ONLINE MANUAL

1. Introduction

1-1 Downloading and Installing AsukaBook Maker 2

You can download AsukaBook Maker 2 HERE. After downloading, proceed to install the software. Watch tutorial video HERE.

Installation (Mac):

  1. Double-click "AsukaBook_Maker2.GL.dmg" that was downloaded.
  2. Read the AsukaBook Maker 2 End User License Agreement, and then select 'I Agree'.
  3. Installation is now complete.
    The software is located at /Applications/AsukaBook Maker 2.

Installation (Windows):

  1. Double-click "ABM2SetupGL.exe" file that you downloaded.
  2. Read the AsukaBook Maker 2 End User License Agreement, and then select 'I Agree'.
  3. Installation is now complete.
    The software is located at C:/program files/AsukaBook Maker 2.

You may try the software for free. However, you are required to register with AsukaBook before creating a PDF of the design and placing an order.

The first time you run the application, an Activation Code window appears. Please enter your User ID/Activation code. To run the software in trial mode, you can simply click the 'Cancel' button.

You can receive aa Activation Code so that you may create a PDF of the design and place a book order, by registering with AsukaBook.

1-2 Operating Environment

Mac:

  • OS: Mac OS X 10.9 or higher
  • CPU: Intel Core Duo or higher (Intel Core 2 Duo recommended)
  • Memory: 1 GB or more (2 GB recommended)
  • HDD(blank): 20 GB or more (40 GB recommended)

    Not compatible at this time with the new Mac Book Pro released October 2016

Windows:

  • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 10
  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz recommended)
  • Memory: 1 GB or more (2 GB recommended)
  • HDD(blank): 20 GB or more (40 GB recommended)
1-3 Overview of AsukaBook Maker 2
AsukaBook Maker 2 is a design program created exclusively for AsukaBook. You can design a layout for a book from start to finish. Sync your design to the free online proofing system for your clients to reveiw and approve. The design can be uploaded to AsukaBook to place an order for a printed book.

AsukaBook Maker 2 has the following features...
  • Runs on both Mac and Windows operating systems.
  • Auto Layout allows you to create instant book layouts.
  • Organizer feature allows you to allocate images to each page before you start designing a book.
  • Images arranged on a layout can be moved, resized, rotated, and enhanced. In addition, the position, size, rotation, and ruler for images can be arranged precisely by manually entering values.
  • Text can be moved, changed to a different font, resized, justified, arranged vertically, changed to a different color, and rotated.
  • Images that have been laid out can be saved as layout templates.
  • Rulers and guides are available in the design area in units of inches, pixels, mm, or %.
  • Cover spreads are outputted at 260dpi and inside pages are at 271dpi, even if the printing resolution of the images that have been used is greater. In addition, if the printing resolution of an image drops due to the image being enlarged, the image is printed at that resolution.
  • Supports JPEG and PNG image formats.
  • Sync with online proofing system.
  • AsukaBook PDF export feature.
1-4 Product Lineup

The types of books that can be created with AsukaBook Maker 2 are introduced below. Visit your AsukaBook representative's website to learn more about them.

  • NeoClassic Book
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Heirloom Album
  • Zen Layflat Impact X (USA only)
  • Zen Layflat Impact
  • Zen Layflat EXD
  • Zen Layflat EX
  • Zen Layflat Hard Cover
  • Zen Layflat Folio
  • Art Layflat Book
  • Art Soft Cover
  • Art Layflat Folio
  • Book Bound LX
  • Book Bound FLX
  • Book Bound EX
  • Book Bound Hard Cover
  • Book Bound Soft Cover
  • Vista Layflat Book
  • Curve
  • DVD Presentation Book
  • USB Presentation Book
  • DVD Media Case
  • USB Media Case
  • Gallery Box

NeoClassic Book

The NeoClassic AsukaBook is our contemporary twist on the classic flush mount album.

This high-end album has a layflat binding and board-mounted pages. You can design a custom hard or cushioned cover, or choose from one of our animal friendly leathers or a variety of other beautiful materials. Both the animal friendly leather and material covers are available with an optional personalized hot stamp. Our NeoClassic album comes wrapped in a protective fabric inside a beautiful hingeopen box. The front, spine, and back of the box are designable and complete the elegant presentation of this album.

  • Sizes: 12x12, 10x10, 8x11, 11x8
  • Sides: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60
  • Binding: Layflat
  • Paper: Thick Board with a Laminate Matte or Glossy Finish
  • Cover: Animal Friendly Leather or Other Material with optiontional Gold or Silver Hot Stamp or Designable Cushioned or Hard Cover with a Laminate Glossy or Matte Finish
  • Case: Designable Presentation Box

Cosmopolitan Book

Sophistication and style best describe the Cosmopolitan Album.

These acrylic cover albums are presented in a semi-designable, horizontal or vertical cover layout in a choice of red or black (with a hint of sparkle and glamour). The spine and inside covers are made of thick fabric. The inside medium, board-mounted pages and layflat binding create an elegant and seamless presentation for client images. The Cosmopolitan Album comes in a modern black shimmer lift-top box with red accents and an optional space to insert a DVD (not included).

  • Sizes: 10x10
  • Sides: 10, 20, 30, 40
  • Binding: Layflat
  • Paper: Medium Board with a Laminate Matte or Glossy Finish
  • Cover: Semi-Designable Hard Cover with choice of Vertical or Horizontal Layout and Red or Black Color Block with optional Hot Stamp Text and a Acrylic Coating
  • Inside Cover & Spine: Thick Textured Fabric
  • Case: Two-piece Lift-top Box with Optional DVD Placeholder in a Smooth Black Pearl Paper with Red Accents

Heirloom Album

Classic meets modern in this uniquely styled and fun flush mount album.

The album cover features an ivory, suede-like material with a wide colored accent band in the same material. The band comes in your choice of 12 different colors so you can give it your custom look. An embossed frame design is available on the center of the cover with an optional embossed text in the center of it in one of three fonts and up to 30 characters.

The Heirloom Album contains medium weight, board-mounted pages along with the layflat binding to create a seamless presentation for all types of client images and is packaged inside a sleek, beveled lift-top box.

  • Sizes: 10x10, 8x8, 5x5
  • Sides: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60
  • Binding: Layflat
  • Paper: Medium Board with a Laminate Matte or Glossy Finish
  • Cover: Hard Cover with suede-like material and your choice of 12 colors for the accent band with laser inscription
  • Accent Band Colors: Berry, Blueberry, Chocolate Brown, Coffee, Eggplant, Evergreen, Lavender, Light Stone, Pink, Pumpkin, Sky Blue, Teal
  • Cover Embossed Frame: Classic, Crown, Ribbon, Star, None
  • Cover Embossed Fonts: Cursive, Sans-Serif, Serif
  • Case: Beveled Two-piece Lift-top Box with Cream Top and Brown Bottom

Zen Layflat Impact X

The newest addition to our Zen Layflat books is the Impact line. These books are luxurious in every way. The patent pending Zen Layflat binding displays your images with no gutter loss. The Impact books come with your choice of cover in genuine leather, animal friendly leather, or our new material covers.

These stunning books are showcased in a designable deluxe presentation box that includes a plush felt lining with book holder and DVD placeholder.

  • Sizes: 15x10, 12x12, 10x10, 8x11, 11x8, 8x8, 7x10, 10x7, 7x7, 5.5x8, 8x5.5, 7.5x5, 5x5
  • Sides: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100
  • Binding: Layflat
  • Page: 100# White with a Laminate Matte, Laminate Glossy, or Varnish Finish
  • Cover: Animal Friendly Leather or Other Material with optional Gold or Silver Hot Stamp
  • Case: Designable Matte or Glossy Deluxe Presentation Box with Book Holder and DVD Placeholder

Zen Layflat Impact

The Zen Layflat Impact AsukaBook is one of our wow books. They come with your choice of cover materials in animal friendly leather or a variety of other materials. As with all the Zen Layflat books, it includes magazine style pages with layflat binding allowing you to fully display your images without gutter loss. These stunning books are showcased in a designable deluxe presentation box that includes a plush, black lining with book holder and an optional DVD placeholder.

  • Sizes: 15x10, 12x12, 10x10, 8x11, 11x8, 8x8, 7x10, 10x7, 7x7, 5.5x8, 8x5.5, 7.5x5, 5x5
  • Sides: 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20...92, 94, 96, 98, 100
  • Binding: Layflat
  • Page: 100# White with a Laminate Matte, Laminate Glossy, or Varnish Finish
  • Cover: Animal Friendly Leather or Other Material with optional Gold or Silver Hot Stamp
  • Case: Designable Matte or Glossy Deluxe Presentation Box with Book Holder and DVD Placeholder

Zen Layflat EX

The Zen Layflat EX is a superior quality layflat style book. The beautiful laminate finish protects the pages and continues seamlessly into the binding of the book. This allows you to fully display your images without gutter loss.

The EX is displayed in an exclusive black or red case with optional personalized hot stamp text.

  • Sizes: 15x10, 12x12, 10x10, 8x11, 11x8, 8x8, 7x10, 10x7, 7x7, 5.5x8, 8x5.5, 7.5x5, 5x5
  • Sides: 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20...92, 94, 96, 98, 100
  • Binding: Layflat
  • Page: 100# White with a Laminate Matte, Laminate Glossy, or Varnish Finish
  • Cover: Designable Matte or Glossy Hard Cover and Matching Book Jacket
  • Case: Black or Red Slide-In Case with optional Gold or Silver Hot Stamp Text

Zen Layflat EXD

The Zen Layflat EXD is a superior quality layflat style book. Like the Zen Layflat EX, the Zen Layflat EXD has a fully designable hard cover book protected by a matching printed book jacket with designable inside flaps, and includes magazine style pages with layflat binding, but it is presented in a fully designable slide-in book case, rather than a black or red option.

  • Sizes: 15x10, 12x12, 10x10, 8x11, 11x8, 8x8, 7x10, 10x7, 7x7, 5.5x8, 8x5.5, 7.5x5, 5x5
  • Sides: 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20...92, 94, 96, 98, 100
  • Binding: Layflat
  • Page: 100# White with a Laminate Matte, Laminate Glossy, or Varnish Finish
  • Cover: Designable Matte or Glossy Hard Cover and Matching Book Jacket
  • Case: Custom Designable Slide-In Case with optional Gold or Silver Hot Stamp Text

Zen Layflat Hard Cover

The Zen Layflat Hard Cover is a superior quality layflat style book. The beautiful laminate finish protects the pages and continues seamlessly into the binding of the book. This allows you to fully display your images without gutter loss.

The Hard Cover book is nicely presented in a Frosted Plastic Slide-in Case that offers extra protection and easy portability.

  • Sizes: 15x10, 12x12, 10x10, 8x11, 11x8, 8x8, 7x10, 10x7, 7x7, 5.5x8, 8x5.5, 7.5x5, 5x5
  • Sides: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100
  • Binding: Layflat
  • Page: 100# White with a Laminate Matte, Laminate Glossy, or Varnish Finish
  • Cover: Designable Matte or Glossy Hard Cover
  • Case: Frosted Plastic Slide-in Case

Zen Layflat Folios

Perfect as an in-studio image display, client add-on, or by itself as a thoughtful gift. The Zen Layflat Folio offers a sleek way to display photo favorites. These fully designable folios are available in bi-folio, tri-folio and multiple sizes. The folios are seamless, layflat, and press printed with exceptional quality 6-color printing.

  • Sizes: 12x12, 10x10, 8x11, 11x8, 8x8, 7x7, 5.5x8, 8x5.5
  • Folio Sides: 2, 3
  • Finish: Laminate Matte or Laminate Glossy
  • Cover: Designable Hard Cover
  • Case: Frosted Plastic Slide-in Case

Art Layflat book

The Art Layflat Book boasts elegant ivory uncoated inside pages with a smooth hard cover. The Art Layflat Book is packaged in a natural tan gift style box, with a fully designable lift off top.

  • Sizes: 9x11.5, 11x9.5, 6x7.5, 7x6.5
  • Sides: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100
  • Paper: Ivory Art
  • Cover: Designable Hard Cover with a Laminate Matte or Glossy Finish
  • Case: Gift Style Box with Designable Lift-top with a Laminate Matte or Glossy Finish and a Natural Tan Bottom

Art Soft Cover

The Art Book Soft Cover is bound with a traditional book binding similar to our Book Bound line and reminds us of a high-end magazine, but with heavier, art paper pages. Unlike our other Art products that come with textured ivory colored paper, this soft cover book comes with textured white paper. The cover is available with a beautiful laminate glossy or matte finish, or without lamination giving you the natural finish of the art paper. This book also has the option to print on the inside of both the front and back covers.

The book is presented in a white mottled envelope with a classic wrap tie closure.

  • Sizes: 8.5x10.5
  • Sides: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100
  • Paper: White Art
  • Cover: Designable Soft Cover with a Laminate Matte, Glossy, or No Finish
  • Case: White Mottled Envelope with a Classic Wrap Tie Closure

Art Layflat Folio

This premium quality folio offers unmatched luxury and versatility. The Art Layflat Folio surpasses expectations as an in-studio image display, a client add-on, or a thoughtful gift.

The Art Layflat Folio boasts elegant ivory uncoated paper and a smooth hard cover. It is seamless, layflat, and press printed using exceptional-quality 6-color printing and presented in a frosted plastic case. These fully designable folios are available in bi-folio or tri-folio in multiple sizes matching our Art Layflat Books allowing you to easily take a book spread use that for your folio design.

The Art Layflat Folio is packaged in a Frosted Plastic Slide-in Case.

  • Sizes: 9x11.5, 11x9.5, 6x7.5, 7x6.5
  • Folio Sides: 2, 3
  • Paper: Ivory Art
  • Cover: Designable Hard Cover with a Laminate Glossy or Matte Finish
  • Case: Clear Frosted Plastic Slide-in Case

Book Bound LX

The LX AsukaBook has an upscale premium genuine leather cover*, offering a timeless look and beautiful simplicity. This book is available in a variety of colors with optional personalized hot stamp text. This book is showcased in a stylish custom designed presentation box.

*Because we use all natural hides, some slight variations in the textures and color may occur, adding to the uniqueness and authenticity of the product.

  • Sizes: 10x10, 8x11, 11x8, 8x8, 7x10, 10x7, 7x7, 5.5x8
  • Sides: 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100
  • Binding: Book Bound
  • Page: 100# White with a Laminate Matte, Laminate Glossy, or Varnish Finish
  • Cover: Baby Blue, Black, Bordeaux, Brown, Pink, Saddle, White with optional Gold or Silver Hot Stamp
  • Case: Designable Matte or Glossy Presentation Box with DVD Placeholder

Book Bound FLX

The Book Bound FLX AsukaBook has the characteristics of fine leather in an “Animal Friendly” product. It has a wonderful feel and will be very consistent from book to book. The FLX is available in a variety of colors with an optional personalized hot stamp text.

The FLX book is showcased in a stylish custom designed presentation box.

  • Sizes: 16x12, 10x10, 8x11, 11x8, 8x8, 7x10, 10x7, 7x7, 5.5x8, 8x5.5
  • Sides: 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100
  • Binding: Book Bound
  • Page: 100# White with a Laminate Matte, Laminate Glossy, or Varnish Finish
  • Cover: Baby Blue, Black, Bordeaux, Brown, Camel, Pink, or White Animal Friendly Leather with optional Gold or Silver Hot Stamp
  • Case: Designable Matte or Glossy Presentation Box with DVD Placeholder

Book Bound EX

The EX AsukaBook was awarded the Professional Photographer Hot One Award in 2007 and 2008 for Best Contemporary/ Unmatted Photo Album. It features a hard cover book protected by a matching printed book jacket with designable inside flaps.

The EX is displayed in an exclusive black or red case with optional personalized hot stamp text.

  • Sizes: 12x12, 11x12.5, 10x10, 8x11, 11x8, 8x8, 8x5.5, 7x10, 10x7, 7x7, 5.5x8, 5x5
  • Sides: 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100
  • Binding: Book Bound
  • Page: 100# White with a Laminate Matte, Laminate Glossy, or Varnish Finish
  • Cover: Designable Matte or Glossy Hard Cover and Matching Book Jacket
  • Case: Black or Red Slide-In Case with Silver or Gold Hot Stamp Text with a Laminate Glossy or Matte Finish

Book Bound Hard Cover

The Book Bound Hard Cover AsukaBook was awarded the Professional Photographer Hot One Award in 2005 for Best Direct-Print Photo Album. It has a high-end feel that is reminiscent of fine art coffee table books. The cover can be printed full bleed, front to back, and has a protective coating.

The Hard Cover book is nicely presented in a Frosted Plastic Slide-in Case that offers extra protection and easy portability.

  • Sizes: 12x12, 10x10, 8x11, 11x8, 8x8, 7x10, 10x7, 7x7, 5.5x8, 8x5.5, 5.5x6.25, 5x5
  • Sides: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100
  • Binding: Book Bound
  • Page: 100# White with a Laminate Matte, Laminate Glossy, or Varnish Finish
  • Cover: Designable Matte or Glossy Hard Cover
  • Case: Frosted Plastic Slide-in Case

Book Bound Soft Cover

The Soft Cover AsukaBook offers a more casual alternative. It is comfortable to hold and flip through, while still offering a fully printable cover with a protective coating.

The Soft Cover book is nicely presented in a Frosted Plastic Slide-in Case that offers extra protection and easy portability.

  • Sizes: 10x10, 8x11, 11x8, 8x8, 7x10, 10x7, 7x7, 5.5x8, 8x5.5, 5x5
  • Sides: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100
  • Binding: Book Bound
  • Page: 100# White with a Laminate Matte, Laminate Glossy, or Varnish Finish
  • Cover: Designable Soft Cover
  • Case: Frosted Plastic Slide-in Case

Vista Layflat Book

Evoke celebration and excitement with the Vista's panoramic spreads.

Choose between a fully designable hard cover or cushioned cover. Both options open to thin, board-mounted pages finished in either glossy or matte and a layflat binding. This book starts and finishes with a printed spread, providing the most space for your designs. The Vista is accompanied by a sleek Frosted Plastic Slide-in Case.

  • Sizes: 10x10, 8x11, 11x8
  • Sides: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12
  • Binding: Layflat
  • Paper: Medium Board with a Laminate Glossy or Matte Finish
  • Cover: Designable Cushioned or Hard Cover with a Laminate Glossy or Matte Finish
  • Case: Frosted Plastic Slide-in Case

Curve

Unlike any other AsukaBook, the Curve has fun, curving corners—perfect for the lighthearted side of life.

Rounded corners, full spreads throughout, and thick, board-mounted pages make the Curve different from any other AsukaBook. Offered in four sizes, the Curve is printed with either glossy or matte pages and a fully designable hard cover in a layflat binding. A Frosted Plastic Slide-in Case allows for protection and portability.

  • Sizes: 8x8, 6.5x8.5, 8.5x6.5, 7x7
  • Sides: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12
  • Binding: Layflat
  • Paper: Thick Board with a Laminate Glossy or Matte Finish
  • Cover: Designable Hard Cover with a Laminate Glossy or Matte Finish
  • Case: Frosted Plastic Slide-in Case

DVD Presentation Book

The DVD Presentation Book is the top of the line showcase for any DVD slideshow or portfolio. This presentation book has a designed outside cover which opens to reveal a fully designed, removable book with glossy hard pages. Opposite of the removable book is a DVD placeholder covered with an elegant sheet of vellum.

The DVD Presentation Book is presented in a slide-in case that has a fine paper finish available in four colors and includes optional hot stamp text.

  • Size: 5.5x8
  • Sides: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12
  • Binding: Layflat
  • Paper: Medium Board with a Laminate Glossy or Matte Finish
  • Cover: Designable Hard Cover with a Laminate Glossy or Matte Finish
  • DVD Book Case: Designable Hard Cover with Single or Double DVD Placeholder and a Laminate Glossy or Matte Finish
  • Case: Textured Matte Black, Cream, Mint Green, or Pink Slide-In Case with optional Gold or Silver Hot Stamp and a Single or Double DVD Placeholder

USB/Keepsake Presentation Book

The USB/Keepsake Presentation Book is a unique and contemporary ensemble for presenting client images and/or showcasing memorable keepsakes.

This presentation book has a designable custom cover that opens to reveal a fully designable, removable hard-page book. Opposite the removable book is a windowed compartment to hold a USB (not included) or a small keepsake. The presentation is completed with a slide-in protective case available in three colors, with the option of a personalized hot stamp text.

  • Sizes: 5.5x8
  • Sides: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12
  • Binding: Layflat
  • Pages: Medium Board with a Laminate Glossy or Matte Finish
  • Cover: Designable Hard Cover with a Laminate Glossy or Matte Finish
  • USB/Keepsake Book Case: Designable Hard Cover with USB/Keepsake Display Holder with a Laminate Glossy or Matte Finish
  • Case: Smooth Black Pearl, Smooth Chocolate Brown Pearl, or Smooth Cream Pearl Slide-In Case with optional Gold or Silver Hot Stamp

DVD Media Case

Showcase your client's favorite images while presenting them with a disc of images or a video with the DVD Media Case. The fully designable case includes a white paper interior and a single or double DVD placeholder. A frosted plastic slide-in case completes this package and provides a view of the designed case while stored.

  • Size: 5.5x5
  • Cover: Designable Hard Cover with a Laminate Glossy or Matte Finish
  • Case: Frosted Plastic Slide-in Case

USB Media Case

Impress clients by presenting them with a USB drive in this beautiful USB Media Case. The fully designable case includes a black paper interior and a sleek clear acrylic USB holder that fits a variety of sizes and styles of USB* drives. A frosted plastic slide-in case completes this package and provides a view of the designed case while stored. * USB not included.

  • Size: 5.5x5
  • Cover: Designable Hard Cover with a Laminate Glossy or Matte Finish
  • Case: Frosted Plastic Slide-in Case

Gallery Box

The Gallery Box and accessories are a unique and eye-catching way to display favorite images while allowing for versatile display options that can be adjusted at anytime depending on a person's mood or vision. The Gallery Box comes in a variety of paper choices with an optional personalized hot stamp text and includes 12 mounted 5x7 images with a laminate glossy or matte finish. The printed cards are easily lifted out of the box with a satin ribbon.

  • Size: 5x7
  • Cards: 12 Printed Image Cards with a Laminate Glossy or Matte Finish
  • Box: Lift-Top Box with optional Gold or Silver Hot Stamp
  • Box Paper: Dotted Sand (cream bottom), Smooth Black Pearl (black bottom), Smooth Chocolate Pearl (black bottom), Smooth Cream Pearl (white bottom), Quilted Black Pearl (black bottom), Quilted Cream Pearl (cream bottom)
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