Lightroom Classic: Book Module - Please add ruler

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Just contacted Adobe Support and you do not have a ruler feature in the Book Module of LR Classic CC. Am trying to figure out the exact dimensions of a photo book, two-page spread of two-photo template and I can't. Blurb can give the overall dimensions of the page, but directs me to Adobe Support for the template elements. Adobe Support tells me I can't do it yet. Please consider adding this feature to the Book Module. Thank you.
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Since you may be waiting a long time, have you considered exporting said page to PDF? You could then check the file dimensions in PDF software, PS, etc. If that's the only reason you need a ruler, that's probably the quickest solution by a mile.
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Thanks for your suggestion. I did export to a PDF, but because I am using a two-page spread, it cuts it in half and it also doesn't show the various elements (bleed, trim line, photo box lines, etc.). And I tried to export to a jpeg and that's the same. So neither is of use to me for this purpose. And I tried even with a screenshot, but I can't even find out what the grid lines dimensions are. I was in touch with Blurb and found out that the "standard landscape book size" of 10 x 8 inches actually produces an exported PDF should measure (w x h)9.625 x 8.25 with a Page size / trim line (w x h) of 9.5 x 8.0. It gets very confusing to try and figure out what a two-spread will be with the bleed lines. And Blurb has basically told me that if I want the internal template measurements, I need to speak to Adobe Support, because they are part of Lightroom. So, I did that yesterday and Adobe doesn't provide that information in the Book Module, nor does it provide a ruler for one to figure it out there.
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It may add weight to your request if you could explain why you need to know that level of detail. The book module's been in since 2012 and this is the first time I've heard a request like that.
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I am happy to explain why. I do photography, so I like the editing capability of LR and PS. I have occasionally made books. About 1.5 years ago, I made a travel photo book and used the Book Module, publishing with Blurb, for over 100 copies. I want to make another travel photo book, but because my sister is a graphic designer, and had some good suggestions re the previous book, I wanted to include her in my process as I design my book. As a graphic designer, she requires exact measurements of all of the elements in a template. She uses Adobe Illustrator herself. I don't want her to develop new templates from scratch (although she is capable of it) since I want to avail myself of LR/PS integration to be able to make easy changes with the photos. But I thought it would be really easy to give her the measurements, so she can make some comments and I found it was not possible. Of course, there are ways which would take a ton of time to do so, but nothing easy. And if I change anything, then I am back to square zero.

When you are going to pay approximately $2,500 CAD for 100 copies of a book, you do want to make it the best you can. Maybe no one is making lots of copies, or no one has access to a graphic designer who is asking the pertinent, professional, questions. I don't know why no one has made such a request before.

As my sister explained to me, that when you have pre-made templates, some one else has programmed them and their graphic design capability might be limited. It certainly would is not something you can easily customize. A ruler is a really really simple feature and would make this process easier (and possible) for anyone looking for a more polished product.
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Apart from the issue above, I am trying to improve on my book. If anyone else wants some consultation with an expert on graphic design who can work with existing templates in the Book Module, you can contact: https://www.denyehrlich.com. Already her comments about using more white space on the left photo (of a 2-photo spread), right anchoring the left photo on the upper right side, left anchoring the small right photo on the upper left side, where to place the text, using 50% gray because black text takes too much attention off of photos, not using the page numbers which are distracting, is making my book look at lot more professional. . Here is an example. We're still working on the type but you get the "picture."