We’re happy to announce the latest release of BookSmart — version 1.7 — affectionately called Black Sabbath within our offices. This version is packed with new features and performs better than ever. It’s hard to know where to start talking up the new features because this is our biggest release since our BookSmart’s inception.
Let’s go with the new trim sizes. You can now make 13×11 hardcover books, and 7×7 softcover and hardcover books. That gives you – including our current standard landscape and portrait sizes – four trim sizes to choose from. You can check out the new templates and layouts in BookSmart’s enhanced New Book Wizard or on our Explore page.
Those of you who visited us at Macworld in San Francisco or Imaging USA in San Antonio know that we now offer iPhoto integration. That means that you have access to all your iPhoto rolls and albums from inside the BookSmart application. Just drag and drop into your new book. Seamless and very cool!
Our blog-to-book slurper has amassed quite a buzz in the blogosphere, so in addition to supporting Typepad and WordPress.com we now also support Blogger and LiveJournal. Bloggers — stay tuned for more blogger app updates!
Many of you have requested more tools to format text and we’ve listened. Your wish is our command. This release introduces support for justification, smart quotes, and linespacing. Nothing should stop you from making that cool textbook. Text editing is an area that we’ll keep improving on and building out during the next few months months.
In addition to the above, our main focus has been to increase the performance of the application. We want to make it snappier, easier, and even more fun to use. Creating your own book is as creative as it gets so we want your experience via Blurb to to be awesomely great.
As always, we’d like to hear from you so leave comments below or post them to our suggestion box.
Have fun with our new trim sizes!
The Product Development Team