Blurb BookSmart 3.0

March 17, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software | Comment |

Blurb today unveiled Version 3.0 of its bookmaking software, Blurb BookSmart. The program now includes the two most-requested features from Blurb customers: a two-page photo spread and a way to change the size of an existing photo book. Moreover, it is also possible to convert the pocket sized text book format to the larger trade size. BookSmart 3.0 is available for download from Blurb’s website.

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Blurb Press Release

Blurb launches new features for BookSmart

BookSmart 3.0 incorporates user feedback to include new capabilities

17 March 2011 - Blurb today unveiled its latest version of Blurb BookSmart®, the company’s free bookmaking software for Mac and PC.

BookSmart 3.0 now includes the two most-requested features from Blurb’s user forums, feedback surveys and customer support inquiries: a two-page photo spread and a way to change the size of an existing book.

Two-Page Photo Spreads: BookSmart 3.0 takes the guesswork out of creating this popular page layout by offering a ready-to-use template that supports two-page spreads with full bleed.

To use it, just go to “Choose Page Layout” on the left side of the BookSmart screen and select “Photo Spread layouts.” When bookmakers drag a photo onto the page spread it will automatically fill up both pages, right to the edges – no manual adjustment necessary. See Blurb’s FAQ’s for further details.

Change Book Size: BookSmart 3.0 now allows bookmakers who have created a book in one size format to easily transpose that book into another size with just a few clicks. For example, with previous software versions a bookmaker who created a fabulous wedding book in Blurb’s 12” x 12” (30 cm x 30 cm) Large Square size, but who would also like a 7” x 7” (18 cm x 18 cm) Square version to send to family and friends, would have had to create that smaller book from scratch. But now BookSmart can do it in just a few simple steps.

Right at the top of the screen in BookSmart 3.0 is a new button labelled “Change Size.” Click it, and in minutes you can copy the full contents of an existing book into a new book with a smaller (or larger) size. The original version is automatically saved.

It is also possible to convert the pocket sized text book format (5 x 8 in. / 13 x 20 cm.) to the larger trade size (6 x 9 in. / 15 x 23 cm.).

BookSmart 3.0 is available for download today.

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