Six Reasons to Love Blurb Bookify

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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. ↓

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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.” ↓

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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.” ↓

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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. ↓

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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. ↓

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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.

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14 Comments

  1. One reason to hate Blurb: no Linux support.

    By Andrew
      August 23, 2011 – 8:40 am   Permalink
  2. Hey Andrew,

    Hate seems like a strong word, but I understand your frustration (as a lifelong Mac user, I remember a time when everything seemed to be out-of balance in favor of PCs). Currently we’re focusing on the Windows and Mac versions of our products, because that’s where we see the most interest. If there’s enough desire from the Linux community, we may start looking at supporting that OS.

    best,

    Kent

    By Kent
      August 23, 2011 – 10:55 am   Permalink
  3. I’m a Linux user like Andrew. For know i’m using Bookify and edit all my pictures in Linux before uploading. But it would be great if your softwares were also Linux friendly.

    By Patparazzi
      August 24, 2011 – 5:01 am   Permalink
  4. Hey Patparazzi,

    It’s great to know. We definitely take this feedback seriously. Obviously, we want our tools to be as easy-to-use as possible.

    best,

    Kent

    By Kent
      August 24, 2011 – 9:14 am   Permalink
  5. I am making a book on bookify. It permits the use of a lot of text. What it does not permit is to have two or more pictures on a page; the only way to do it is to permit one of the preordained patterns to fit two or more pictures on a page, but then it forces white spaces and text between the minimized photos. I wish that there were some other way.

      August 24, 2011 – 11:19 am   Permalink
  6. I still have trouble adding more than one picture to a page. There is one layout, with photo and text, that seems to allow for more than one photo to be added, but then it comes out as two photos on half a page. Any recommendations?

      August 25, 2011 – 8:24 am   Permalink
  7. Another Linux user. Was bummed that there was no support. Going to have to look elsewhere.

    By dsvance
      August 28, 2011 – 6:04 am   Permalink
  8. Hi Dylan,
    We’re sorry and hope you come back. We continue to improve and evolve but Linux isn’t in the game plan at the moment.
    best,
    Eileen H.

      August 28, 2011 – 11:28 am   Permalink
  9. i agree with the first post. I’ve just switched to linux and really disappointed that the software isn’t available. I refuse to run windows with how it drains the resources and you need to keep updating your computer to handle it. linux runs like a breeze on my older computer. i guess i’ll just have to look for a blurb alternative if the software designers aren’t going to take linux serious as a real alternative for desktop users.

    By bob wyz
      February 15, 2012 – 9:30 pm   Permalink
  10. Hey Bob,

    I don’t have a linux machine to test it out, by Bookify is Flash based and runs right in the browser. You might want to give it a try: http://www.blurb.com/bookify

    best

    Kent

    By Kent
      February 16, 2012 – 5:21 pm   Permalink
  11. My 12-year-old daughter can’t run blurb on her linux system. It’s the only software her school requires that won’t run linux. I’m going to try to run it in an emulator, and if that does not work the entire school will move off blurb.

      May 3, 2012 – 10:06 am   Permalink
  12. Hey Charlie,

    We’d hate to have your school leave Blurb. Bookify is browser-based, however, so it should run on a Linux browser. Give it a try: http://www.blurb.com/make/bookify

    best,

    Kent

    By Kent
      May 3, 2012 – 12:14 pm   Permalink
  13. Another badly annoyed Linux user. I did successfully create one blurb book on Linux, using the Mac version converted to iso, but the latest version just freezes up.

    By Joanne
      May 24, 2012 – 5:41 pm   Permalink
  14. Hey Joanne,

    I can’t make any promises about a Linux-based version of BookSmart but have you tried using Blurb Bookify? It’s browser-based and should work fine for you.

    best

    Kent

    By Kent
      May 25, 2012 – 9:29 am   Permalink

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