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flowing text problems

Hi,

I'm working with the flowing text boxes but am running into some problems. I paste my text in from Word, right clicking and choosing "paste plain text." It pastes fine and flows between the boxes fine. But if I make a change, for example the font or font size, which then changes the length of the text, I am unable to raise the text higher from box to box. So, for example, it will flow perfectly into the next box, left to right, but if there is empty space in the previous box and I want to shift the text there, I am unable to "backspace" the text up, right to left. It's making formatting quite a chore.  Does anyone have any suggestions for this? I've only ever created photo books before, so this is my first attempt with a book that is primarily text. I've read through the suggestions on the blurb website, but nothing quite addresses this.

Thanks!
Libby

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I am having the same problem! Blurb peeps, please help!

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I have the same problem. Any help out there in space, please.

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I've been using Booksmart for months and have had numerous issues. What you're describing is one of them. I think you have to either be sure to highlight the entire page, including the blank space, and change the font size in order to move it up, or just add a new page in front of it with the same layout and cut/paste your text into it. Booksmart has trouble when you start changing text and font size. It seems to always want to go back to what you originally put in. I've spent a lot of time retyping, reformating, and adding pages. Not a program I think I'll ever use again if I have a lot of text. It might help to rewatch the instructional video too (the icon is on the screen when you open Booksmart). Good luck!

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This is the most annoying part of Blurb/BookSmart. I've created text books in the past and this was never a problem so they must have implemented it new. It's literally the ONLY thing I can't stand about Blurb and unfortunately I'm now looking into trying to find another website to create my books. You literally cannot even move a text without the entire rest of the book text shifting to where you don't want it.  This 'flowing text' thing has really made editing and putting together a book now a MAJOR hassle. There should be one thing you can press to lock or unlock because not everyone wants this flowing text thing. I would hate to leave blurb but I may not have any other choice. It's a shame to because in the past I've been a great customer. Allow people to edit their book the way they want to and get rid of this 'flowing text container" crap! Put it back to the way it used to be!

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Flowing text is a nightmare.  I am doing an exhibition catalog that list each object in detail.  Booksmart becomes confused, arbitrarily breaks format, inserts spaces, delete text and make life in general a nightmare.  I am going to try working this file in Bookwright.

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They got to me and I figured out how to remedy this problem. To solve the flowing text problem, right click on your page of text and click "break flowing text". Originally I thought you had to do this with EVERY page one by one though but I found when I did it to a few pages at the first of the book and then added more 'duplicate pages', those duplicate pages also automatically had the 'break flow text' already, which was convenient.

So to not have ANY of your text flowing from page to page (that was also a nightmare for me), just simply right click on the page of text and click "break flow text". Then your words/text will not flow onto the other page.

Cheers.

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I have just finished a family history book and encountered this problem with flowing text. If the text is edited, resulting in a flow to the next page phantom blank lines are created and at other times editing results in occasional collapsed paragraphs down the line. The problems are most apparent when a list of items like an index are edited. It is a NIGHTMARE!  I spent hours and hours correcting the format errors. Even correcting the errors creates new errors.

The only way to avoid the problem is not to use flowing text boxes. However, if you subsequently edit text resulting in a flow-on, be prepared to cut and past down the line to the end!

This problem has been in BookSmart for at least 3 years, with members complaining. Why don't Blurb staff reply to us and explain what is being done to correct the problem?  If software copyright or some other technical issue is the barrier please let us know. This is a serious bug in BookSmart and would seem to be a simple job to rectify the software. Put it on the list for the next upgrade please.

 

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I agree that it is time for Blurb to do something about text flow problems. Those of us who use Blurb/Booksmart to write lots of text have found and documented the problem so it is not new. Editing text in containers where the text flows over is a pain in the butt. You get to the end of the page and a new paragragh starts and you end up with new lines being added that are difficult to remedy. That's just the start of it because text further along moves (as it should) but every time a paragraph goes over the page there are the same new line problems.

Very frustrating for the users who are not making picture albums. Is there another more text friendly product???

I have used the Burb option in MSWord. This works OK when you complete the whole task in Word and finally up load the Blurb. Then you complete the cover in Blurb. The downside is that there are limited format options particularly with respect to the inserting of pictures within the text.

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Hi all- Sorry for the text frustrations. BookSmart uses a now antiquated code base and text flow improvements beyond what is currently offered in this creation tool is unlikely.

The good news is, we've designed our new book-making tool with text in mind so I suggest giving it a try with hopefully better results. This new tool is a work in progress so please to let us know if you see any oddities or have suggestions for improvements.

-Craig

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I have just transferred a finished Booksmart project which took me ages to get right, into Bookwright because the cost of Booksmart books is very high, I had the impression that budget prices would apply. To take advantage of budget prices you must use Bookwright. I followed Blurbs instructions to the letter and ended up with a complete mess of a book with text overflow issues on virtually every page, the fonts had all changed and the look was totally different. Every text box is locked so any attempt to reduce font sizes or change fonts meets with short pages with no way to link them to the next page. I am sorry now I ever started using Blurb it has been nothing but one problem after another. If anyone could give me any advice on this I would be really grateful.

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I have just transferred a finished Booksmart project which took me ages to get right, into Bookwright because the cost of Booksmart books is very high, I had the impression that budget prices would apply. To take advantage of budget prices you must use Bookwright. I followed Blurbs instructions to the letter and ended up with a complete mess of a book with text overflow issues on virtually every page, the fonts had all changed and the look was totally different. Every text box is locked so any attempt to reduce font sizes or change fonts meets with short pages with no way to link them to the next page. I am sorry now I ever started using Blurb it has been nothing but one problem after another. If anyone could give me any advice on this I would be really grateful.

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