LIGHTROOM 4.4: Book module export errors

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Dear Lightroom Project Manager,

Book module "Export to PDF" and "Send Book to Blurb" tools basically don't work in Lightroom 4.4. I have a 140 page book which occasionally will export as a PDF (1 out of 10 times or so) and I have about the same success rate with sending the book to Blurb. Each attempt takes about 2 hours, so I've probably at least spent 20 hours on this so far. I was hoping to be done, but after my one successful upload, I discovered a few typos that needed to be revised so now I'm back to troubleshooting.

Things I've tried:
1. Reading the Lighroom blog for suggestions
2. Checking and unchecking "apply background globally"
3. Binary search to see which pages are causing problems. Basically making copies of my book that only include certain pages and exporting them to PDF
4. Deleting and rebuilding pages that seem to have problems
5. Exporting my book to a new catalog

I was thinking about upgrading to LR5, but based on the comments, it sounds like the Book module is still pretty buggy. Also, I downloaded a trial version of LR5 right when it came out, but my trial has expired. Is it possible to request a second 30-day trial to see if things have improved in LR5.3?

If you've got a tool that is this frustrating to use, could you at least generate an error log somewhere to aid in troubleshooting? Also, the ability to resume a partially exported book would save hours of work.

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Daniel Olson

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