Here are some ideas I would like to see implemented in LR4

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Here are some ideas I would like to see implemented in LR4

My main workflow is Bridge to ACR to Photoshop. When I work in LR I like the database functionality of the library but changes I make to images from a folder stay in the LR library unless I export the file as a Original (raw) which doubles up my raw files in the original folder here I have my images stored according to job. Then I have to go and delete one of the RAW files - I would like to see a way to export XMP files only so that I can see LR changes to files in Bridge (including virtual copies) - I am one of those odd birds who likes to move between programs and my workflow happens to work best on dual monitors between Bridge and Photoshop - but I like the LR map module for reverse geo-tagging, and the Book Module (if it was trust worthy).

Speaking of the Book Module - (the reason I upgraded to LR4) - besides its serious and fatal flaw when copying and pasting text from one book to another causes the book layouts to disappear and be replaced by the LR4 default layout - THIS needs to be fixed!

HERE is what the book module also needs (as it falls short with out it) - as a professional - I need more flexibility on export. I understand there is a business arrangement with Blurb who helped design the templates in the book module and so of course all publishing must be through Blurb - BUT - I have needs to export to PDF with spreads for client review (currently PDF export only allows single pages - AND no options for size or quality - web, inkjet, offset...). Every other Adobe export to PDF offers a dialog window with PDF options. Please add that same window including custom set-up, to the LR4 export - I feel hamstrung the way it is now - sorry Blurb. I know I am not the only pro who feels this way.

While I am a big Blurb supporter and user, Blurb is not economical for commercial use or distribution (even on a small quantity output - which is fine for promotion and quality mock-ups but not if one wants to make any realistic profit) - given that, for self published works, I am planning out-put to electronic distribution and would like to see this as an option in the LR4 Book Module. Using Apples iBooks is not really as good an option because their templates are limiting and if one desires continuity of product across distribution (print/electronic), then there needs to be a program that meets these requirements - professionally speaking - and I am under the impression LR is suppose to be a professional program? Or am I missing something? InDesign is my go to now and after having two books lost from the Book Module in LR4, I have switched back to my previous workflow in book making. As I ramp up production for electronic distribution and sales of previous printed books made in InDesign, I will be looking for the best program in which I can maintain continuity - currently that is InDesign using PDF exports and conversions - though I confess I have not delved deeply enough yet into electronic production from InDesign which I was told is possible? Not sure yet as the electronic product plan is not set to launch until late May. So that is it for requests.

XMP export only to original files folder.

Fix the Book Module Lost Layout problem.

Add PDF export options including spreads and custom settings.

Electronic book output/conversion
(though not sure if I want LR converting CMYK to sRGB for me and will likely continue separate folders for output file types).

Jeff
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Jeffrey LeFever

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Seth Carnill

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The first problem is easy to solve I think.... Just select your images and press ctrl S (pc) or command S (mac) and an xmp file will be saved alongside the original raw fil which can be read by bridge.
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Sam, I will try that next time I am in LR - Thanks for that tip! If this does work, you have made me a happy man!

Jeff