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Book Module: Custom book sizes and custom page layouts

Explorer ,
Nov 16, 2016

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OK who else on this planet has tried to create a book in the Book Module and been frustrated by the restrictions imposed?  Lots of you?  I thought so.

So why are the developers not listening to the howls of "Can we have Custom Book sizes and Custom layouts"?  That's a good question and it's been a request for the last FIVE years.

Why?  Is it to do with the fact that Blurb were instrumental in the development of the Book Module and is there an exclusivity agreement between Blurb and Adobe to the extent that it limits any other Book format or size until that exclusivity agreement expires?

I rather hope that is not the case and it's just Adobe not getting around to allocating resources to implement a Custom book size and allow freedom to place images and text on the page as the user prefers.

It's disappointing that requests for custom book sizing and custom layouts have been requested from the get go yet no action is taking place on the part of the developers to address this serious shortcoming.

I can't put my hand on my heart and recommend Lightroom for people who want to create books with the Book Module in its current restrictive status.

This product could be so much better if Custom book sizes and layouts were available.

Chris

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Book Module: Custom book sizes and custom page layouts

Explorer ,
Nov 16, 2016

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OK who else on this planet has tried to create a book in the Book Module and been frustrated by the restrictions imposed?  Lots of you?  I thought so.

So why are the developers not listening to the howls of "Can we have Custom Book sizes and Custom layouts"?  That's a good question and it's been a request for the last FIVE years.

Why?  Is it to do with the fact that Blurb were instrumental in the development of the Book Module and is there an exclusivity agreement between Blurb and Adobe to the extent that it limits any other Book format or size until that exclusivity agreement expires?

I rather hope that is not the case and it's just Adobe not getting around to allocating resources to implement a Custom book size and allow freedom to place images and text on the page as the user prefers.

It's disappointing that requests for custom book sizing and custom layouts have been requested from the get go yet no action is taking place on the part of the developers to address this serious shortcoming.

I can't put my hand on my heart and recommend Lightroom for people who want to create books with the Book Module in its current restrictive status.

This product could be so much better if Custom book sizes and layouts were available.

Chris

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May 12, 2020

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Yes I want the Lightroom book module to allow for custom-sized books

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May 12, 2020

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This is not the forum for feature requests.  Adobe doesn't monitor this forum for feature requests.

Please post your request in the appropriate  feature request forum

 

https://www.adobe.com/products/wishform.html

 

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May 12, 2020

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who else on this planet has tried to create a book in the Book Module and been frustrated by the restrictions imposed?

Not me! (having made only ~15 books in Lr)  But your thoughts are legitimate. And I do agree- Lots of us would appreciate improvements to the Book Module.

So why are the developers not listening to the howls of "Can we have Custom Book sizes and Custom layouts"?

Possibly (IMO) because they (Adobe) believe that Adobe InDesign should be the 'goto' software for Book creation. Lightroom's primary purpose for existence is Image management (DAM) and a raw renderer for image files.

"Custom Layouts" has been addressed with updates to some extent,  BOOK UPDATES in v7.5  but still not allowing 'fancy' features like- image rotation, borders, better text, etc.

The JPEG 'size' option in the Book module has a couple extra page sizes- and if you consider all sizes as 'Ratios' then Export book as JPG might produce 'page' images with a ratio that suits your desires for use in other software.

You could also post at Photoshop Lightroom Family  where Adobe may see your requests, or add your vote to other posts-

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/european-paper-sizes-in-the-book-module

 

 

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 9.4, Lightroom 3.4, Photoshop 2020 (21.2.1), Nikon DSLR, Windows-10.

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