Today we introduce Todd G, Senior Product Manager for bookmaking tools. He’s the guy behind such tools as Blurb BookSmart®, Blurb’s Instagram Books, Blurb custom Notebooks, and so much more, including today’s topic: Blurb Bookify™.
Our easy-to-use online bookmaking tool is coming up on its first birthday and it’s been a big year, culminating in silver at the New York usability awards (that’s like the Olympics for software ease-of-use). That’s a huge honor for sure, but Bookify came by it honestly. Check out all the improvements we’ve made since Bookify’s launch nearly a year ago.
1) Even more integration with online photo partners
Bookify is our online bookmaking tool which means it plays nice with other online services—like photo storing sites. In fact, chances are that Bookify can import photos directly from the photo host you’re using right into your books. Currently, Bookify can slurp photos from Instagram, Zenfolio, SmugMug, Picasa™ and Flickr®—with more coming soon. ↓
2) Multi photo drag-and-drop made easier
At launch, we found that many customers weren’t clear on how to add more than one photo to a page in their books. So, we got to work, rolling out usability tests, doing customer interviews, and fine-tuning the bookmaking process to make it easier. Dragging and dropping photos onto a page is now pretty intuitive. What’s more, deleting pages and spreads is a snap when you are in the “bird’s eye view.” ↓
3) New autoflow settings lets you decide the flow
Automatically flowing photos into your book is very satisfying, particularly if you’re looking to make your own book quickly. But sometimes you want to go with your flow—one where you determine what goes first. Now you can. Just wait until the photos have loaded into Bookify, and then choose the order in which you’d like your photos flowed—oldest photo first, most recent first, by filename, or set the order yourself with “my sorting.” ↓
5) Bookify + Blurb plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® = awesome
Bookify is the first bookmaking tool to be integrated with Lightroom, an advanced photo management and editing tool that’s popular among professional and amateur photographers alike. With our new plug-in, photos you’ve prepped in Lightroom can be slurped into a Bookify book with a few clicks. Plus, any captions you’ve added come along with them. ↓
6) Instagram “Instant Books” with Bookify
Last but not least, you can now make Instagram books with Bookify. If you haven’t already tried it, give it a go. Visit Blurb.com and go to “Make an Instagram book” You’ll find it under “Apps” on the top navigation bar. It’s quick and easy, and you can make a book in just a few clicks. And, just as with everything we’ve created in Bookify, you have the option to make the process as automatic or manual as you’d like. ↓
That’s it for Bookify news. Not bad for a one year old, but we’re not done yet. There are more good things to come and we’ll keep you in the loop. In the meantime, if you have a book project that requires quick turnaround or that doesn’t call for custom layouts or tons of text, give Bookify a whirl.