Blurb Launches Bookmaking Plug-In for Adobe InDesign

The first of its kind, the plug-in streamlines the bookmaking process for book designers

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, June 21, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO , June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, today announced the release of their plug-in for Adobe® InDesign®. The plug-in, compatible with CS3, 4 and 5, will allow users to easily generate any of Blurb's hundreds of page and cover templates right within InDesign and greatly improves the export and PDF-to-Book upload process—providing users with a more streamlined bookmaking experience.

Blurb's Plug-in, the first of its kind offered by a mainstream online book making platform, puts every combination of Blurb book type and customization option, at the fingertips of design savvy users. This seamless experience, from conception of a book project to the high quality printing offers, is unmatched in the industry. What's more, the plug-in is unique in that, by way of a proprietary export preset, it ensures files print flawlessly and any color management work is maintained.

The key features of the Plug-in for InDesign include:

  • Blurb Template Creator interface, which creates blank page and cover templates in InDesign on selection of book size and paper, or cover, type.
  • Blurb PDF export preset, which is automatically installed for higher quality printing.
  • Error reduction in Blurb's PDF-to-Book upload process.

The plug-in further extends Blurb's unparalleled range of bookmaking tools, particularly for designers and photographers looking for more creative control in their book design. With 3 covers, 5 paper types and 5 endsheet color choices Blurb's extensive range of nearly 500 unique combinations challenges that of services usually restricted to pros.

“The free Blurb plug-in for InDesign CS5.5 is an excellent resource for anyone using InDesign who wants to publish a book with Blurb,” said Kiyo Toma , senior product manager for InDesign at Adobe. “This plug-in lets every InDesign user focus on book design by reducing the complexity inherent in the book production process.”

Blurb's Plug-in for InDesign is the second in a suite of applications designed to work in conjunction with Adobe products, following the May launch of their Adobe PhotoShop Lightroom Plug-in.

About Blurb®

Blurb® is a creative publishing and marketing platform that unleashes the creative genius inside everyone. Blurb's platform makes it easy to design, publish, market and sell professional-quality books, using the Blurb Bookify™ online bookmaking tool, Blurb's free, award-winning Blurb BookSmart® app or by using Blurb's PDF to Book workflow. Blurb's bookstore and online marketing tools enable customers to market and sell their books, and keep 100% of their profit. Blurb's social and community features allow customers to create and share Blurb books among friends and colleagues with ease.

Blurb was founded by Eileen Gittins in 2005, and includes a team of design, Internet and media veterans who share a passion for helping people bring their stories to life. In 2010, Blurb shipped just under 1.4 million books to more than 70 countries and territories. That same year, Blurb was ranked the fastest growing media company on the Inc. 500. Blurb is based in San Francisco with offices in London . For more info, visit


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