Below the roar of indie bands at South by Southwest this week, you might have heard a buzz as Mac users discovered BookSmart could drag and drop their photos directly from iPhoto into Blurb books. Musicians, filmmakers, and other creative Mac users raved about it to our staff – look for their books in our Bookstore in the weeks ahead.
We announced the BookSmart and iPhoto integration on this very blog a few weeks back, but not everyone caught onto the iPhoto option in the My BookSmart Images area of BookSmart. See the iPhoto mention right there in the lower left of your BookSmart interface? Click, and ta-da: There are your iPhoto shots, ready to drop into your Blurb book wherever you want them. Better yet: Hit Autoflow, and let BookSmart insert your entire folder of iPhoto images throughout your book for you. Once BookSmart’s done the heavy lifting, you can move those photos around in your book by dragging and dropping them wherever you want them.
You might notice there’s already a little friendly competition going among Picaboo and Flickr users, who’ve been making spiffy photo books with BookSmart and proudly displaying them in the Bookstore – which might explain the whopping 593 books currently tagged “photo” in the BookStore. We’re intrigued to see what will happen now that iPhoto’s in the mix, and all you Mac users can really strut your stuff in Blurb books. And yes, there will be more integration with other photo services in BookSmart’s future… stay tuned.