Blurb has just launched Booksmart 3 for their self-publishing platform.
From the Blurberati Blog:
Okay, Blurbarians, you asked and we listened.Our engineers have been hard at work over the past few months, harnessing their big brains and coding like the book-obsessed maniacs they are to bring you a brand new version of Blurb BookSmart®, our free bookmaking software for Mac and PC. And now we’re happy to announce that BookSmart 3.0 has arrived and is available today: download it here.Why are we so excited? Because BookSmart now includes the two most-requested features from our 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: What better way to let a photograph speak for itself than to let it fill up an entire “spread” of two facing pages? BookSmart 3.0 takes the guesswork out of this popular technique by offering a ready-to-use layout 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.” Now when you drag a photo onto the page spread, it will automatically fill up both pages, right to the edges – no manual adjustment necessary. See our FAQ for details.Change Book Size: Say you’ve just created a fabulous wedding book in our 12” x 12” (30 cm x 30 cm) Large Square size, but you’d also like a 7” x 7” (18 cm x 18 cm) Square version you can send to all your family and friends. In the past, you would have had to create that smaller book from scratch. But now BookSmart can do it for you with just a few clicks.Right at the top of the screen in BookSmart 3.0, you’ll find a new button labeled “Change Size.” Click it, and in minutes you can copy the full contents of your existing book into a new book with a smaller (or larger) size. Don’t worry, your original version of your book is saved so you can always order more of that one, too. And for those of you with Black and White Text books in our Pocket size (5 x 8 in. / 13 x 20 cm.), yes you can convert your books to the larger Trade size (6 x 9 in. / 15 x 23 cm.)Ready to try it yourself? Don’t forget to back up your book projects. And if you are just about done with your book project, you should probably wait to upgrade.Download BookSmart today, give it a whirl and tell us what you think.