Macworld is where it’s at

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Here in San Francisco there’s a palpable Macworld buzz in the air. With so much creativity, gadgetry, and well-designed technology converging in one place, it’s no wonder we’re all aflutter.

Macworld takes place January 15-18 and Blurb will be there in full force. If you’re attending the show, please stop by booth W-4611 and introduce yourself. Each day we’ll be giving away a $100 gift certificate to use towards making your own Blurb books. Just think of what you can create with that!

Thirty of the Blurberati will be attending this year. (We won’t all be in the booth at the same time. We’re close, but not that close.) Look for us. We’ll be wearing Blurb buttons.

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  1. Yes i found your booth today and i am amazed. See for more details on my first impression.

    I know you likely would say no but I still want to ask: when are you going to support Chinese various fonts?

      January 15, 2008 – 11:56 pm   Permalink
  2. Dear Allison,

    it’s a bit late but you’ll excuse me: I wish you and all the others a happy new year. I love the way you write, (don’t tell anybody).


      January 16, 2008 – 9:13 am   Permalink
  3. Hi wumai. I pulled this text straight from Blurb’s FAQs in our Help section. I hope this answers your question. -Allison

    What languages does Blurb BookSmart™ support?

    First off, as you can tell, BookSmart is English-only at this time. However, BookSmart does support Unicode encoding standards, including High ASCII and Double Byte Character Set type fonts (say Cyrillic and Kanji respectively), which allow most written languages from around the world to be displayed correctly in the BookSmart application and in your books.

    Basically, if the font is on your machine and you can get text in that font into BookSmart, then that text will render and print correctly (because we are just outlining the fonts in the PDF). We’ve successfully printed books with Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai, Russian and Hindi text. That said, we always recommend doing a proof book first if you are intending to order a lot more.

    The one major caveat is that currently, the text engine ONLY supports text that runs Left-to-Right. If you attempt to enter text that runs Right-to-Left either by direct entry or copy and paste, such as Hebrew or Arabic, BookSmart doesn’t like it. One way around this, of course, is to create your pages with text in another program like InDesign and then import that page as a JPG or better yet a PNG into BookSmart.


    And hello to you too, Dan. Happy New Year. Thank you for such kind words. (I promise not to tell anybody.) -Allison

      January 16, 2008 – 11:10 am   Permalink

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