Lightroom Book module text safe area and grid

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The "test safe" area as shown in the Lightroom book module is different for the outside/inside margins as compared to Blurb's BookWright software or the InDesign plugin?

Using either the InDesign plugin or BookWright both show the text safe margins for a Large landscape book as follows:
    Top/bottom 1/4"(18pt) to the page edge/start of the bleed area
    Outside edge is also 1/4" (18pt)
    Inside edge to the page fold is 1/2 " (36pt)

In Lightroom the top/bottom margins are ok, but the outside margins are double @ 36pt and the inside one is ~12pt larger? (as LR has no rulers used the cell photo borders to judge dimensions)

Also the page grid seems to have an origin in the bottom left corner vs a more 'standard' origin of the top left? Would it be possible to be able to reposition it?
When using 'snap to grid' it would be nice to balance photos top/bottom- left/right if the grid was centered to the page. (failing that being able to 'nudge' the cell position with cursor keys by 1 pixel would help)

I guess the grid placement is more important as the 'text safe' area is just a visual guide only? and photo cells do not seem to 'snap' to it.




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I can't speak to the margins and grid, Bruce, but you can nudge cells with Alt/Opt + arrow keys - though I don't know what the unit is. You have to turn snap off first - now that I see this, I think that nudging should work regardless.  

For me snapping to the grid works, but as follows: moving a cell side horizontally, the left edge of the cell snaps; moving it vertically, the top edge snaps. Note that it is the cell that snaps, not the photo within the cell.
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Thanks for the alt+arrow info!!!
I got it to work with Grid/Cell snap off, it did not work with either one turned on.
Now I can do rough placements with grid snap then turn it off and fine tune it.
(Just one other thing to wait for Adobe to fix is the left/right scroll when at 4:1)

FYI For the increment I got ~16 divisions of a grid square and that is about ~12pt - based on using a Photo Border @4:1 zoom... so about 0.75pt per step
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You're welcome, Bruce - I'm glad you found the info helpful. I also found that nudging doesn't work with snap on ... and I'm hoping that Adobe will reconsider this. I appreciate that your question led me to learn this tidbit.  Thanks also for calculating the increment!