Blurb, a Print on Demand (POD) service for self-publishing, announced today the release of the version 2.0 version of BookSmart, their proprietary book making software. From their press release, below, it appears that the 2.0 will have some attributes similar to InDesign, which will be a big step up in their book design capabilities.
BookSmart 2.0 includes many new features that give creative professionals full control in the customization of their book layouts, down to the pixel. The introduction of flexible containers allows bookmakers to control the size, location, layers and content type of all elements on the page. Precision tool bars, grid-lines for quick visual guidance, and the ability to save designed pages as custom layouts for reuse all elevate the bookmaking experience and offer extended flexibility for advanced users and consumers alike.
BookSmart 2.0 has improved workflow with the new option to save custom book templates for use on other book projects, greatly improving the workflow for professionals who want to reuse custom templates on similar projects. BookSmart 2.0 also features improved image and text handling, including the ability to find and replace text, and faster loading and caching of images. Additional features include 24-bit color support, and support for Vista.
“We are particularly pleased that the new BookSmart 2.0 also enables folks to expand, move, and add text and image containers on any layout – a degree of flexibility that our customers have been asking for”, said Eileen Gittins, founder and CEO of Blurb.
Concurrently, Blurb has also announced the availability of a new 12 x 12″ format book, available in hardcover, ImageWrap or softcover.
The BookSmart 2.0 is available for free download at www.blurb.com and I hope to be able to evaluate it later this week. It will be interesting to see how this new version works with a photobook project that I am in the middle of.
By Doug Stockdale