I printed booklets for my students in InDesign 5.5. Worked perfect, on US Letter paper I was able to get 2 worksheets per side. I'd cut them down the middle and have these great packets of worksheets. I upgraded to InDesign 6 (on both my mac and PC). And now the printouts don't extend all the way to the right of the paper, it's kind of scaled slightly down. So when I cut the paper, it's a little off and everything's shifted to the left. I carefully examined every setting when printing, it all makes sense and is exactly the same as I had it in cs5.5.
There was an update to InDesign 6 the other day, I installed that... no help :(. Does InDesign 6 no longer print booklets properly? What can I do aside from downgrading?
Hi Peter, thanks for the reply. Something has changed in InDesign 6. This issue happens on both Mac OS X and Win7. I tried setting page position as "Centered" with no help. Also the page is printed a little low, though that matters far less than the shift to the left as cutting isn't affected by printing low.
I just ran a quick test here. Print booklet works fine from CS6 going to my cheap Samsung printer. This has to be something in your settings or a driver problem of some sort. What is the printer?
If you can't find the settings problem, can you print to PDF on the Windows system, then print that?
CS6 didn't scale your booklet slightly down? CS5.5 prints it actual size so there's no scaling and CS6, with exactly the same settings doesn't for us... My printer is the Brother MFC-9970CDW, also tried it on a Brother MFC-J6910DW inkjet.
I wish I could use PDFs instead, that would make our lives so much easier. But Acrobat's booklet printing has worse issues (similar scaling issues that we were unable to fix).
I'm not seeing scaling. Maybe we aren't doing the same thing, though.
You've been saying "booklet" so I've been assuming you are using File > Print Booklet to assemble the booklets, but you also talk about cutting them apart, so maybe that's not what you mean. Can you go through step by step for me?
Here's what I do. I have 5.5" x 8.5" pages. I select File->Print Booklet. I use 2-up saddle and print on US Letter paper with horizontal orientation. I get, let's say, 20 prints front and back with 2 pages per side. I put those 20 prints in my cutting device and now I have 40 prints front and back for 80 pages. The only issue is the odd numbered pages look like they were cut too far to the right and the even numbered pages (the backs) look like they were cut too far to the left.
I'm definitely not seeing that, at least not more than would be expected within the tolerances of my printer. Some pages are dead on, other shift up to perhaps .0625.
On another note, how is this method better for you than, say, placing the pages twice into a new lettersize landscape doc, and printing that normally? Print Booklet will require multiples of 4 pages to impose properly, whereas a true 2-up layout can have any count. Are you cutting your booklet in half just so you don't need to fold?
Sometimes we do actually fold. But for worksheets for kids we like to cut instead so that we can have them repeat certain parts if needed. I know we previously tried other mechanisms to print the pages, but we couldn't see a way to do this. If we place the pages twice in a landscape view, then we can't get them so that page 2 is printed behind page 1 and page 4 is printed behind page 3. Even if we were able to get acrobat or indesign to print like that, then we'd have to shuffle all the pages around to get them ordered.
If we place the pages twice in a landscape view, then we can't get them so that page 2 is printed behind page 1 and page 4 is printed behind page 3. Even if we were able to get acrobat or indesign to print like that, then we'd have to shuffle all the pages around to get them ordered.
I don't understand that. I print n-up stacks that way all the time. If all of the instances on each page are the same page number, and you are running in sequence, an ordinary two-sided print run HAS to back up the pages correctly. I use Scott Zanelli's Multipage Importer script for this and run it as many times as I need copies on the page-- twice for two-up, four times for 4-up -- varying the position in the dialog on each run. The script is very intuitive, and allows you to scale and offset as well as pick a position on the page. Find it at InDesignSecrets » Blog Archive » Zanelli Releases MultiPageImporter for Importing both PDF and INDD Files
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