Lightroom Book Module Individual Photo Zoom

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I was a long-time BookSmart user until Blurb made the dubious decision to do a total rewrite into Bookwright. So I took the opportunity to do a big project in the Lightroom CC Book Module. So far it is pretty good if kind of fiddly even on a 30-inch 2560 x 1600 screen.

One particularly fiddly thing is getting a photo to zoom within its cell. The horizontal zoom scroll bar only scrolls in integer percentages, which is not fine enough. May we please get a more continuous zoom range, at least to a tenth of a percent?

And the scroll bar itself is a pain. It is very hard to zoom at the minimum quantum -- usually the bar jumps several percent with a tiny mouse move. And keystrokes are no help. Even if I manage to give the zoom-scroll the focus, arrow keys just jump from 0% to 100%. May we please get a more ergonomic zoom bar? The simplest thing would be to just make it bigger.

(What else is fiddly? I am glad you asked. Setting photo text is hard because it comes up in a super-tiny text box. One has to be dead certain that this text box has the focus before typing, because every alphabetic key is a command in Lightroom! If one types merrily away without the focus, Lightroom can go into some crazy unknown state.)

(You want even more fiddly feedback? Good! Giving a page the focus tends to move the photo in the cell in which you click, even if you barely drag the mouse. In Windows-native widgets, typically the first click gives focus, and you have to click again to move or select. This is more ergonomic and less fiddly.)

Thanks
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Erich Schlaikjer

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Greetings,

Thank you for your enthusiasm for the Lightroom family of products. For your Ideas to gain more prominent notice and have maximum impact with the team, there are a few things you could do to help.

Ideas, or feature requests as some call them, work like this on the Feedback Forum:  Each individual Idea is single post anchoring a thread. All of the people who have a similar idea and relate their rational will be merged into a single master post that contains all the comments on a single topic.  This has a few advantages:

1. It gives Adobe a place to accumulate votes (by either creating a thread that is merged into the master thread or by hitting the [Me Too] button in the upper right corner. Adobe can see at a glance, search for, and rank the top features being requested without having to search for scattered posts. The engineering staff can read the user’s comments and divine the best ways to implement a given request.

2. By being a part of this master Idea thread, when an Idea comes to fruition and becomes an active feature in the software, Adobe updates this thread. Participants in the thread, those who’ve been merged in and those who have hit the [Me Too] button will be notified by email to updates and feature announcements related to the original request.

You can help us out by doing a few things to maximize your ideas’ impact.  First, if you have an idea, search to see if idea is already posted as a formal Idea. If it is, hit the [Me Too] button and if you like add your individual comments to the thread. Second, if you don’t find the idea is already posted, create a new thread and post your idea for a new feature.  Please keep the Ideas as one idea per thread so that we can merge them with the correct master threads if necessary.  We don’t have a way to merge an Idea into multiple threads so if you make multiple feature requests in a single post, it is likely to get lost in the shuffle, lessening its impact, 
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Erich Schlaikjer

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This looks like a boilerplate post, but I will reply.

I did't post an idea, I posted some problems. Or when you say "idea" do you not mean the technical categories of these posts ("question", "idea", "problem", and "praise")?

If you are addressing the extra problems that I put in parentheses then I agree they should probably go in separate posts. However, they do have a common theme. And, uh, it feels almost unduly optimistic to award each problem a separate post.

I always search existing posts before I add anything new. Did I miss some relevant ones here?

Thanks.
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You are requesting changes to As-Designed behavior. That makes it an Idea (Feature Request). Problem is for Bugs (Not working as designed).

I am just trying to help you get maximum impact from your ideas. 
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Erich Schlaikjer

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I appreciate your advice. Thank you.

(I don't suppose it is always possible to know what is by design and what is not. But I will do my best.)
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If you don't find an existing thread, it is probably as-designed. 
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Erich, I am not sure if you know of these-
1)  Book Photo zoom:  Hold down the [Shift] key as you drag the slider. It allows finer control.
2)  Photo Text:  Go straight to the 'Type' panel and move the 'Size' slider up to something reasonable (eg. 50pt) then you have a larger text box and larger text.
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1) I love it! The zoom seems to buffer up (i.e. it keeps happening after I release the mouse) but I won't quibble. A big improvement. I must try and see if this works on all sliders.  I wonder where this secret is documented.

2) Yeah, that's an ok work-around. Increase the size, then decrease it again.

Thanks!!