We’ve got some news for Adobe InDesign users that we’re really excited about – we just released the second generation of our Adobe® InDesign® Plug-in, aka the Blurb Book Creator. This next version of this plug-in leaves any book-making alternatives in the dust.
Here’s what we are so excited about:
- Book making with InDesign is now totally seamless with a completely new path for uploading files using the API, all within the InDesign application itself.
- Complete template generation of all Blurb’s print book trims including the new 8 1/2″ x 11″ trim size.
- A new ebook-specific template that is optimally dimensioned for viewing on the Apple iPad®. For the first time, you can design an ebook from scratch that is perfectly sized to make best use of the iPad’s screen.
- You can even create and upload any of your print editions as an ebook – right within the plug-in
Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like:
The new plug-in creates compliant PDF files behind the scenes, so you can upload the project with a click of the mouse, hit “upload”, and be on your way. No more trying to figure out how to export your PDFs, having to log into the website, entering in your specs, locating your files, and going through a (let’s be honest) less-than elegant uploading process. All this is now done for you, without you ever having to leave InDesign.
The other big news is ebook design. Never before have designers been able to use InDesign to produce beautiful fixed format ebooks which respect and preserve the layout and design of graphically rich books. Blurb customers can now choose to create an ebook from scratch or to upload an ebook version of an existing print book project. Blurb is doing the ebook conversion behind the scenes and then offering an ebook editor which allows you to optimize the display of the work inside what looks like an iPad.
Why did we do all this? Here’s a word from our founder and CEO, Eileen Gittins: “We’ve been hearing from our Adobe InDesign users that they want a straightforward way to design and create beautiful books for the iPad that respects their design decisions. So, we are truly delighted to respond with such a rich set of capabilities including the new plug-in for fixed format ebook creation, free online editing tools, plus the ability to sell ebooks for profit in the Blurb Bookstore.”
We’re pretty excited about the creativity that this new plug-in will enable. As Eileen notes, “We have seen the beautiful print books that these users have created using the first edition of Blurb’s InDesign plug-in and honestly, many of these books have been crazy spectacular. Putting these new ebook creation tools in the hands of such talented people – and then having a front row seat to see how they advance the art and design of ebooks – it doesn’t get much better than that.”
So don’t wait. Download our new plug-in and see for yourself how seamless the process of bookmaking, for print or ebook, can be.