It's not clear to me if you are shuffling pages or making single spread size pages and putting the content in those.
Dave Saunders wrote scripts to do both:
http://pdsassoc.com/downloads/Buildbooklet.zip will shuffle the pages for 2-up saddle stitch. It does not do objects that cross the spine.
Dave's CS3 Booklet Script builds new single pages by placin ghe content into two-panel pages. It does the cross-spine stuff, but may not handle bleed and does not have creep.
And IDImposer is FREE until the end of the year: Overview | IDImposer
The majority of the program is a shell with advertising pages and other non-changing theater info, and is managed by the folks who do the actual printing.
Why can't they do the imposition? Imposition is usually the printers responsibility.
They actually do the imposition there usually, but they are doing the same thing I am - copy/pasting each panel one-by-one from my 1-panel-spread IDML into their 2-panel-spread INDD. It's the same amount of work for either of us. I thought since I had the newer version of InDesign there might be a way for me to shortcut.
I think what I may do is go ahead with the 'Export to Book' and then they can do a 'place' from the PDF and insert each of the PDF spread pages into their document. I think that might give them the same result.
Thanks for the links, Peter... I had tried the 'Buildbooklet' but it seemed to generate PDFs also. Haven't seen the other two though... and I love free! Nothing crosses the spine in my book and it's .375" margin all the way around in a very small playbill, so the creep and such is no bother.
They actually do the imposition there usually, but they are doing the same thing I am - copy/pasting each panel one-by-one from my 1-panel-spread IDML into their 2-panel-spread INDD.
They must have AcrobatPro right? You could send them a normal PDF of the booklet and they could use Acrobat's booklet imposition when they print:
I just noticed that you want to stay in ID, but why?
Mostly because the people who are doing the printing sometimes need to make last-minute changes and I don't want to give them the locked-down PDF if I don't have to, just in case something comes up.
It looks like that IDImposer extension is exactly what I needed. I've tested it out and it's almost perfect... I just have to figure out why I'm getting the pages in the wrong order.
I'd expect panels like:
20 - 1
2 - 19
18 - 3
4 - 17
16 - 5
6 - 15
But it's giving me:
4 - 1
2 - 3
8 - 5
6 - 7
12 - 9
10 - 11
Looks like you've set the signature size to 8, perhaps. It's definitely something simple, but I haven't palyed with the plugin enough to point you exactly where....
You need a "saddle-stitched" imposition, but you're getting a "perfect-bound" imposition. I'm not familiar with IDImposer, but chances are that there's a check box somewhere to select saddle-stitched.