1. Find a new printer who does his job instead of asking you to impose, or
2. Put page 8 back where it belongs at the end of the document and figure out why you are losing quality with Print Booklet (must be your distiller settings), or
3. Use a script or plugin to impose the file.
Since you appear to have crossovers, for a script I'd recommend Dave Saunders' second booklet script: Dave's CS3 Booklet Script, or if you need to do a lot of imposing, the inexpensive IDImposer plugin: Overview | IDImposer
Thanks for your response. Please excuse my lack of knowledge, but are you saying I should be able to give a printer the exported PDF (with slugs, crops, etc) in the ordes I have, and they should take care of the correct spread order?
This is my first print job, so if that's the case I'm very happy to fire the printer and look for a new one!
I really don't want to be pissing about with scripts and plugins for something that I'd assume would be super common if I don't have to.
Imposing is the job of the printer. The only exception I see is with a single sheet folded flyer.
Your page order should be first page to last page in the correct order.
You do not need to make the pages as
Printing from Print Booklet loses a lot of information from the pdf compared to Exporting to PDF.
Supply a PDF with
Pages in correct order as single pages.
And when completing the section on Marks and Bleed - change the "Offset" to the same amount as the Bleed.
This ensures your crop marks do not encroach in the bleed area.