The NEW BookSmart: Text editing at its best yet!

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We did it again – the newest version of BookSmart is here and ready for download! It’s our mission to keep making it easier for you guys to make great books, and we think this edition of BookSmart is another huge step down that path. Not only will you notice enhanced performance and greater stability, but lots of improvements when you’re working with text too. “Better text” is always at the top of your suggestions, and we’re listening.

One of the biggest changes you’ll see is the addition of Global Text Styles that makes changing large bodies of text a snap. Get halfway through your book and realize you don’t like the font or size of your captions? Before – not so fun. Now – no worries. With the new BookSmart our nifty text editor will go through your entire book and make all the changes for you. We also added new text layout features like justified text (woohoo!), vertical alignment, and text borders.

AND it gets better. In the spirit of even better control, we made some improvements to how you can manage your book. We added enhanced page numbering so you decide where numbering starts. Speaking of pages, we also added the ability to lock them to the right, to the left, or to another page. No more fiddling to make a full page spread – it’ll all come together with ease in the new BookSmart.

There’s also improved book file management – now you can move (or copy) your file library to a new location and remove all those unused images to save disk space. No more bogging down your computers performance by storing lots of unused images.

So download the latest version of BookSmart here, get your book on, and let us know what you think!!!

Have questions? Need a little help? Check out our FAQs.

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  1. I have 5 books in the works. If I download the new software are the 5 books safe or will I loose them?

      September 4, 2008 – 5:10 am   Permalink
  2. Just found my answer in the FAQs… thanks!

      September 4, 2008 – 7:59 am   Permalink
  3. Just downloaded 1.9.7 and opened an existing book. Looks OK except all existing blocks of text now have Clipped Text Warnings, even though the text is not overflowing. Can I ignore this if I want to send to print?

    By Ken
      September 4, 2008 – 8:17 pm   Permalink
  4. How can I share my album on a blog or facebook? Also will my album stay permantly online?

    By Ewan
      September 4, 2008 – 8:34 pm   Permalink
  5. Will this program work with Windows Vista 64 bit???? I have had problems in the past with programs claiming to be Vista compatible but couldn’t handle 64 bit.

    By Kathleen Ann Levine
      September 5, 2008 – 5:00 pm   Permalink
  6. Great video to show the new features!

    Is the narrator the guy who also narrates Tim of Tim and Moby from Brainpop (educational website used by teachers)??? He sounds just like him! :)

    By Susan
      September 5, 2008 – 7:39 pm   Permalink
  7. I tried the new version of software (on a different computer) using an exported book created with the older version. The pagination seemed to change slightly with the result that text didn’t quite fit on the old pages. I know this is covered in the FAQ, but who reads those. :-)

    Given this book is 115 pages long, I didn’t end up doing anything with it on the new software. So caveat emptor when working on an ‘older’ book.

    The software improvements sound great, I’ll be happy to use them on the next book. In the next release, I’d love to see more flexible templates. That way if I only have 5 photos in a six photo layout, I can center the photos so it’s more even.

      September 8, 2008 – 10:38 am   Permalink
  8. Want to share your new book with the world? Check out the Share, Promote, Sell area of our site to learn all about Blurb badges, our Announce feature and your own bookstore.

      September 8, 2008 – 2:46 pm   Permalink
  9. I have received my first book and am very impressed with the print quality. Of course I couldn’t resist expanding this first book and re ordering. I await the second version with eager anticipation.

    Now I have a problem. Having updated the software to the new version, some of the text boxes show a warning icon for “too big” in my first book design.
    Does this mean that the text boxes have been reduced in size in the upgrade and will the book ordered be printed with all the text included.
    A bit of a worry.

    Is there any likelyhood in the future of flexibility in changing the sizes of the text boxes?

      September 9, 2008 – 2:42 am   Permalink
  10. Is there a way in the new software to auto flow images into pages and have the image file name show up in a text field below the image. I would like to try use blurb books to make proof books.

    By chris
      September 9, 2008 – 9:23 am   Permalink
  11. Any chance the upgrades include improvements for working with Macs?

    By Teresa
      September 9, 2008 – 12:11 pm   Permalink
  12. Nice video. But why don’t you give Donny from the You Suck At Photoshop video series (on My Damn Channel) a shot at this? I’d laugh my @ss off, personally. If you haven’t seen the series, you’re missing a VERY funny take on instruction…

    By David Zent
      September 9, 2008 – 2:07 pm   Permalink
  13. Where is the Linux version? :(

      September 9, 2008 – 4:30 pm   Permalink
  14. I would like to import my info to booksmart. What is the procedure?

    By phyllis banks cook
      September 14, 2008 – 5:30 pm   Permalink
  15. I would like to put a family hertiage albumn together using blurb.
    Should I expect problems from blurb if I upload OLD studio photographs? I would hate to leave out the studio pictures and just
    have an albumn made up of snap-shots.

    By donna
      September 15, 2008 – 3:42 pm   Permalink
  16. For those of you wondering how to get your blog in book form, check out our How to Make a Blog Book tutorial. This video explains how to slurp your Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad & WordPress content into BookSmart in a few short steps.

      September 15, 2008 – 3:43 pm   Permalink
  17. I uploaded the latest version of Booksmart and it ruined my books. I have no way of editing my books now without completely redoing them.The new version cut of text, deleted backgrounds. It’s been a total nightmare and at the very least all I needed originally was one text page changed on the last page.I’ve asked Blurb staff to do this since my book was ruined by by Booksmart and they say they can’t edit text.Now I’m forced to reprint the uploaded version as is or redo all my books. Any help here Blurb?

    By teresa
      September 23, 2008 – 8:20 am   Permalink
  18. The pages don’t quite fit as the text warning message shows for every page when the new version was installed. That means manually adjusting each page which is a lot of hassle. I re-installed the slightly older version and will use that till I finished publishing the book.

    By Ron
      September 27, 2008 – 9:35 am   Permalink
  19. Is there still no template page for one almost-full-page photo plus a caption *beneath* it? I would have thought this to be among the most crucial options, but I don’t see one like that.

    By Chris
      September 28, 2008 – 9:04 am   Permalink
  20. The one thing that bugs me is that you cannot print a standard size 5×8 in color with the new premium paper with color images. Why is this? I really want to print a book, but the large 8×10 pages are outlandishly large for a work that is mostly text and only occasionally color pictures too. Why has this option not been made available?

    By Madeline Morcelle
      October 22, 2008 – 1:48 pm   Permalink
  21. I must say I don’t find the new software a big improvement in handling text; in fact, it seems exactly like the older version in that respect. Selection is still a hit-or-miss affair, size jumps around, sometimes a font changes for no apparent reason, and cursor placement is a matter of chance rather than intention.

    Also it would be handy if you’d include the version number with your software.

    Thirdly, and I guess this belongs somewhere else, I applaud your new (?) policy of placing the barcode on a sticker on the back cover instead of on the book itself. But it is hardly an ‘easy-peel’ sticker. Peeling it off left a gummy residue on the back of my book which I had to remove with a solvent which in turn left the back cover with a greasy coating which Im guess I’ll b able to remove.

      December 7, 2008 – 9:42 am   Permalink
  22. Just received my daughter baby photo book. I LOVE it. An avid scrapbooker for years, I thought those days were over, too time consuming and expensive and all my photos are now digital etc. etc. But with Blurb! oh the excitement! I can scrapbook again!

    I love all the text enhancements and have discovered that if I use the photolayout of full page of text over the full page picture, I can easily add clear text where ever I want it! I followed the directions to create pages in my photo editing software, so simple!

    My daughters baby book is clearly just a start, in less than a week I have almost finished a scrapbook for a whole year! The prices are terrific too. I love the new premium paper! Love it Love it Love it!

      March 2, 2009 – 7:26 am   Permalink

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