Blurb BookSmart 1.9 is here. It’s the most ambitious version we’ve ever released. Every single member of the Blurberati worked on it, tested it, and helped get it here. We listened to feedback from the community and made updates accordingly. We’re proud to let you know what you can look forward to as soon as you download it.
Here are some of the newest features you’ll want to check out:
Page Layouts – We added over 45 new page layouts to each of our four book sizes. Modern grid designs, playful collage layouts, yearbook pages, journal pages, and classic wedding-album layouts are just a few of the new options for placing text and images into BookSmart.
Backgrounds, Ornaments, and Picture Borders – Adorn your books with more than 60 new hand-illustrated artistic accents that add individual flourishes to your book pages. Some are dramatic, some subtle, but all deliver on BookSmart’s improved flexibility to let you take your designs farther. You can even customize the colors of all the new background patterns, ornaments, and borders.
Script Font – BookSmart already supports most of your own fonts, but we added an elegant script font built in for everyone. (Look for Berthold Englische Schreibschrift.) This guarantees compatibility for those who use the script font at any point size. And we don’t mind saying that it’s perfect for wedding books.
Wedding Themes – Baroque, Flirty, Deco, and Flora are the names of Blurb’s four new wedding themes. Each has its own set of multiple backgrounds, ornaments, borders, and colors that reflect the theme, all of which were hand-illustrated by Blurb’s in-house artist. Go ahead and match the book’s colors to your wedding colors.
Travel Theme – The travel theme is now available across all four book sizes. It features illustrations, background patterns, and photo treatments that embody classic travel imagery.
Cookbook Themes – Some of you want a subtle floral pattern for vegetarian cookbooks. Others want a retro fork and spoon for a collection of diner desserts. The four cookbook themes are now available in three book sizes, making it easier to create a personal cookbook.
Community Book – Blurb authors can now invite contributors to share content and contribute to a community book project. This is so huge we’re devoting an entire blog post to it tomorrow.
SmugMug Slurper – Slurp your SmugMug photos directly into BookSmart. Flickr and Picasa Web Albums are no longer the only ones with their own slurper. We’ll write more about SmugMug over the next few days.
Microsoft Vista – BookSmart is now Vista compatible.
More Metrics – BookSmart now shows additional book measurements in metrics.
If you plan on making a lot of books throughout the holidays, you can count on BookSmart 1.9 to carry you through the season. It’s been a busy year for Blurb, but we’ve got more in store for 2008, so keep your suggestions and feedback coming. You never know, they might appear in the next version, next year.
We’ll share more BookSmart 1.9 tips and tricks in the days to come.