Introducing Blurb BookSmart 2.0 & Our New 12×12 Large Square!

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Blurb BookSmart® 2.0 is ready for you to download and includes a bunch of new features that give you the tools and freedom to take your creativity to new levels.

First, we’re ecstatic to announce a new book size, available immediately – 12×12 Large Square! People were crazy for the Small Square, and a lot of our people – creative professionals especially – have been craving a larger square book size. We tested the Large Square and quickly realized it was a must. Starting at $59.95, the Large Square book is hard to say no to.

And now, some more detail on BookSmart’s many new features (for even more detail on all the bells & whistles, click here).

For starters, you can customize your book layouts, right down to the pixel. We’re talking flexible containers – you control the size, location, layers, content type – everything. We’ve also created precision tool bars, gridlines for quick visual guidance, and the ability to save your designs as custom layouts to use again and again.

Along with page and cover layouts, we’ve made it easy to save your entire customized book as a book template, using as many elements of your custom design as you’d like. Now you can use your favorite custom book designs every time you start a new book. These workflow improvements will make future book projects a breeze.

We’ve also improved how BookSmart handles text and images – use find and replace for quick text edits, and enjoy faster loading and image caching. We also added 24-bit color depth support, and improved support for Vista.

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Need a little extra help getting started? Check out these video tutorials to help you learn how to customize your page and cover layouts, and create custom book templates.

So get to it – let your creative genius run wild with the newest version of BookSmart, available for download right here.

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25 Comments

  1. Larger square format books!?! Finally!! Thank you Blurbinites!!

      June 2, 2009 – 1:15 pm   Permalink
  2. This is exciting news! I’ve been waiting for this size.

      June 2, 2009 – 5:57 pm   Permalink
  3. I’m excited about BookSmart 2.0! Would you recommend converting existing book projects to 2.0?

    By Laura
      June 2, 2009 – 6:07 pm   Permalink
  4. I am SO excited about the Edit Layout feature! Now I can have more creative control without having to do it all in Photoshop. THANK YOU!

      June 2, 2009 – 7:04 pm   Permalink
  5. HALLELUJAH for the freedom to edit layouts!!! YAY Blurb!

    By Talley
      June 3, 2009 – 7:00 am   Permalink
  6. I have an 11 x 13 portfolio book in the works. Will things change in it when I download Blurb 2.0?

    By Joan
      June 3, 2009 – 9:14 am   Permalink
  7. Does the 24-bit color depth support imply better / more accurate reproduction of photos? I am asking because some of my photos tend to look dark when printed through Blurb.

    Thanks,
    ilya

    By Ilya
      June 3, 2009 – 10:29 am   Permalink
  8. wondering if the MAC problems have been fixed. The last book I tried to make was taking 10 minutes between each action. Other MAC users have complained about the Blurb software problems. I’d love to see these fixed so I can use Blurb again, espec with the 12×12″ format. Any word on this?

      June 3, 2009 – 10:32 am   Permalink
  9. I’d SO much rather you’d announced that you could slurp self hosted wordpress blogs. I can’t TELL you how much I wish you’d announced that.

      June 3, 2009 – 11:41 am   Permalink
  10. Does the new version support OpenType fonts? If not, why not??
    I’ve loved creating books with Blurb, but not being able to use my favourite fonts has been really irritating!

      June 3, 2009 – 12:02 pm   Permalink
  11. Hi Michael,

    While we do have some Mac issues with the new BookSmart, I have no idea what might be causing your system to work so slowly. Most of our company is on Macs and we’re not having similar issues and a lot more of our those who have downloaded are not experiencing similar problems. Please fill out a technical support form so we can investigate what part of your system is not playing nice with BookSmart.

    Hope that helps.

    – Kathy

      June 3, 2009 – 12:30 pm   Permalink
  12. Hi ilya,

    Support for 24-bit color depth simply means that if you have your display set to 24-bit color, BookSmart will now run, instead of giving you an error message and shutting down.

    If your photos tend to look too dark, you might want to calibrate your monitor or get some tips on color management from our blog or forums. A lot of people forget that their monitors have a ton of light streaming through the screen, making it possible for even the darkest images to look good onscreen. Translate those dark images to a printing process, without the light or the millions of colors a computer gives you, and you still get a dark image. I know I forget this.

    Hope this helps.

    – Kathy

    By Kathy
      June 3, 2009 – 12:38 pm   Permalink
  13. I also have a book in the works and am really afraid to download the new version. However, I would love to use some of the new features in my book. Will my book be negatively affected if I download the new version? Thanks for your help!

    By Kathy
      June 3, 2009 – 2:12 pm   Permalink
  14. I’m a retired LA cop and I know that always freaks everybody out. But you should have ridden with me to understand the clear correllation between the number of books that folks have and their needing to call you for help.

    In other words, people who edit and create books as well as read them tend to live in lower crime areas, while people who don’t read and don’t value books tend to live in higher crime areas and call you more often.

    I was in a guy’s joint once and asked him why he had no books at all. He replied, “I tried to read one once but I didn’t like it.” Of course he was living in a litter filled, bug ingested, run down apartment amid broken syringes. A few books could’ve saved his life and opened his eyes to life beyond Bandini Boulevard.

    And now, with Blurb, whole neighborhoods can be saved by PC’s and Mac’s being put to use so people can read and write while creating the those vibrant colors that can reappear in so much of the wasteland of LA I used to ride in with my young wide-eyed partner.

    Blurb – go out and multiply!

    By Big John
      June 3, 2009 – 2:20 pm   Permalink
  15. Absolutely lovely, thanks a lot!

    By Paul
      June 3, 2009 – 2:25 pm   Permalink
  16. Love 2.0, especially the edit format capability. Any way to place photos diagonally on the page?

    By Tina Schell
      June 3, 2009 – 5:52 pm   Permalink
  17. Find/Replace and Editable layouts were right at the top of my wish list! Thanks a million! :)

    By Katharina
      June 4, 2009 – 8:15 am   Permalink
  18. I saw similar queries posted above, but no replies yet- I have a few existing books and am wondering if I can import these into the new 2.0 software without affecting the layouts? will our existing layouts import correctly?

    By Bonnie
      June 4, 2009 – 11:10 am   Permalink
  19. Hi everyone! Your old books will work in the newest version of BookSmart without affecting your layouts. However, like any program upgrade, we suggest backing up your book files prior to making the switch. For details on how to do so, visit our FAQ here: http://blurb.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/blurb.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=141

      June 4, 2009 – 12:07 pm   Permalink
  20. YEAH! I am so excited for the 12 X 12! I can’t wait to get started!! Thank you Blurp!

      June 4, 2009 – 3:51 pm   Permalink
  21. Many, many, thanks for the new edit template feature.

    Although the existing templates were great for ideas for creative fun layouts, I also really wanted to have two plain, as-large-as-possible, landscape pictures in the Portrait format, for a simple photo-album effect, but with page numbers for an index. This seemed to fall between two templates and, although I was able to get the look I wanted using Paint-Shop-Pro, it added hours of manipulating the pictures before copying them to Blurb.

    Only having to do it once (well perhaps twice to cover left and right hand pages) and saving a template to use for ever is bliss. I loved Blurb before but this is a real step forward.

    Oh! and all my existing books converted with no problems at all.

    Cheers!

    By Ermie
      June 5, 2009 – 8:08 am   Permalink
  22. Thinking abut downloading Book Smart 2.0 ? Think twice – and go to forums to read abou terrible experiences people have with this new version. I downloaded yesterday. It’s awfully slow, sluggish and I am running in on a fast computer with Vista. I am not able to open dialog windows for Borders, Backgrounds, Ornaments. I only see blank boxes – no samples. Previous version was slow but it worked most of times. This update is useless. Blurb’s technical support was of no use, after trying to blame my computer they did not respond any more. Stick with previous version. Please read posts on forums
    Milan

    By Milan
      June 9, 2009 – 5:57 pm   Permalink
  23. Hi Milan,

    Very sorry to hear that you are one of the folks having a hard time with 2.0. As I explain in the forums, because of the great feedback we are receiving, we have discovered a bug that occurs on some Vista machines – this sounds like what you are describing. We are actively collecting data and running tests to develop a fix. Please stay tuned on that.

    Also, some Mac folks have experienced a crashing or non-opening BookSmart and we just posted a workaround for that issue in the forums. So, yes, as with any software release, we have uncovered a few bugs that are making it difficult for for some folks to get started. We feel super bad about these issues and are working quickly to find fixes.

    There are several thousands of people who have downloaded 2.0 and are using it without problems, so we definitely encourage everyone to give it a go!

    – Kathy

      June 10, 2009 – 4:01 pm   Permalink
  24. UGH! I just installed the new version and I am SO frustrated with this new version! In the older version, I LOVED how I could organize photos. Especially how I could choose the photos from my picasa web album. This photo organization method sucks. Actually, the concept is good, except it doesn’t work. The albums are shown out of order, first of all. Then when I choose to see just that album, it shows me every stinking image on my computer. NOT helpful! I had them all already organized online, so to have to weed through my photos is not cool. I have a new imac, and this should not be so slow. The older version worked much more successfully on here. I liked how the last version let me choose from an iphoto drop down, or picasa drop down and then the album that was chosen was the one that showed up. HELP! Where can I get the older version again!? I really need to be working on my son’s albums!

    By frustrated
      October 12, 2009 – 10:40 am   Permalink
  25. by the way, I did unselect show “all images”. I forgot to mention this… but it doesn’t work.

    By frustrated
      October 12, 2009 – 10:41 am   Permalink

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