I got last night the above message when trying to upload a book to blurb.
I have to say that I am extremely disappointed in LR with all the problems there are right now. I have worked on this picture and book project for more than 2 months and spent some hundred hours and in addition dealing with the other LR problems like the book module messing up problem and also the crashing during sync issue which has not been solved for weeks.
I have ben a super happy LR user since LR 3 and never had any technical issues until this fall. How is it possible that LR has turned from the best software into to the woorst and most unstable?
Is there anyhting to do regarding this book upload error or just to accept that I have wated a lot of time and will not be able to finish this now so close before the finish line? Please not that this is not my first book, I have made many before without having any problems uloading etc.
Anyway if this fails I think I will be out for LR and will go for another software.
the error message is exactly as in the title "Error uploading book to blurb" and it appeared after about 2/3 of the upload process being completed.
The format is Large landscape which I have used many times and the paper is Proline Pearl.
Page count 215
Thanks for the quick reply.
Is it possible for you to share the catalog[.lrcat] file?
Which we can look into and find the issue.
If possible, Upload it on any drive and share us the link through direct message.
Meanwhile, Please share a screenshot of the error message.
sorry I had to leave now for the office and my iMac with this problem is now at home.
The error message says just the test I posted.
This evening I can upload the catalogue file to dropbix or so for you but then you have to give me your personal mail address I guess or should I post my catalogue file here?
I am really stressed because of this because I use a lot of time and effort to complete this and really need to send these for printing.
Most times in the past week when I try to upload a book to Blurb it never completes; it completes uploading both the cover and the pages but stops at the "Waiting for Blurb Server Processing" step and never completes (I have left it for 8 hours on several occasions). This happens most times I try to upload from LR v7.5 or v8.0, only occasionally does it complete. This wasn't a problem until recently; I have used the book module very extensively ever since it was introduced and I have never had this problem until the past week.
After discussion with Blurb support I generated a pdf and uploaded that to Blurb directly and bypassed LR. This uploads at twice the speed of LR (probably because it uses a local Blurb server whereas LR uses a US server regardless of location or blurb account location?) and completes immediately so there is no problem with my internet connection or my Blurb account; the problem is in the LR/Blurb communication.
I am running Windows 10 (v10.0.17134); LR Classic CC v8.0 and v7.5 (to avoid 2 other bugs in v8.0); both get the same error. i7-6700K with 16GB RAM, loads of free disk space, 15GB RAW cache, etc so no limitations that should cause problems. I have published around 15 books from LR on Blurb in the past without this problem.
So I did the work-around of making a PDF and uploading it. During the upload to Blurb, I got the message: "[Cover PDF] Page 1: Dimensions are invalid. Its actual dimension is [27.208 in x 11.625 in]. The expected dimension is [27.028 in x 11.625 in]." I told Blurb to autofix it and everything seems ok.
I guess you might want to fix the cover size.
The only real drawback with this software is that it totally ignores your display profile. The colors are usually oversaturated. The colors that you see in the software are not the colors that will be printed. But if you import JPEG/sRGB images, there will be no surprise with the printed colors. If they are right in Lightroom, they will be printed right. When I first used Bookwright, I didn't click on the "order" button until I was sure that there was no problem with the colors. The support was of no help but some of my fellow photographers told me to ignore the colors displayed in Bookwright and to check them with any other color managed software. They were right. I recently ordered 30 copies of a book and everything was OK although the colors displayed in Bookwright were awful. This is not very comfortable but the result was OK.
BookSmart's Java UI was faster and cleaner than Lightroom's Lua. BS also had spellcheck and text search which I don't see in LR. BookSmart's flowing text was clever but buggy.
LR makes it easier to have captions. But LR in general is very buggy.
What features of BookWright do you like so much better that you put up with the incorrect colors (which is a surprise)?
The main reason I had for adopting Bookwright is a feature that no other book printing service could provide in their associated software : text flowing over pages. My book is a mix of photos and rather long texts. I really needed such a feature. Bookwright is not bug free and has a limited set of editing features but it's enough for what I had to do. It's not MS Publisher but it's OK. Writing long texts directly in Bookwright is not very comfortable so it's preferable to prepare the raw text in a text editor (not a word processor), to copy-paste it in a Bookwright text block and then to format it.
The Bookwright installer has an annoying bug : when a new version appears, it is supposed to update itself. However, once the download is completed, the installer fails with an access denied error (I'm running Windows 10 Pro 1909). So, each time I have to download the full installer and to run it as an administrator.
Although I'm rather satisfied with the Blurb service (with exception of the price), if I had been only driven by image quality, my choice would have been CeWe. But their associated software is unable to flow text over pages.