Lightroom: Book's cover page photos lost after layout change

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Let's imagine you have selected that fancy more than 60+ photo template for your book's cover page. Let's imagine you have properly selected all those over than 60 photos, arranged them and adjusted their zoom & position. Let's imagine this took at least half an hour to do so. Now your cover page is perfect!

Now imagine that you want just to get information about the price change according to book cover type. So you switch between hardcover/image wrap to hardcover/dust jacket. NOW, WITHOUT ANY WARNING, YOU'VE COMPLETELY LOST ALL COVER PAGE LAYOUT EVEN WHEN YOU SWITCH BACK TO THE ORIGINAL LAYOUT!!! (I understand that's because changing cover means changing layout style and you select the first one from the list - which is only two photos layout - there is no "linked styles" feature with only mandatory minor changes on the page)

So this is my warning: make your decision about book style just before you prepare a cover page or you will loose all your work!!!

Now let's imagine you want to offer to your customer more options for ordering books. You'd like to offer them all ranges from hardcovers to soft ones. Even when you make up your mind and want to EXTEND hardcover/image wrap to hardcover/dust jacket (it means that you will have to put even more photos to this fancy layout), you will need to start from the scratch.

I hope there is a chance not to loose all your work by "remembering" layout style and trying to match them. I understand that changing cover style changes layout capabilities but when I have arranged more than 60 photos I'd like to keep them on their approx. places when I change from imagewrap to dust jacket and vice versa.

And if you cannot do that, just put a special warning to all those users who just want to get a price for another kind of cover and ask them if they want to loose all changes made on their cover pages!
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Dorin Nicolaescu-Musteață, Champion

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A simple Undo could have helped.
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Maybe it could in case you noticed the change when it happened. When you are just looking to the price change (and you don't have the whole book visible so there is no chance to see that the whole coverpage is broken) you won't notice.

I have realized it after a couple days and there is really no chance for Undo. That's why I call for an extra warning because you can react to that.

I hope Mac OS X Timemachine works and hope I won't loose all my coverpage work...
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Lightroom 4 - Blurb book creation.
Two issues, one is a bug (IMHO) and the other is a major issue.

Bug: When changing the page layout, or sometimes just adding a page, text will be lost. If it is more than just a line or two its a pain to re-type it again, especially given the second item:

Second item - there is no spell check available. Finding spelling errors before printing a relatively expensive book should be easy.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom 4 - Blurb book creation feedback (bug).