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Lightroom: Ability to create custom book templates/sizes from scratch

Provide a way to create new pages completely from scratch by laying out the position of the picture frames and text frames instead of using just the provided templates. I like to do my own layouts that match the text.

Also can we have double page layouts where they are linked and cannot be broken apart.
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    Custom Page Size is really required. Blurb's printing service is a joke, no good quality at all.
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    I don't have an issue with Blurb, their quality is ok, though they are a bit behind the times as they don't do a lie-flat page option.

    The only issue I have is that we don't have any sensible control over page layouts and I simply can't do the designs I want to in the book module compared to the stand-alone book creator, which makes it worthless to me.

    The really annoying thing is that level of control is there in the print module already!
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    I agree. We need flexible layouts. In addition we need layouts on various size papers. I wanted to do a layout on 8.5 x 11 paper and Blurb doesn't allow it, just 8 x 10. We should be able to do layouts like the Print module.
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    I haven't used Book in Lighroom for a while and imagine my surprise when trying the new version and discovering that it's become much more restrictive with the latest updates.

    Doesn't Adobe care about the users outside of the US? I don't know what Blurb is and don't care...and everyone needs more size options to choose from.

    Maybe I missed on something, but now when I exported a page from Book as jpg I couldn't choose a size for it, and I got a jpg size 693 × 594 which is way too small for my needs.

    Anyone have some tips for this? Where did I go wrong?
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    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Lightroom 5: Custom book and page sizes for folks that don't use Blurb..


    Book module desperately needs, at the very least, user defined custom page sizes (forget the book cover) when printing to JPEG and not to Blurb. Let users define the page size or spread the safe guides for bleed. The automation included in the book module is fantastic and would save untold amounts of time manually doing book layout for printing to professional labs and bookbinders. At the moment there's no way to create anything other than Blurb's standard book sizes even if you're not using Blurb. Nuts.
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    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Lightroom 4: Book publisher variety, Please!.


    I'd like to point out that, in Lightroom 4 beta, allowing a book to be exported as a PDF is probably worthless. As most book publishers manage to have unique book sizes, only Blurb has the sizes in the current book module. This wouldn't be worth diddly as a PDF sent to another publisher. Please consider either incorporating proper templates for more book publishers or allowing plugins from those publishers that will let the user determine where they want their book produced. Did you notice that Blurb uses CMYK?????? Not nice when coming from ProPhoto RGB.
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    I have given up on Adobe on this one. They have all the tools to make this very slick.

    We have all the metadata in the Lightroom catelog, but cannot place it properly on the printed page in the Print Module.

    We get tiny incremental improvements to the book module, but Adobe do not seem to be prepared to address the elephant in the room, which is.... allow text boxes and image boxes to be placed as the user wishes on a book page and allow these book pages to be used as a template. Ok... the intial design of the book module may have been flawed from this perspective to get a sub optimal (I am been gentle) product to market, but there has been ample opportunity to correct this by now.
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    Obviously Adobe has had bigger fish to fry, such as creating and launching the Creative Cloud (no small undertaking) - then weathering the outrage from photographers related to the price of the Cloud (now re-mediated by the Photographers subscription plan).

    I have no insights into Adobe (although I worked for them for 4 years in the 90's) but my speculation goes like this.

    1) Adobe decided to compete with other consumer image SW products in the non standard output arena and decided to do books and web.

    2) As Adobe is not a "printing" lab, they needed a partner to do the actual printing.

    3) They did some research and were able to cut the best deal with Blurb. Perhaps with constraints and restrictions (exclusivity for a number of years?). But certainly with estimates of the new business Blurb would get (what's in it for Blurb)

    4) To meet the next release date for LR, they slammed together what they could in the short amount of time available as most of the time had slipped away negotiating with Blurb and probably other vendors. Anyone who's worked on projects for big corporations know what I'm talking about on this one.

    5) Uptake by users was not as vigorous as anticipated (perhaps due in part to the weak implementation).

    6) Some Harvard MBA was brought in and did an analysis that determined in this day and age of everything "Cloud" and "Kindle", the market for physical books was not likely to grow very much and that this was not the place for continued investment, especially as it may take resources away from the development and launch of the CC and other projects centered around electronic delivery of media

    7) CC launched and as with all such things has taken the best part of a year for the dust to settle

    8) Now, (several years after Book Module first appeared), usage has not increased (self fulfilling prophecy from consultant?) and Blurb is pissed that the work they put into the book module implementation has not resulted in the expected new revenue. So, even if Adobe approached them with Part B, they may not be interested in throwing good money after bad. And, Adobe may be thinking the same thing.

    9) Result: Don't expect much (if anything)

    Anyway - That's the screen play as I image it played out.
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    Thanks for the detailed response. I have got past the point where I have any expectations in this area.

    It is fairly sad that the Blurb standalone software is better than the Adobe book module in most respects. I suspect a lot more money has been spent on the Adobe Book module, but in my view their application architect got it wrong, so a lot of money wasted.

    I also think a service provider should do a job properly or not do it at all. Half baked software is worse than half baked food.

    I do not know who was looking for Maps module, but possible the same MBA was in on this. If the effort to produce the map modudule was invested in the book module then maybe we would have a book module which drives throughput. As far as I am concerned, these modules just bloat the basic app.

    I know it is early days for the ipad module, but why have all the Develop features in a machine which is hardware constrained and ignore the very basic Library features, especially ranking, which the ipad has the potential to do a good job. So, the iPad module is also a non runner for me. I am not overly upset about this, I can bring a MacAir when I need to. I assume it will evolve with time, as solid state devices become the norm. Right now I only use the Library, Develop and occasionally the Print Module.

    The best present I could hope for in LR 6 would be add real world usability to the Print Module, Book Module and the Library component of the iPad module. Version 7 can explore new modules again if the marketing people need to tick a few more boxes.
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    Actually I do make use the MAP module and am satisfied with it's implementation. I geo-encode all my images. I was doing this way prior the introduction of the Map Module using external software (I capture tracklog data with a WBT202 device and use GeoSetter SW to add coordinates and location keywords to image files). The map module can do pretty much the same thing although it doesn't have quite as many bells and whistles. Out of habit I continue using my old workflow but have replicated it with the Map Module to see if it worked. Even though I don't use the Map Module to do the actual encoding, I do use it for finding my images and tweaking locations.

    I 100% agree about the need for Metadata management capability in the LR Mobile, but before that they need to expand to the Android OS (I think this first release is Apple only). I do find it quite puzzling that the main usage of LR (as an image management tool) was not included in V1. But, this certainly now answers the question of "why did they bother with smart previews" a release ago. Obviously LR Mobile was on the drawing board and this was a critical component to make it work. They already had "Export from catalog" and "Import from Catalog" so I'm not sure what the road block was in including Library module functionality (or at least keywords, rating and ranking) in V1.
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    I was very excited about the ability to add gps data to images a long time before Lightroom existed and had this embedded in my workflow. I purchased various tools based on their ability to handle gps data. Now, if I need a gps tag I simply take a photo with my iPhone. I set my cameras to UTC, irrespective of what part of the world I may be in, so it is always easy to reverse geo tag any image. I have a bunch of gps devices, some quite expensive, collecting dust in a dark corner somewhere.

    I think Smart PreViews are a smart move for lots of reasons. Maybe some day they may provide the basis for an enterprise and properly networked version of Lightroom with a real database back end.

    I am very critical of the incompleteness of the Print and Book module because these are basic workflow needs. Kudos to Adobe for releasing the iPad module in Ver 5 (even though in my view it is incomplete and really a beta test drive for hopefully more mature functionality in LR 6). If the rating flags were included I could use this app, as it stands LR mobile is just a pretty a icon on my iPad. How
    frustrating.
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    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Feature request: custom photo book layouts in lightroom like Aperature has..


    I've been an avid Lightroom user since the first beta. And I recently took a class that helped me see the importance of making photo books for my clients. However, when I tried to make a photo book in Lightroom, I discovered that most online clients gave me much more ability to customize my layout that Lightroom. And I'm currently considering a switch to Aperture since finding that it handles this need to fully customize photo pages and spreads with ease.
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    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    LR5 book module - custom book size.


    Lightroom is a fantastic tool in my workflow, and it would be great if there would be an easy way to create custom sized books. I'm printing most of the photos with an epson 4800 in different formats, or using other services than blurb (as probably most of lightroom users). So now - it is extremely inconvenient trying to modify the .lua profiles or exporting the photos to other applications like acdsee fotoslate.

    Adding this simple 'custom size book' feature would improve lightroom as a tool for many photographers and book designers.

    The integration with blurb is fantastic, but you are limiting your great book module to a blurb book module, which for most users doesn't make sense.

    Is it possible to include 'custom sized books' option in the near update to lightroom?
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    I would love to have a better book module in lightroom. I offer wedding albums to clients and like to completely stay within lightroom to edit the album. I wish there was a way to build your own templates and put photos anywhere. I also would like the option to export as a spread instead of individual pages.
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    What I don't get is why Adobe and Blurb went half-$!@$%.

    1. You've limited book options. Not all sizes are in there.
    2. You sort of allow custom layouts, but not really. You can make the layout smaller only and you can only adjust it from the center.
    3. Yeah, the PDF option???? Who's that for?

    Besides that, it's such a convenience to make a book in LR.

    But why limit it? Why?
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    I can only assume a proper Book Module will limit sales of InDesign. I use InDesign, but can see massive advantages to having a proper Book module inside of Lightroom. Alternatively, I would gladly pay for a new module or application which did a proper job of providing book generating features, where I do not have to generate intermediate jpgs and sharpen them correctly for the final output size.

    I sense Adobe got the design wrong at the start, but there has been multiple opportunities to correct this by now, therefore I feel Adobe are happy to leave the book module crippled.

    A statement from Adobe on their plans for the Book module might be helpful.

    The only new feature I see myself using with CC 2014, despite the fanfare, is the rating option in Lightroom mobile and then only occasionally. Adobe's implementation of the Book Module has been a lost opportunity. With 90% of the effort invested! why Adobe do you not finish it properly.
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    Yeah, good thoughts.
    If you're gonna do it, do it right. Otherwise don't offer it at all.

    If you're worried about InDesign, then just scrap the book module.

    Bigger issue is that Adobe really has no competition right now.

    I wish Aperture kept it going and offered a comprehensive system for Pro photographers with the ability to design books for all the major vendors built in as well as fully functioning plug ins for all the online gallery site.

    Adobe is now just trying to sell to everyone and is losing sight of the larger picture for pros. That's just my opinion and I am very frustrated.
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  • I have deep skills in application development for small medium and global enterprises. It saddens me to the core that Adobe give lip service to the principle of efficient workflow, but mostly they talk the talk, not walk the walk. I can outline so many examples. They go to the 95% in so many areas and then jump on the next fashion wave before they finish a job properly.

    I will await the next release of Lightroom before commenting any further.

    Frustrated and depressed.
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  • HI Matt,

    Exactly!

    Hey, want to get even more frustrated? Check out Zenfolio, Smugmug, Photoshelter, etal...

    If you ever want to develop something, let me know. I have ideas. Seriously.

    My rants...
    https://vimeo.com/channels/768091
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    Dear Adobe,

    How good is Blurb in bed? Just curious. (I mean, I suppose they must be pretty exciting, since they're definitely not much to look at..)

    Anyway, looking forward to a professional book publishing feature whenever you guys finish.

    -MT
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    • Butch - There are really only 3 options for Adobe short of them opening their own printing lab. One is to create an output file for each "blessed" lab that is in a proprietary structure of that lab's specifications (the approach taken by Adobe for only Blurb, so far). The second option is to out put pages in an open format such as PDF, TIFF, JPG or some other universally understood file type for the industry. And, third is to create their own format (like they did for PDF and PSD), publish it and let any print lab that desires business from LR users to figure out how to make books from that format.

      Now, Commercial SW development is a costly endeavor and before any company invests in major development efforts they must convince themselves they will get a positive return on that investment. In addition, if they can get another company to foot part of the cost, so much the better. So, I imagine, the Adobe folks said "do we really think that we'll sell enough Lightroom licenses that would not otherwise have been purchased to offset the cost of developing our own file type in addition to the cost of developing the Book Module itself?" No.

      OK then what about recouping the cost of the Module if we output to PDF or TIFF or JPG? Well, that's a better proposition but probably still not a profitable one considering the cost of developing the Book Module itself..

      So, what about getting a third party to foot a bunch of the development cost? Well that sounds good but how do we convince them to do that? Well, we'll have to cut a contract with them that we won't do the same thing with any of their competitors for a certain number of years. Maybe then their potential new business would be attractive enough to chip in a significant amount of development dollars.

      So, boys and girls, that's probably what they did, and is why we're stuck with ONLY blurb + PDF in the book module. BTW PDF can be used as an input file for some other publishers.

      What will it take to get custom page capability at this point? I assume we'll have to wait for the exclusion clause of the Blurb contract to expire then see if another company steps up to the plate with enough development dollars to fund the implementation of custom pages - Again, for another exclusivity period.

      Does what I'm saying make sense? I'm saying this not from any direct knowledge but as an IT executive of over 40 yeas - Including 5 years at Adobe itself (Mid 90's) and a good sense of how these things play out.
    • Sorry ... your analogy is pure poppycock. Did Adobe have to open a printing lab for their other apps? Seriously? You expect me to accept that as the situation?

      Did they have to invent their own line of inkjet printers so they could develop the Print Module? See how ridiculous that sounds?

      The only "proprietary" constraints of individual print houses are page , margin and bleed dimensions ... all other apps ever developed by Adobe in the print publication industry offer this capability. It is nothing new or extremely costly to create. If it were ... there would be considerably less available in many of their current offerings.

      Adobe can create documents with text and graphics in other apps .... like say InDesign, Acrobat, etc. ... and export files from those very apps that then can be utilized by a near infinite number of print houses? It's done every day for millions of customers by thousands of print houses. Yet, you expect me to believe it far to costly and difficult to do so in Lightroom?

      I don't know for a fact, but I would wager the the very document that Lightroom exports to Blurb for printing is exactly an industry standard PDF. Additionally any PDF page can be converted to a high quality jpeg ... which either file type is what is used by EVERY high end photo album and book print house in the industry that serves wedding and portrait photographers.

      I'm sorry ... but the solution is definitely not super expensive, intricate and near impossible rocket science.

      The Book module should have NEVER been constrained to a single vendor. There was no legitimate reason to do so. Period.

      Any difficulty Adobe is experiencing in this instance is self-imposed by choice ... not by circumstance of incredible difficulty.

      I totally agree with you that the only reason I can come up with for the absurd decision is either Adobe is receiving a kickback from Blurb for every book printed .... or that Blurb underwrote the development of the module.

      Either way ... as long as we can not set our own document page sizes, margins and bleeds ... the Book module is of little to no use to a great many Lightroom users that wish to offer their clients products other than Blurb. Hence, those users are being cheated for they pay the same rate for the software as other customers.

      If my concept of the situation is off the mark ... Please explain how Apple was able to offer both in-app ordering and custom exporting for ordering from the vendor choice in Aperture more than 5 years ago ... Is Apple really that much better at software development than Adobe? (The last question is of course rhetorical to prove a point.)
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  • I see we agree that there is probably a monetary "Arrangement" between Adobe and Blurb involved in the issue. I extend that thought to include some sort of exclusivity agreement for a period of time.

    LR does allow PDF output of books which, as you correctly point out opens the door to other companies.

    I don't particularly concur with your opening paragraphs though. A print lab is a somewhat different animal than a home printer. Not that the printing is inherently different but the interface between the author and publisher is. With a home printer, they've pretty much standardized the data stream format (post script?) across all platforms and vendors and this works pretty well for printers connected directly or through LAN's to the computer.

    However, I'm not sure the situation is as uniform in the commercial publishing business - I'm not saying it isn't, I just don't know.

    But however you slice it, there must be a fundamental underlying reason that Adobe has not chosen to improve their first version of the book module by allowing additional output formats, dynamic book sizing, custom layouts, or even multiple print lab vendors. In my experience, whenever a corporation makes decisions to either do something or, as in this case, not do something it is either based on contractual requirements (e.g., agreement with Blurb) or they just don't see a positive return on investment - or not "as positive" as something else they want to do like implementing the CC.
    • Getting the document data to the printer is no different for a commercial printer than it is for someone printing to their own LAN connected printer ... Actually, a commercial printer will in all likelihood have tighter integration than most casual Lr users ...

      The ability to export PDF and/or Jpeg files from the Book module is a cruel joke ... of as long as the user can not stipulate page dimensions ... it is an exercise in futility to prepare files for a non Blurb process.

      I'm just surprised that ... 1) Adobe won't publicly admit they struck a deal with Blurb. 2) They actually think we are so stupid not to realize it is indeed the situation.

      Either way. Blurb isn't receiving a direct profit from me ... and I'm growing more reluctant to trust Adobe to offer tools I can actually depend upon.

      In fact, the only modules I have turned on in Lr are Library, Develop and Print ... not because I wouldn't be inclined to use the others ... but in their current sate, they are utterly useless for my needs.
    • You are making very good points. Adobe does not seem to care. Lightroom 6 did not add anything to the book module.
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    I understand that Lightroom doesn't want to give custom page sizes because then Blurb would lose their exclusivity. However, once we are using Blurb why cant we have all the design options that the real Blurb has? Why go only halfway and leave the a great idea unfinished?
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    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled We are still waiting for a completely flexible Book Module!.

    Adobe, why oh why haven't you introduced a flexible Book module? The forums are full of this complaint. I don't use LR book module as it doesn't allow for flexible text and photo layouts. One should be able to create a page layout to suit the purpose. I have to rely on outside sources for my books. If your Book Module stats are down, that's why.
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    A more flexible book module would have been much more useful than other features in version 6 like face recognition.
    Why is Adobe giving priority to promoting Blurb instead of giving customers the ability to create book pages with custom page sizes and custom layouts that can be printed with other suppliers?
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    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Flexible book layout.

    Could we have the ability to take Lightroom's page layouts and be able to move around the photo cells? I love the layouts that we are given but sometimes I need to move a picture over to make the book balance. I know that Blurb's software gives you this ability, so I would love if we could have it too.
    • This is the fundamental flaw with the book module and has been since its inception. The padding option is just that ...padding. The option to move cells should be there for text and images, on individual book pages and also the ability to apply same editing options to template pages.

      The native Blurb app is better than the Adobe book module, but we are then forced to create massive amounts of intermediate work files. If we then need to adjust the size of an image we have to re-create the image again, if you want to be careful re your sharpening settings. Nightmare stuff.
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    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Add a flexible book module with flexible page sizes and custom layouts to the nex....

    Adobe should admit that it was a mistake to continue offering a book module that can only be used with Blurb. This is like restricting printing to a single print service.
    It would be very simple to add basic flexibility for defining book page sizes and custom layouts, at least as already offered in the print module.
    Is Abobe's relationship with Blurb more important than Abobe's customers?
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  • I'm pretty sure that they have some sort of a deal with blurb. I now think of it as the "Blurb Module" and it helps me. As a blurb module it does do extra stuff that makes it helpful. But as a book model it is very disappointing and does not serve much if any real purpose. As a new user who reads what is in Lightroom, like I did when I started this thread, it is frustrating, as I had expectations of being able to design a book or album in Lightroom.

    Maybe instead they could just change the name and stop advertising it as if it is something that a pro could use for a client, and make it more of an extra that someone might use if they happen to want to make their own little book, or to make a quick on screen demo for a client of what their book might look like, then it would be pretty cool.
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    I agree with most of the points here.

    1. I use InDesign but would prefer to do books in Lightroom for lots of workflow efficiency reasons.
    2. I am not overly concerned re Blurb, but I agree ... it should be called the Blurb module.
    3. My personal nickname for Adobe is Adobe 80%. Adobe do a good job doing the first 80% and then get lost and take another 10 years to do the next 10% and so on. So, so many examples across the entire creative suite.
    4. I am depressed as usual that the Book module has been left literally "on the shelf".
    5. It is clear that a lot of effort went into the initial book module, a pity its overall template design was so badly flawed and misconceived.
    6. A lot of good stuff under the hood in Lr6 / CC. The only new feature I see useful is the panorama merge, clever to hold the details in a dng file. As this was already in Photoshop, most of the new features are badly needed improvements in the core architecture of Lr. Having waited patiently so long for a new release, I have to say I am disappointed.
    7. I do not use the Book module. Lots of people I know avoid this module also.
    8. I can create really good pdf's. word docs, html pages using Microsoft MailMerge with Word or Publisher. It is really simple to create a page template and merge with a file created by John Beardsworth Lightroom plug-in called ListView. This does a good job for me of placing images on a page with professionally formatted Title, Caption, Date,Time, Copyright info relative to the image. To me this is a sad workaround. Adobe could so easily do the right thing here.
    9. I still do not understand why the mobile version does not allow me enter metadata and lock an image if I am happy with its current status from further developments. This is real usable stuff.

    I suspect many people who are serious about books already have InDesign. I would be happy to pay for a pro version of Lightroom which had a functional book module. Also, I would happy to purchase a dedicated Book app.

    So, I will set the alarm clock for another 2 years or so and see what the next version will bring.
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    • Listiew provides the Metadata of your choice from Lightroom in an Excel or text file which you can then use to merge with a Photoshop, InDesign, Word or Publisher mailmerge style document. I have used all of these options. The disadvantage is that you can only use a single template, so not good for books. The disadvantage of Photoshop and InDesign is that the workflow is tedious (I have written JavaScript to automate this in InDesign and Photoshop, but still tedious) and you can only work with a single template page layout at a time. The advantage of Word is that I can run a script to get rid of the soft page breaks, so I end up with a document which has a flow of photographs, with professionally constructed Titles, Captions, Location, Date/Time, Copyright, etc. This is perfect for creating PDF documents or web pages, where I can use the full editing power of Word or Publisher to adjust the layout to my needs with the perfect marriage of image and metadata, perfectly formatted.

      What is really aggravating is that Adobe provide us with the tools to manage metadata with an image, but seriously constrain our ability to use the metadata with our images. The annoying thing is that the feature is in the Slideshow module (which I do not use) but not in the Print module, which I use all the time. The Book module is crippled, so do not use that. I use JavaScript + Mailmerge + Photoshop to produce high quality PSD's for printing of images, but the techniques I use are beyond the scope of most Creative Suite users. Shame on Adobe for making it so difficult for us to work with our images and metadata.

      A tip re Listview. There is a setting which allows you replace a space by another character (eg underscore) in column titles, to make mail merges less painful.

      I would love to spend a month with the Adobe Lightroom and Creative team to show them what really needs improvement to streamline workflow for the serious user.

      Sorry for the long post... but I thought this info might be useful to you. You can email me directly if you want to ask any specific questions. I
    • Thank you very much for for explaining
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    Following the release of Lr6, I am just reviewing my personal wish list relative to the top requests in this forum. I notice this is in the top 10 requested by users to Adobe, but has been ignored completely in LR6.

    This request was originally posted more than 3 years ago.
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    Searching the web about this topic I found some information about the possibility of creating custom page sizes and templates for the book module by editing template LUA files that can be found in the Program files\Adobe\Lightroom folder.

    I have not tried it yet, but if it works, it would help in cases when when the user needs just a few custom templates and book sizes, and it is willing to go through the trouble of creating these templates.

    You can find some information at:
    https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1254145
    http://www.lightroomforums.net/showth...
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    When the Book module was launched initially and this issue arose, Adobe promised publically on one of their forums that they would publish a means by which templates could be adjusted. As far as I am aware (and I am eagerly open to correction) that has never happed.

    For me, modifying templates is just a poor workaround. It will cause an iterative approach to dealing with small adjustments needed on individual pages, depending on the nature and size of images and text. It would be worse than the "padding" solution. Real world needs the ability to tweak templates on the fly on a page by page basis, and if the need applies tweak and save the relevant template as well.

    As there was not an official Adobe means to deal with this I can use InDesign. As this is too labour intensive for me most of the time, I only produce books under extreme duress. If the Book module was more usable, I would create a book for every project I do, trip I take, etc. Bottom line, if Adobe are getting a percentage of revenue from Blurb for books created from the Book module then they are losing at least 95% of the potential.

    Thanks for the links, I will explore later in the week, when I will have some breathing space.
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  • Based on the methods Santiago linked to above, a while back, I started working on a web based tool that would allow at least for the creation of custom templates.

    The idea was to use this tool to create custom layouts, download the template file that you would add to Lightroom's templates folder, and then use them as needed inside Lightroom's Book Module.

    I went as far as having a working user interface prototype, but then stopped working on it because I was sure Adobe would include it in the new Lightroom version.

    This wasn't the case, so now I am thinking maybe I could resume working on it. You may view a preview here: http://pagebuilder.27shutterclicks.com

    The struggle I was having with it was finding a way to convert jquery into Lua, maybe via some kind of parser that would allow for the generation of the needed file.

    Since I am not that familiar with Lua, I was wondering if anyone else had any suggestions on how to go about it. I know there are some skilled people around here that are more familiar with Lua tools and Lightroom development.
    • It may be possible to do a custom template editor as a Lightroom plug-in. This would be the best option, but it would take a significant amount of work to make it general, and Adobe can make that work useless anytime by offering an updated book module. It would be nice to know what Adobe's plans are.
      I am not familiar with LUA. However, modifying the template files seems relatively simple once you know the numerical values defining the page size and position of the photo cells within the page. Calculating the position is easy, if based on number of rows, columns, margins and space between cells as in the print module. I will try this at some point. Having your GUI would be helpful, it could also create the jpeg files in the template folder.
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