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Updated April 5, 2011

Want to back-up your BookSmart book files, share an in-progress book with an editor, collaborator, or even your pet? Just kidding about that last part. Exporting your book creates a single file that can easily be burned to a CD, copied to a new computer, or passed to a friend that has BookSmart installed as well. Here’s how:

1. Open your book in Blurb BookSmart®

2. From the File menu, select Export>Export Book Project

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3. A window will appear next. Choose where you’d like to save your book on your computer and click “Export.” This will create a file with a .bookexport extension.

4. This .bookexport file is a self-contained book including all images and text. Burn this to a CD as an archive, transfer to a different computer via a CD, DVD, or a USB drive, or send it to someone via a file transfer service such as (A co-author or friend who has BookSmart can then take this .bookexport file and make revisions to the book much in the same way you would with a Word or PowerPoint document).

5. The final step is opening the exported book in BookSmart. First, start up BookSmart. If a book is already open, select Import>Import Book Project from the File Menu. If no book is open and you’re on the Welcome Screen, click “More Options” and then “Import a book.” Now navigate to your .bookexport file, select it, and click “Import.” This will open your book project in BookSmart

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That should do it.

What else are people doing with their book exports? Tell us.

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  1. Someone sent me this excellent way of backing up all Blurb books, on a Mac:
    Locate the BookSmartData folder which can be found in your user folder (typically labeled with your name and identified by a small house icon). Open the “Library Folder,” then the “Application Support” folder. This folder contains another folder named “BookSmartData.” Make a copy of the BookSmartData folder to back-up your books. Note: Do not move this folder, as BookSmart won’t be able to open your books.

      May 18, 2007 – 5:56 am   Permalink
  2. Related to backing up files, I’d encourage Blurb users to write to and encourage them to enhance the installation process so we have the choice of drive on which to install the software. Right now it is only C: and I can’t remember the last time I did a software install, large or small, that didn’t give a choice of drive.

    I’ve written to tech support about this and the reply is that they are thinking about it. Hearing from others may make the difference. I hope they’ve designed the template software so that adding such a feature would be trivial to program, perhaps involving just a Registry setting in Windows.

      May 18, 2007 – 6:38 am   Permalink
  3. This feature is GREAT. For anyone who can’t imagine a situation where this would be handy, I worked with my wedding photographer to put together a photo album for our wedding. I’m a graphic designer, so naturally I wanted to design the book. However, the high-res versions of all our wedding photos were kinda off limits to me (until I purchased them). So I ended up designing the book with “FPO” photos, then sending it to the photographer to replace them with the full-sized versions.

    In this situation, I was on a Mac, and she was on a PC — so the BookSmartData transfer way wouldn’t have worked.


    By Jane Madsen
      May 18, 2007 – 6:58 am   Permalink
  4. Hi Roscoe – Your suggestion is definitely on our list of BookSmart improvements. I can’t give you a timeline of when we’ll get to it (you should see our list!), but we will be looking at it soon. Thanks!

    By Kathy
      May 20, 2007 – 6:50 am   Permalink
  5. I’d like to add to Roscoe’s comment. I’d also like to be able to build the library on an external drive. Much like iphoto or Aperture let’s you choose where to store the files created. This would free up space on my laptop for processing the books.


    By Tanya
      October 1, 2007 – 1:01 am   Permalink
  6. Ditto. I found it strange that I could not assign where the application was going to reside… AND…. where my book projects were going to reside. Anyone truely managing their system doesn’t put everything on their C drive. I would much prefer to pick and choose where files and folders where going to reside.

    By Don
      December 13, 2007 – 11:44 am   Permalink
  7. For Mac users, there is an easy workaround to change the location of your book project data. You can put your BookSmartData folder wherever you want in your file system and create a symbolic link named “BookSmartData” under (your home)/Library/Application Support/ folder. This works for me so far.

    By Qiaobing
      December 16, 2007 – 1:26 pm   Permalink
  8. Please Blurb allow the uer to specify where the book data is stored.
    I configured my system so that NO data is on my C drive, instead it is on a separate data drive. However, now along comes Book-NotSo-Smart and puts the dam data files on C without so much as a please-may-I. This is just bad design in this day and age.

    Another issue is that the raw photos should be kept available in their original format, instead of trying to hide them by reallocating their extension as .ORIGINAL. Also when the photos are stored, all their metadata is stripped out. When a project is over I want to archive a complete copy of the project with the original photos.

    By Glen lancaster
      January 8, 2008 – 3:03 pm   Permalink
  9. I want to save my book (ade woth Blurb) as pdf… How can I do?

      January 12, 2008 – 11:22 am   Permalink
  10. Hi Monica. the short answer is no, but here’s more info on work-arounds.

    By Chad
      January 16, 2008 – 4:12 pm   Permalink
  11. You guys should have a flash and PDF export thingie, without the watermarks. Cause we invest so much time creating a book that we should have the option to export it. I don´t care if you charge 5 bucks or something. Just do it please!

    By Markus Sorensson
      February 20, 2008 – 7:20 am   Permalink
  12. Ditto – I too would love to see a proper PDF export function… I want to be able to proof a book and show it to others without watermarks and with the cover. Booksmart is a marginal layout program at best, with lots of limitations, quirks and bugs, but If I use Blurb to print my books, out of necessity, I spend a lot of time building (and re-building) a book with it – so please allow us the small luxury of proofing our books properly.

    By Damir
      March 8, 2008 – 1:40 pm   Permalink
  13. I just finished creating a book, ordered a copy last night (so the downloading on your site is complete), and then this morning my hard drive crashed. It appears to me to unrelated to the book — just a good old fashioned hardware problem. My associate at work wants to be able to review my book, and I’d like her to have access to it. How can this be done – my computer is dead, and I’m getting a new one tomorrow.


    By Tom
      March 10, 2008 – 9:53 am   Permalink
  14. Tom,

    Sounds like a question for Customer Support. Please contact them using this form.

    Good luck with retrieving your book.

    – Kathy

    By Kathy
      March 10, 2008 – 9:56 am   Permalink
  15. With a multiplicity of book publishing programs available, Blurb needs to quickly make the program available to be saved to any drive on the computer. Many computers “time-out” at a 20-30 MB upload, if someone isn’t on a commercial server. It is alarming to think that one could invest WEEKS or a MONTH programming a 150-300 MB book, and then the system crash or an upload then not be possible. There has to be a way devised to save the book on CD-R and send it in. Right now we are on the verge of ordering books, and then further ordering books for clients, but can predict in advance that we’ll have upload problems due to size of our book(s). This blog does not make it clear as to whether one can move the saved data to another computer and actually SEND it in and upload it from another system after creating the book on our home computer. WE may have to create the book and then FIND somewhere else to upload it from –such as the computer of our computer tech or a friend. It seems that dozens of people have had problems. BookSmart is not unique technology. Other publishers use it. Customers will come back to Blurb for the look of the book covers, the pricing and the web site — versus taking the files elsewhere to print. It makes no sense to have the files restricted to C drives –which no one does anymore. Other publishers also allow you to upload a few pages at a time — uploading by chapters or by pages, in case the system will not upload a 300MB book at once.
    In the 60 days that it will take us to complete our text we hope to find a WAY to CONVENIENTLY upload files to you.

    Any resolutions or solutions from customers –please advise!

      March 18, 2008 – 9:10 pm   Permalink
  16. Hi Regina,

    To hear solutions from Blurbarians like yourself, I really recommend posting your questions to the Forums. In the interim, I hope you don’t mind hearing from Blurb.

    Our model is based on relying on broadband to get your book project from your desktop to our printers and back to you as quickly as possible. Changing the way we do that, either by accepting CDs or other media would be completely counter to our service and not one that we are considering.

    That said, if you ever experience problems uploading your book, please contact us immediately. If the information in our Forums or FAQs don’t help solve your upload problem, it becomes our customer support team’s number one goal to solve for you on a one-on-one basis.

    And you’re right, the ability to store books on drives other than the primary drive (C: on Windows) is a known limitation with BookSmart, and we are working to address this in a future release.

    I hope my answers help.

    Thanks for posting!

    – Kathy

    By Kathy
      March 20, 2008 – 7:14 pm   Permalink
  17. Hi there,

    I’m a wedding photographer in Australia and am looking at offering your books as part of my packages. Being able to show a flash or proper pdf to customers would be really handy. Also I must agree with the comments above that it would be good to choose where to save things. I do love your site though and am very excited about being able to offer beautiful books to my clients.

      April 14, 2008 – 9:51 pm   Permalink
  18. Here’s a suggestion for the crash/backup dilemma and a way to increase Blurb usability: have the Blurb software web based (on a Blurb server) so an author can log into their book and work on it from anywhere in the world.

    By Jack
      April 18, 2008 – 6:06 am   Permalink
  19. I made a book last year and saved a copy of it by copying the BookSmartData folder (as mentioned above). I’ve just now downloaded the latest version of BookSmart and don’t know how to incorporate the folder into the new program folders in order to open the book! I need to order more copies soon. Does anyone know where to place the BookSmartData folder from an older version of BookSmart into the folders of the newer version of BookSmart?!

    By sana
      May 20, 2008 – 2:06 pm   Permalink
  20. I want someone else to be able to add pages to my book that they created separately, on their own computer – not just to edit my pages. Is there a way to do this?

    By Anna
      May 22, 2008 – 11:12 pm   Permalink
  21. everytime i try to import a book file it says that file was not an exported file for version 2 or whatever. if i try to just open them it says they are not valid win32 files. HELP

      May 23, 2008 – 4:32 pm   Permalink
  22. Not being a computer guru I have a dumb question…If I export my book, is it totally removed from my computer?
    Thank you!

    By Penny Szobody
      June 24, 2008 – 7:49 pm   Permalink
  23. I would also like to rename my book subdirectories and have BookSmart pickup the new names when it’s started.

    I found that BookSmart’s backup is much slower than just copying the directory contents using Windows. But if I rename the directory, or create a new one that’s a copy of an existing one, then it doesn’t show up in the list of titles.

    I’d could make several more suggestions about the storage interface in BookSmart, including the tiny size of the book selection screen when the program starts. But I’m sure you’ve already heard about these.

      July 8, 2008 – 11:42 am   Permalink
  24. I’d like to echo the calls above for proper PDF export.
    I’m also a wedding photographer and we create dozens of books a year. Having Blurb.Com on the printed proof makes the whole service useless. I’m not against the watermarking, but if you want to cater to professionals you have to give us more options to remove your branding.

    By Eli
      July 23, 2008 – 7:43 am   Permalink
  25. I handle work for tourism bureaus and hotels. You need some sort of PDF output. How can I ask everyone in a tourism agency to upload a program like BookSmart they’ll never use except when we have a project? Or worse yet, that they may start to use and then eliminate me. Get with it. You have a business product here but its not business friendly. As it is I have to build a book in BookSmart for Blurb and then rebuild it from scratch in QuarkXpress and make a PDF. That’s a lot of extra work for me. I try to give Blurb some business and in doing so I have to do double my work. Thanks a lot. Add a PDF output, please.

      September 11, 2008 – 3:08 pm   Permalink
  26. I think Book smart is clever not having a PDF function-
    because you can only puchase from them and not from other companies(I think it is a very clever marketing tool) It would be great to have the function though – I must admit, but if you are really THAT professional I think you will be able to design your layout in Indesign first in any way and then maybe import it to BookSmart… this way you will be able to have your own pdf and you will be able to order your book through BookSmart? To TIMOTHY – I think what Jack April 18, 2008 – 6:06 am – had a good suggestion and that this might help you to?

    By elaine
      September 17, 2008 – 6:28 am   Permalink
  27. @Timothy Rock,

    Actually, you can create your own full-bleed layout with QuarkXpress (or even with Adobe InDesign) then export it as PDF, then rasterize your PDF in Adobe Photoshop and then export your masterpieces as PNG. Finally, you can import it into Blurb Booksmart.

    Hope that helps! Brian, a passionate Blurbarian

    By Brian
      September 17, 2008 – 9:44 pm   Permalink
  28. I’m working on a book for my father in my computer at work. I also want to work from my computer at home from time to time. How can I access to my book if the book is installed only in the c drive at work? Please let me know if there’s a way to do this?

    By Clau
      September 24, 2008 – 9:45 am   Permalink
  29. File => Print => Adobe PDF (not work properly) the album is an 8 x 10 and the PDF created should match the album layout size no?

    I am a wedding photographer and it took me 3 hours to design an album and now I have spent 6 hours trying to export a PDF so I can have my client proof it. Its sad to say but I have to take me business else where as blurb as no intentions to help out our industry with proofing. Cant find any info on the forums or website regarding proper PDF export. I shot 15 wedding this summer and an average wedding proof book is $50. 15 x $50 => going to another company.


      September 26, 2008 – 2:45 am   Permalink
  30. @Timothy Rock

    Totally agreed that is unreasonable to ask a client to download/upload Booksmart when a proofreading is necessary. We are asked to do viral marketing for free, Madame Gittins!!

    Leave the watermarking on the page (still a decent free viral marketing for Blurb) but you absolutely should allow us to save and send a PDF version to the client for feedback.

    By Amira
      September 26, 2008 – 12:55 pm   Permalink
  31. Blurb software crashes every time I try to import a book file that I exported to a jump drive from my other computer. It will not let me import the file. Completely annoying!!

    Any Advice out there?

    By virginia
      September 27, 2008 – 12:15 pm   Permalink
  32. HELP! I accidentally MOVED the Booksmart Data Folder to my desktop instead of copying it. Now when I open Booksmart, my books aren’t there. I moved the folder back under LIBRARY > APPLICATION SUPPORT but the books still don’t show up when I try to open the library. Does anyone know what I am supposed to do to get my books back? Oh and I never exported the books either so it won’t let me just import them from the Booksmart Data folder.

    By Shelbi
      September 27, 2008 – 12:24 pm   Permalink
  33. Same here. i accidentally moved my data folder, and now it looks like i’m screwed. Any help would be appreciated.

      September 29, 2008 – 12:44 pm   Permalink
  34. Hi Dylan, Shelbi, and Virginia,

    All of your questions are best handled by our Customer Support team. We really try to avoid answering one-off tech support questions in the blog, because we have no idea what kind of computers you’re on, along with the apps and other system tidbits that we need to know to help you with your individual needs.

    Also, Customer Supports answers questions within one business day, and most within a couple of hours. A bit more reliable than waiting for someone in the blog to help you.

    Hope this helps. i know Customer Support can get you working again very soon.

    – Kathy

    By Kathy
      September 29, 2008 – 5:30 pm   Permalink
  35. I want to make a slide show of my book. How can I get my page files to work in Photoshop. Is there a way to save the pages as jpegs?

    By Bob LaPree
      October 17, 2008 – 2:58 pm   Permalink
  36. I have never had a problem with any book I have ever ordered from Blurb until now.
    A very unhappy customer just returned three of four books to me with major printing problems in two books and binding breaks in three of the four.
    The printing problem was a serious 1/8th inch line running horizontally thru 61 pages of one book and 25 pages of another book. The binding breaks caused a page to work it’s way half way out of the book after three viewings.
    I have written a letter with an explanation and sent the books back, I hope that someone out there will be able to tell me if there is ever any quick response.?
    It seems impossible to contact anyone EVER in this impersonal world we live in today.
    Is there a better way to get a problem corrected with Blurb?
    Is anyone alive?

      November 1, 2008 – 9:47 pm   Permalink
  37. I have spent two days with my ISP timing out on me …… it may be counter to your model, but it’s holding up me buying books from you!!

    If this happens often, perhaps there is a philosophically correct and economically poor model in place. In this economy better the money than the model.

    As a tech guy, just write the file, and let me FTP it, then my FTP program can deal with the drops and restart correctly, the blub software sucks at restarts.

    I’m on this thread, so now I will just move the book, then try to steal the bandwidth from the office!


    By Dave
      December 4, 2008 – 7:16 am   Permalink
  38. PDF export of some kind is a MUST. How am I supposed to show what I’ve done to a client before it goes to print? I am NOT going to ask a corporate client to download a large app they aren’t familiar with and don’t otherwise need, then ask them to do an import they don’t have a clue how to do, just so they can look at what I’ve done on their behalf. And many corporate IT departments simply do not allow users to add apps to their computers, so even you’re current “solution” is a non-starter. This model is NOT working, guys. I need to be able to show what I’ve done to someone else. I need to be able to do it without them downloading a proprietary application.

    By Brian Weiss
      January 19, 2009 – 12:18 am   Permalink
  39. As a wedding photographer, I agree with others who have suggested that Blurb could benefit from making a Flash or PDF version the books available to the book author.

    It would also be nice if there were a way of adding file names to layouts without having to type each one in. This would be a handy tool for Proof Book production.

    By Avia
      January 20, 2009 – 10:24 pm   Permalink
  40. How can I share my book file with other to view. I do not want them to have the ability to modify the book, only view it. Can I email the file for them to view, even if they don’t have BookSmart installed on their computer? HELP.


    By Mila
      February 25, 2009 – 3:37 pm   Permalink
  41. Good for “export!!!” but if you’ve already published your book it will NOT export/ you can click on it but nothing happens.

    By John
      March 8, 2009 – 10:19 pm   Permalink
  42. I think it has been well established that the omission of “proofing” functionality is a deal breaker for mainstream photographers working with clients.

    The addition of this functionality would mean a huge increase in orders for the company. We look forward to it’s arrival!~

    By Carl
      April 8, 2009 – 2:25 am   Permalink
  43. Could someone please clarify the use of the BookSmartData folder to backup my books? I see some recommendations to do just this but the Help files and this Blog also recommend exporting the books and backing that up to disc. In fact, there is one post in which the person states that the BookSmart program will not recognize the books once the data folder is restored. Is this true? It is a lot easier to backup the BookSmartData folder in my documents periodically than it is to first go through the export/backup process from within the program.

    By Stephen
      May 7, 2009 – 2:37 pm   Permalink
  44. This programe is crap!! Can anyone tell how I can open my book, when I down to another computer. I downloaded from BLURB on to my ladtop – it just jums the system when I try to open my book?

    By Charles
      May 11, 2009 – 6:13 am   Permalink
  45. Charles. I did the same thing you did and have had no problems. Upload your saved book onto your Desktop (so you can find it) in your laptop, and then open Booksmart. Then when inside Booksmart, go to File, and Import Book. Find your book on your desktop and Import it. Good luck. :-)

    By Laurie
      May 19, 2009 – 2:01 pm   Permalink
  46. Hi Laurie. Good – of you to answer! When I open (Booksmart) on my laptop, “Open existing book” the icon is already entered and the whole programe jam’s, I have to reboot and can not get to my imported book – Desktop – or – no – Desktop? Complants come in from all fronts regarding this programe: from the quality of the finished product – problem with the RGB transfer. The image size of the finished article is about 15% smaller. And, from all the notes above, plently of disatisfied users. These books are not cheap and the service received from some UK users – leaves a lot to de desired. I’m a photographer and my book was not intended as a joke – which is more than I can say regarding aspects of this programe! I’m dreading – when it’s time to “Download”? Thank you again, Laurie – for your time. Regards Charles.

    By Charles
      May 22, 2009 – 6:20 pm   Permalink
  47. I think in concept Book Smart is an excellent idea however, in execution its…lets just say that program on my 1984 Amiga 500 out performs your program. Perhaps if you hired programmers with solid universal binary experience you’d have a great product.

    By John B
      June 16, 2009 – 11:53 am   Permalink
  48. i am trying to create a family cookbook with relatives across the country. it seems it would be so much easier if they could just access my acct with the same password and id to put in their recipes and not duplicate some of mine. having to create another cd and everything is way complicated. wish you would make this process easier. i’m trying to figure out another way to do this project now that is simpler and more streamlined.

    By jan M
      June 24, 2009 – 9:29 am   Permalink
  49. I am trying to back up my books tonight before downloading and installing the latest version of booksmart, and the software simply won’t allow me to do this. I have followed the instructions on your site; they don’t work.

    By Linda
      July 1, 2009 – 1:57 pm   Permalink
  50. I’m convinced – that only retards or failed software designers work for ‘BLURB’. I’ve just downloaded the latest version of this crap program – the second so called upgrade in as many weeks! I do not believe the so called inprovements made to the writing software – its still as bad as ever – and I’ll be damed, if I can see any inprovements?
    Dear Miss Linda of July 1. You have all my sympathy – may be you should quite while your still ahead! You use the word (books) and not ‘book’! Poor you!!

    By Charles
      July 2, 2009 – 8:17 am   Permalink
  51. 1. Would like a simple export for mac seems to only exist on PC
    2. Would like to have two separate books open at same time.
    3. Ultimately RE-produce an existing book at a different size or at least something to facilitate the process.
    4. Wrap the cover image front to back including spine on all books
    5. Include a “magazine” like product.

      July 2, 2009 – 10:24 am   Permalink
  52. I am making a few books using book smart. I would like to transfer some of the pages that I made in one book to another book. Is there a way that I could do this? I have a family book and then one for my little girl. It seems silly that I have to create a page for both books when using the same pictures and same text. Any suggestions?

    By Tori Easton
      September 7, 2009 – 3:50 am   Permalink
  53. Back in 2007 I asked if books could be stored on a drive of our choice, not on C: and a number of others seconded that idea. Blurb support said that was a good idea. See the postings above.

    But I haven’t seen any confirmation that capability is actually included in release 2.5. Can you tell me if it is?

    By Roscoe
      October 8, 2009 – 4:46 am   Permalink
  54. I am trading in my junk of a PC for a MAC, is there any way the exported/back up version of my book will transfer to my MAC?? If not is there any other option to make this happen?

    By joanna
      October 28, 2009 – 2:44 pm   Permalink
  55. This isn’t working for me and I’m moving to another publishing site as a result. I can’t print to proof a 100 page document/photos on my home printer and there is no way to upload it to a cheap b&w kinko’s type printing service to create a proof. I don’t care about the logo/watermarking stuff, just about being able to print a document without using my little home printer. Grrr.

    By carol
      October 29, 2009 – 8:13 am   Permalink
  56. I have the problem of 2 Pcs used in 2 different places. I did not know that to transfer from one Pc to another I had to export my Book. I have just saved the BookSmartdata directory. Once BookSmart loaded on my second PC, I was faced to 2 choices, either NEW (no !) or IMPORT (no !). Very annoying !!

    In fact the solution is very simple
    - Choose NEW as to open BookSmart
    - BookSmart opens.
    - Select “Open Book”

    BKS finds immediately your project.

    Relief !

    By XLY
      November 6, 2009 – 1:40 am   Permalink
  57. found a rough and ready way to output a PDF of a book if you have photoshop – as I say it is rough and ready but would be OK for a proof and certainly to be sent on a disc to a customer/colleague

    here how I did it
    go into preview mode on booksmart and get rid of the page navigator – expand the image – I used a double page spread until it nearly fits the screen
    hit the PrtScrn button ( PC) (mac, not sure) to put page in clipboard
    go into photoshop
    type Ctrl N for new file, choose clipboard as preset source then OK
    type Ctrl V to paste clipboard into new file
    crop if required
    save as the page number you have copied
    do this for all your pages – keep files open in photoshop
    when all saved
    File /Automate/ PDF presentation
    select ‘add open files’
    select ‘save as pdf presentation’
    selct file name and make the font size as large as poss
    click on Ok then give it a filename
    when pdf choices come up choose PDF/X-3 etc – this is booksmarts choice for PDF files but this is probably not a good way to export a book – this method is only for proofing
    click on Ok – you will then have a pdf file of the screen images of your book – with the file name at the bottom of each image
    you could experiment with reducing file size so that the pdf file would be smaller but this would be at the expense of quality
    This works with photoshop cs3

      November 16, 2009 – 4:47 am   Permalink
  58. Tried several times to do this, did not work, very frustrating. Giving up….

    By LYS
      November 18, 2009 – 6:49 pm   Permalink
  59. I recommend having the possibility of doing online layouts – for one it can be accessed by any computer anywhere anytime! Hello!
    And for another, it can be shared by multiple people who are involved in the same project! HELLO!!!
    In this day where time is an issue… How about being ahead of the curve, BookSmart!
    It takes a one time upload of all the files and it sits on your secured password protected servers! After the project, files can be deleted.

    By A.
      January 4, 2010 – 12:28 pm   Permalink
  60. Agree with all the requests above concerning a pdf export possibility. I don’t care about the watermarks. I just want to proof my project!

    What I find remarkable is that these requests have been going on for at least two years, but very little feedback in terms of whether this is even being considered for development or not.

    Pity, because the program (inspite of some inherent weaknesses) is excellent, but this is a major limitation.

    By Michael
      January 17, 2010 – 12:27 pm   Permalink
  61. I would also love to have BookSmart available online for editing. I’m trying to decide right now whether to do my book with your company, or with another one that allows for easy access online. I like your software, but not the accessibility of this is a hard decision. Any possibility that you might get something like this up and running soon?

    By L.
      February 2, 2010 – 11:51 am   Permalink
  62. Hi L.,

    This is something we’ve heard from other Blurbarians. I can tell you that we are definitely looking into this idea.

    Keep those suggestions coming!

    – Kathy

    By Kathy
      February 2, 2010 – 12:12 pm   Permalink
  63. Having already ‘lost’ one effort at creating a photo book on BookSmart I intended to create a backup second time around. However, having read the above I can see it’s not going to work for someone like me with limited computing skills and patience. Then there’s the uploading issue when you’re actually finished and ready to print. Where I live in SE Asia there’s limited internet connectivity at the best of times – at home I only get 100Mbps when it’s working. Apparently I can’t put it on a CD or transfer the data to an external drive so I could take it somewhere where they have better internet service. So, what to do? From the sound of it other on-line publishers are no better. Back to zero. So much for the computer age!

    By Nigel Amies
      February 2, 2010 – 9:55 pm   Permalink
  64. I’m on a mac and if you need to copy your book (page by page I’m afraid) then you could use a screen capture tool. There’s a free one for mac’s called Snap & Drag and a paid one I use called Little Snapper.

    With both you can screen grab areas then paste them into any program/application you wish or in Little Snappers case straight into that application. So you could grab the page open Photoshop and just select ‘New’ and then ‘Paste” (photoshop will automatically create a file with the same dimensions as you grab. Then just print, if you on a mac just select ‘save as PDF’ and you done, you can then collate the pdf’s into one PDF.

    With Little Snapper I use this to save layouts and ideas as I mock them up, I can then print them off as I like. I have used this with calendars in iPhoto when I want to create mini ones for the family.

    Just a thought although I haven’t tried, there’s another note/capture program called Evernote, you could use this in the same way as above or use Snap a drag and save them to Evernote.. Sorry PC people but the only way I remember to do this is to use the Print Screen command which takes a screenshot of your whole screen, you would then have to crop the images. Evernote works on a PC too…

      February 11, 2010 – 9:04 am   Permalink
  65. I am in the middle of writing my 4th book and have tried to backup/create archive under the file menu, but nothing happens – no dialog box, nothing! Any ideas why this would happen or how I can correct it? I am currently running v2.0 (I know I should have upgraded!) but now I’m stuck and cannot transfer the book to another computer. I’m a little concerned about upgrading to the most recent version since I can’t backup my book beforehand.

    By Steve
      March 2, 2010 – 11:53 am   Permalink
  66. Sorry. my mistake – I’m using v and not v2

    By Steve
      March 2, 2010 – 11:57 am   Permalink
  67. Is there something special that happens to the files when you do a backup archive versus just copying the folder out of the folder BookSmartData? I copied the folder and then tried to open the book on my other computer, but when I did, none of the fonts were correct and the layout was slightly different.

    By Chris
      March 25, 2010 – 7:40 pm   Permalink
  68. How do I share photos with my client with view only possibility.. kind of urgent

    By Nancy
      March 29, 2010 – 1:18 pm   Permalink
  69. This may have been touched on in earlier posts, but when I select Create Book Archive/Backup, there is no window that pops up giving me an option as to where to store my file. I’d like to put my book on a USB. Is this possible?

    By Davina
      May 12, 2010 – 10:41 pm   Permalink
  70. Doesn’t work consistently. The last line in the article says it all i.e. “that should do it”. Well, yes, it should but it doesn’t – the import process starts and then goes pear-shaped reporting that 1. it isn’t a book export file; 2. there isn’t enough disk space (which is wrong – more than half a gig for a boom that takes up less tha 1MB)
    Very poor. Not sure if I’ll continue using this software which is ashame because I have 28 people wanting to create books!!

    By Les
      May 17, 2010 – 4:15 am   Permalink
  71. Hi Les,

    You make a really good point. We’ve updated the instrux above to be clearer.


    By Kathy
      May 20, 2010 – 3:54 pm   Permalink
  72. My Blurb Book saved as the .bookexport extension but will NOT copy to a CD/DVD or USB Flashdrive for me. What should I do?

    By Mache'
      June 10, 2010 – 10:54 am   Permalink
  73. To make a pdf of anything on a Mac:
    - ask it to print and in the print menu look in the bottom left corner where you will see a box of pdf options. Including to save as pdf and save as pdf in iPhoto. The latter may be a quick way to shift pages from one book to another, as BookSmart accesses photos from iPhoto.
    (In Windows you can get pdf making applications, but I have no idea how to connect with Blurb files.)

    I can see on the monitor clearly, but cannot print this ‘proof’ pdf on my home laser printer, the file is way beyond its capacity, but you can take it wherever on a thumb drive, to clients or printer.


    The other matter, of back up and shift from one computer to another.

    I have duplicated the file


    and then copied that copy, which sits next to the original in Finder, calling itself onto an external hard disk.

    We have not completed the process, but plan to:
    [1] rename the file, from to
    [2] open two Finder windows, one to show the file in the external disk, one to show the destination
    [user/library/applicationsupport/ folder,
    [3] then drag the new items icon from the HD to the applicationssupport folder.
    [4] If there is an existing BookSmartData folder there (and there will be if BookSmart has been installed), Finder will ask you if you are wanting to replace that folder with the imported one. If there is nothing in that pre-existing folder that you want, say yes.
    [5] if there is data in that pre-existing folder that you want to keep, either:
    a – if you want the two folders separate, then make a copy of that original folder on destination computer, in a safe place, before bringing the new one in, or
    b – if you want to combine the contents, then do proceed as above – do not drag icons in Finder, use BookSmart to import from the external hard disk.

    It would be helpful if someone at Blurb could comment on, endorse or alter this advice.


    p.s. I have had several contacts with Support, the service is swift and friendly and helpful, but they decline to comment on any suggestions, presumably to avoid any copyright entanglements.

    By Dennis Argall
      June 13, 2010 – 1:36 am   Permalink
  74. Hi,

    If you have any problems with exporting or importing a book file, please contact customer support. We can’t handle support questions in the blog since each situation is unique to the user and the computer that’s being used.


    – Kathy

    By Kathy
      June 14, 2010 – 9:30 am   Permalink
  75. Hi Dennis,

    Your instructions are fine. In fact, they are pretty much what we give to folks who run into this problem, so thanks for posting.

    Because these comments are getting a bit too long to follow, I’ve locked further comments. You can always write into customer support for help or peruse our forums.

    – Kathy

    By Kathy
      June 16, 2010 – 9:42 am   Permalink