that with everything, not just Blurb. 

 Glad to see you, too, are satisfied with Blurb.  :)

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Mar 25, 2009 12:20am PDT
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??? dust jacket or image wrap ???
Book Design and Imaging

1 – I love having flaps

2 – Image quality is much nice with the dust-jacket.

 The rest is up to you.

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Mar 13, 2009 12:38am PDT
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How does Blurb.com compare to Lulu.com?
General Interest

I have also tried the photobook option at Lulu and was greatly disappointed.  Not only in the quality, but the fact they have such FEW options available.  Once I saw the options at Blurb I was sold… then I recieved my first copy and was even more impressed. 

 If you’re looking to produce photobooks, Blurb is the way to go.  If you’re mainly going to have text in your books, Lulu is the way to go.

 

Hope that helps.

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Mar 10, 2009 7:12pm PDT
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How Long Does It Take YOU to design a book?
Book Design and Imaging

Man, mine seem to take FOREVER.  It’s not so much the photographs that take the time, but figuring out a (somewhat) logical format to follow so the pictures make sense, plus the captions.  I process all of my pictures as soon as I get them home because I sell prints online, so that part is already done by the time I want to create a book.

 It’s also very difficult for me to decide which pictures to use and which ones to cut.  I just like them all! haha

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Dec 31, 2008 2:22pm PDT
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How do these look? Printscreens of my book so far...
Book Design and Imaging

Thank you for the advice, I’ll definately see how it looks with the changes.  What I’ve done with the multi-photo spreads is I actually use those same images individually within that corresponding chapter on their own page.  So that one of the six Blue Angels in the Delta formation has its own two-page spread later on.   Also, I’ve already replaced that one with another photo that better fits the square format.

 Taking and framing the photos is one thing, but the real challenging part for me is putting them together in a pleasing way.  So than you for your suggestions and reasons behind them.  :)

As for the frames, since I’m using the Booksmart layouts they do not allow for frames on those collage templates. 

Thanks again!

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Sep 25, 2008 4:19pm PDT
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How do these look? Printscreens of my book so far...
Book Design and Imaging

Wow, just a tad squasked, I’d say.    The actual pictures are 800 px wide by 686 high. If you right click, go to properties, then copy and paste the URL you’ll see their proper perspective.

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Sep 22, 2008 6:45pm PDT
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How do these look? Printscreens of my book so far...
Book Design and Imaging

Here are some quick screen captures of my book so far.  I was wondering if you had any suggestions as far as color settings go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sep 22, 2008 6:42pm PDT
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Recieved my First Book.
General Interest

Good luck!  Glad to hear you were pleased with the book overall.  And I know that feeling of catching mistakes after recieving a hardcopy. Just one of those things, I guess.  :)

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Aug 28, 2008 9:23pm PDT
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Calendars?
General Interest

Dang it, I meant 30×20 inch poster.

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Aug 28, 2008 9:22pm PDT
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Calendars?
General Interest

I have a huge storefront over at Zazzle.com and have ordered many products from them, including the large calendar, a 30-20 poster, some of their mugs, and other items.  Their quality is top-notch, and the calendars are beautifully created.

 

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Aug 28, 2008 9:22pm PDT
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Why is Blurb still using UPS?
Ordering and Shipping

Man, I hear ya.  I can’t stand UPS as other stuff I order always gets delayed, and the drivers go tearing wrecklessly on the private road I live on.  "What can brown do for me?"  Go bankrupt, or buy a calendar.  lol

 Anyway, since the printer is just down the road in Seattle, I’m pretty lucky not having to deal with slow deliveries from Blurb.

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Aug 28, 2008 9:05pm PDT
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Test drive the newest version of BookSmart
BookSmart

Any word on the patch, yet?  I’m getting really close to finalizing my current project and it would be nice to time that with an updated version to get rid of my warning flags regarding text overflow.  (That isn’t overflowing at all.)

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Aug 26, 2008 5:20pm PDT
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Test drive the newest version of BookSmart
BookSmart

The only issue I had with the new version is a few overflow warnings due to a change in text box size.  Other than that, I’m really satisfied with my experience thus far.  I LOVE the new text related changes, especially full justification. 

 I had a 120 page photobook saved in 1.9.5 and the conversion to 1.9.6 didn’t effect any of the photos or layouts.  Again, there were four pages that had overflow issues, but those were right on the edge of text box in 1.9.5 anyway.

 The system runs fast and smooth on my machine at this time.

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Aug 21, 2008 6:45pm PDT
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Book Series / Anthology....
Book Design and Imaging

Thank you, Amelia and Jack, for the advice!  I think I’ll do just that. 

 Desaster avoided!

:)

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Aug 14, 2008 5:07pm PDT
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Book Series / Anthology....
Book Design and Imaging

Thank you, Lee!

 I’m not really worried about the maximum number of pages.  I’m more worried about turning customers away by offering a $70 book.  Personally, I would never pay that much for a book.  And I know very few people would.  That’s why I’m targeting the smaller, 120-160 page range.

 As for not being able to import pages from book to book…. humm… that certainly is a problem, isn’t it?  Perhaps that will be in a future release of BookSmart.  (not counting on it.)  Before I get to that point I’ll have to finish up at least three other books. 

*Brainstorm begins* 

If push comes to shove I’ll just write the finale first, then produce the individual parts afterward by deleting sections and "save copy as" as I go along.  Which, actually, now that I think about it, may not be a bad idea afterall. 

If that doesn’t work for some reason, I could still produce the final compilation first.  That way I could use my proof copy to sort of advertise the other sections when I go around from business to business, allowing them to pick and choose.

*brainstorm over*

Thanks again, Lee!

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Aug 14, 2008 2:32am PDT
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Book Series / Anthology....
Book Design and Imaging

I’m in the process of creating a photobook (or perhaps multiple) right now that is, obviously, aviation themed.  The problem is, it’s getting really high in the page count.  (145 right now and there is no end in sight!)  A number of local aviation busniess have shown interest in the book that I have public right now, which was originally created only as a sample to see how well the printers were with my photographs.  Needless to say I was extremely pleased, and so was everyone I showed it to!  They wanted them NOW!  But as this was early spring of this year, I had a number of aviation events to attend that could double my the number of pictures I wanted to include. 

 Anyway, what I’m thinking is to create several smaller books.  Perhaps 60 pages each, for different catagories.  For example I’d have one book dedicated to military aircraft, another to airliners, and yet another to general aviation (privately owned and operated aircraft).  Then combine them when I’m all done into one large book that includes everything from the smaller ones.  Each book would then become its own chapter.  One reason I thought this would work was I could advertise each individual book to fit whatever business is interested in selling them for me.  For example, put the book with all of the privately owned, every day aircraft in the office of a family run flight school.  Then one with aerobatics and airshow photos in an flight school that hosts monthly meetings of local aerobatic and airshow pilots.

Have any of you done anything like this?  And do you think I am just shooting myself in the foot as far as workload is concerned?

Thanks for your input and advice!

 Jason

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Aug 13, 2008 11:35pm PDT
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Next Release of BookSmart: Some Suggestions Part I
BookSmart

Great ideas, everyone!  My highest vote is for fully justified text.  That feature still irritates me.  I like nice, even edges.

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Jul 28, 2008 10:01pm PDT
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Authors, photographers, journalists: Is the line blurring between amateu...
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Are the lines between amateurs and professionals being blurred?  I don’t think so.  As others havementioned, there are several charactaristics that help define whether someone is a prefessional or not.   Those include quality of work, income, and personality traits.  It has been this way for a very long time.  The only difference is there is more competition at every level.  Services such as those offered by Blurb merely showcase the tallents (or lack of tallent) of its members.  As a result this infinitely expanding showcase demands a much higher level of skill in order tfor one to be successful.

  I consider myself a professional photographer as I have clients (however few) come to me with requests and expectations that I am able to meet consistantly.  I have not been published yet, nor do I earn enough to quit my day job.  But it is a good suppliment.  I also sell quite a good deal of prints and other items featuring my photographs.  When it comes to my niche (aviation photography) I’ve read all the books, asked all the questions, and have acquired a good bag of equipment to get the results both my customers and myself require.  I also know how to operate all of my equipment like the back of my hand and have set "formulas" to get the exact picture I (or a client) desire.

 But in the end I can proclaim myself as a professional until I’m blue in the face.  The matter of the fact comes down to those who purchase what I have to offer, either as a service or physical goods.  And that is the way the business has been from day one.  We just have a larger showcase now.

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Jul 2, 2008 12:37pm PDT
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Coming soon: the next version of BookSmart
BookSmart

The anticipation is building…

 Can we at least get a reasonable unit of measure?? :D

 Days?  Weeks?  Months?

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Mar 24, 2008 4:53pm PDT
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less than 24 hour shipping!
Ordering and Shipping

I was really excited about ordering my first (sample) book to see the quality of Blurbs printing so I opted to spend a little more money for 2nd day air only to realize that the printer is located in SEATTLE.  I live basically in Seattle!  I shoulda’ just gone down there and picked it up myself! lol  But I’m lazy and wouldn’t have done that ‘till the weekend anyway.

 Anyway, it was sent out yesterday at 7:30PM and arrived today at 3:00 PM 

Thanks Blurb for placing your printers in Seattle.  That makes me a very happy person.

 Oh yeah, and the quality absolutly ROCKS

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Mar 12, 2008 5:40pm PDT
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