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How to use Bookwright Templates?

I downloaded Bookwright and downloaded a bunch of the templates, but I don't see how to access those templates and use them in Bookwright.  What am I missing?  (And, where should I put the template files once I've downloaded them?)

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Well, i am facing the same problem. I download them from the site and double click on the template but i don´t get them. 

mariojramos 0 votos
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  1. Ready to use this template? Click the Download Template button
  2. Locate the .blurb file, in your Download folder or Desktop.
  3. Double-click the .blurb file to launch BookWright.
  4. Chose Save As and give your book an original filename.
  5. Review the starter templates tips to get started.

instead of a .blurb file i get a .indd file.

mariojramos 0 votos
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These instructions don't seem to work for a Macintosh. The zip files for the Blurb templates unpack into folders with lots of files in them. I even tried adding .blurb to the folder so it would be treated as a blub file. While that worked to give it the Blurb icon and bundle it as a package, the template contents did not load.

To the prrvious poster, indd is an indesign file.
brianearl1 0 votos
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Same with me--downloaded the templates but can't find the .blurb file to launch BookWright. 

Railer83 0 votos
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I have the same problem but I think the answer might be that these templates are working with the in-design plug-in and not with the BookWright at least not yet. Every magazine template it has this headline "Magazine Modern Style for InDesign plug-in".

It would be nice though to have a definite answer.

Zisis Kardianos 0 votos
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I'm currently on day 12 of my service request regarding this exact issue. We keep going back and forth. I provided a full description with screen shots. THEN I was asked for software build information. THEN I was asked for operating system information (assumed they had this from the software build information). AND THEN the responses just completely stopped and it's still unresolved (that was FIVE days ago).

I'm not the type to lose my cool, but they make a pretty big deal about these templates on their website and yet don't seem to have a clue how to support them. I haven't started my project yet so maybe this is a sign that I should cut my losses and move on.

Has anyone else had any luck with these templates? I just tried another web browser in case that was a factor and still have the same issue. No ".blurb" file they keep talking about.

Thanks!

jdowling12 0 votos
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Exactly the same problem...Now how do I access them and use them. I have had a number of books from Blurb over the past year but I feel it is now time to move on. To read their Blurb !!! they are the best thing ever, to use them is another matter entirely, poor company offering poor service.

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I'm on day 12 or 13 as well, jdowling12. I sent screenshots, tried to redownload, etc, etc,etc as I was asked by the service rep. Finally I was able to get the cookbook vivid template, but they sent it to me another way--not through the website. I'm kind of thinking that maybe I should try another site. Blurb sounds and looks good but doesn't seem to actually work very well. I'm worried that after I invest a bunch of time in my book, I'll have trouble getting it printed, marketed, etc.

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The Bookwright templates are for use through Adobe In Design..Adobe InDesign at the moment costs approx. £205 per year so that rules out all we enthusiastic amateurs.. ME ,I'm off to Photobox or Bob Books

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It's somewhat comforting knowing that I'm not alone here Railer83.  It's ironic because that's the exact template that I was trying to download.

I spoke to someone else yesterday because my last request stopped being responded to and they had to escalate it on their end because they weren't sure why all of the individual files were showing up instead of one .blurb file.

To clarify a bit, my understanding is that the bookwright templates are specific to the bookwright software and there are separate templates available specifically for in-design. I don't plan on purchasing in-design because it is very expensive as medawson mentioned.

I'm a little upset because Blurb looks like it has such potential and on the surface it appears to be EXACTLY what I'm looking for. That being said, I think I'll have to look at alternatives...as  Railer83 said, it would be a shame to invest all of this time into it and then run into problems during production & printing.

I am looking at creating a cookbook specifically, has anyone else seen any options out there that are comparable? Blurb might not like me asking, but at this point they've made their lack of commitment clear to me so I don't feel very loyal right now.

Thanks everyone, best of luck!

jdowling12 0 votos
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Anyone at Blurb is reading or listening? I think it is not that hard, or time-consuming to add a one-liner text file, or just a line on the web page telling us where to place the extracted BookWright templates. Better yet, include such text file in the template(s) zip file. I am not talking about templates related to Adobe products, such as InDesign, or CS. I did not have any issue downloading BookSmart and BookWright and installing them. They are running fine (no books have been created yet). No issue under BookSmart. There is a "templates" sub-folder under the "resources" sub-folder, so that is self-explanatory. However, there is no such sub-folder in the BookWright installation folder. It seems to me that all the BookWright templates are for InDesign. They all have the indd extension. Many of us do not use InDesign. Personally I do not use any Adobe products at all, so I hope you start thinking about the non-Adobe lovers when making templates. OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, SP1 (which really is not relevant in this case).
sh10453 1 voto
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Hi, same problem. Does anyone have an alternative recommendation to Blurb? So sad.

eshulock 0 votos
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There are many companies who do that, including Kodak, just do a google search if interested.
sh10453 0 votos
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Hey Guys, 

Quick update, I finally got through to someone and they had me download the templates from a cloud service they use and it works! A little shocking it took that much effort. I made reference to this discussion but obviously they don't moderate these at all.

I wanted the vivid cookbook template so hopefully they don't get mad at me for sharing with with you guys. I think Railer83 mentioned we were looking for the same template.

Still a little skeptical about investing a lot of time if they don't support their product, but it looks like just what I'm looking for so I think I'll give it a shot!

Thanks everyone!

jdowling12 0 votos
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Here's the scoop on templates... Open BookWright and near the bottom of the Help menu there is an item called "Download Our Professionally Designed Starter Templates". Click that. Your browser will open with a templates page, showing BookWright Templates selected on the left side. Ignore the right side button because those are templates for Adobe InDesign. Scroll down until you see a template that you like and then click the Download link. Once it is downloaded, double-click it and it will open in BookWright. If you want to get fancy, you can instead put it in the Blurb folder that is inside your Documents folder. Then it will always be available to you.

These templates appear to be books. Open the template and if you want to use a layout, click that layout, then save that layout as a name that makes sense to you. You can find it later in My Layouts, and apply it to any book.

To apply a layout to an existing book, select all the pages you want it to affect, then double-click the layout. Wait a few seconds and they will change.

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