I am working on a wire-o bound book where the pages need to be designed as spreads (and shown to the client as spreads for approval). However, the file needs to be exported as single sheets, with bleed, for printing.
In the past, when I've just switched the file from "facing pages" to single sheets -- many of the master pages change, and a lot of the content shifts.
So -- the question is -- how do I build the file so that it can be exported as spreads or as sheets and still retain the master pages, and have bleed on all four sides?
I will be working in CS5.5 or CS6 (probably CS6).
Set up as facing pages. You can use the script at http://indesignsecrets.com/breaking-pages-apart-to-bleed-off-a-spine.php to get inside bleed if you need it. You could also make the pages wider by the amount of the inside bleed, add that amount to the inside margin, set the inside bleed to 0 and add a page edge guide and a manual crop mark on the master for each page so it's easier to work in spreads. The complication here is getting your spreads to print as spreads without the bleed if the client can't visualize what they will look like after trimming. One way to deal with that would be to make a second file and place the pages from the first file into it, cropped to the page edge. You can automate that by using Scott Zanelli's script at http://indesignsecrets.com/zanelli-releases-multipageimporter-for-importing-both-pdf-and-i ndd-files.php