Lightroom: Sending Book to Blurb sometimes hangs for hours

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Trying to upload a book to Blurb using LR 5 (Win 7). I click on the Send Book to Blurb button and sometimes nothing happens. Other times, I will get progress bar in upper left that says "Uploading to Blurb..." but nothing happens--no progress indication even after 2 hours. My primary objective to to upload a 188 page book, but I've also tried a 12 page 7x7 in soft cover book and I get the same lack of progress.LR will make PDFs without any problems.I've made books using the Book module in LR4 without any problems. I've even tried uploading the same book I made using LR4 to no avail.Anybody have any ideas of what is wrong? Are there any alternatives/work-arounds?
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Dan Roeder

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Richard Henley

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Only 2 hours to upload a 188 page book ? Are you expecting miracles from Blurb ?

Have you tried waiting longer ?

Are you sure you are logged in properly ? I think I had to exit LR and restart it for Blurb to allow me in.
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Dan Roeder

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I've also tried a 12 page book. Waited an hour, with no progress in the progress bar.

How does one log in? I have never seen or heard anything about logging in to Blurb. If I need to log in, why don't I get an error or warning message saying I need to log in? I've been trying this for over a week, so I've been in and out of Lightroom many times.
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Dan Roeder

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I've gone back and looked at a Lightroom book I have and I see where one is supposed to sign into Blurb. I never get that dialog box.
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Well that would be a problem. You can't upload until you are logged in.

I had a problem with 5.2RC, attempting to login to Blurb. But that stalemate cleared up somehow by restarting lightroom.

Try moving the main window to see if a Blurb login window is hidden. If you are not using 5.2, you might want to start.
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I have a 112 page doc. Have had success in lt4.
LT5 does not prompt for blurb password.
When uploading I think it hangs looking for the blurb drop box.
Very annoyed by " no known problem" statement from blurb and adobe.
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I've got the same problem, and spent lot of my time.
SOLVED in this way renaming the :
C:\Users\_YOURUSERNAME_\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom in dot OLD.
Restarting LR it rebuilds the folder,
first run of blurb export asks blurb credentials.

Enjoy !
Stefano
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Dan Roeder

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Stefano--

Can you explain this a little more? Is there a file that needs to be renamed or the folder? What will happen when you restart LR?

Thanks,
Dan
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Stefano - you made my day! Many thanx!

@Dan: you need to rename the entire FOLDER (or move it to another location for that matter). LR will then create a new environment so you will need to re-register at Adobe and also at Blurb. You will also have to reinstall your plug-ins such as Nik Filter.

Cheers,
Dieter
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Renaming C:\Users\_YOURUSERNAME_\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom and then starting Lightroom rendered a complete restart of Lightroom as a new install. Do not create or overwrite any folders by mistake. The best way should probably be to double-click the .lrcat catalogue file that you want to start with. Anyway, it solved the problem and now I can upload to Blurb again! So far, I amnot sure what settings and pre-sets I lost in the process, bu at least my image catalogue and all metadata are intact, including the books. Thanks a lot!
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Dan Roeder

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OK, I did this and I got it to work. However, the new Lightroom folder has only 12 subfolders in it, compared to the 33 subfolders in my original Lightroom folder. And, all my preferences, settings, templates, presets, etc are gone.

So, I thought I would just copy all the folders from my original folder to the new folder to get everything back. Well, everything came back, including the problem. So, I tried it again. This time, after LR built the new Lightroom folder, I added back only one folder at a time and checked to see if I could upload to Blurb. As it turned out, as soon as I copied the Preferences folder back, boom, could not upload to Blurb.

So, the question is Adobe, what did you do to the Preferences file/folder such that it makes uploading to Blurb not work? Is there a way to reset the Preferences file and clean it up AND put it back to the way I had it?
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Anyone knows how to do that trick on Mac?