Did you set the binding in the printer driver by clicking the Setup button in the Print Booklet dialog?
Is there also a setting on the printer control panel that might be conflicting?
The problem is specific to INDesign on Mac computers. I tried printing from
PCs and it was fine. As to the Mac version, I don't know where the conflict
Specific to Macs, with double-sided printing, the Printer Driver gives the
option to bind on short-edge or on long-edge. Short-edge binding should be
the correct selection, but it does not work - and I tried it on a Brother
printer and on Canon printer. I cannot find what is going on inside
INDesign (Mac Version) that is over-riding this setting.
Dr. Melvin G. Barney, Esq.
On Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 5:05 PM, Peter Spier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Can anyone help me with page set up for a 16 page brochure. I want to print duplex has a booklet. Right now I have facing pages and page 1 and 16 oh by themselves. Do I use spreads checked in the dialogue? I am renting short edge binding.
Your response regarding this as a problem with InDesign on Mac computers, and not Windows-based systems is telling. I strongly suspect that the problem may not be with InDesign per se (though it may, in fact be -- I'll address that in a bit). It's more likely that it has to do with your printer driver.
I can tell you that InDesign on the Mac can print landscape-oriented booklets on other printers. I do this regularly for down'n'dirty course workbooks for my classes, using my Dell duplex laser printer. The fastest way to figure this out is to create a single-page PDF file of your 16-page booklet, then try printing it out of Adobe Acrobat using the booklet function. If you get the same result, you have insight on where you might have your problem. If you don't, and it actually works for you, you'll have a course of action for working your way around the issue.
Let's say though, that you get the same unfortunate result from Acrobat. You may not like this, but the fastest workaround will be to set the whole job on its side.
1) Create a new, portrait-oriented InDesign four-page document using your booklet's page specifications.
2) Open your existing landscape-oriented InDesign file for your booklet. Tile the two InDesign documents side-by side.
3) Copy four pages by first going to the original file, drag-selecting an entire page and click-dragging it into the new document. Rotate the copied information for each page 90 degrees counterclockwise so it would be right-reading, but top-left and bottom-right on each page.
4) Print the new four-page InDesign document using the Build Booklet function and see how it worked. I recommend doing only four pages at first because you'll likely discover that some fiddling may still need to be done to get the results you're looking for.
5) When you get it the way you like, do the same thing moving the rest of the pages to your new InDesign document, fine-tune it as needed, and get the booklet you're looking to produce.
This should work for you, or, if you want to make things easier on yourself, just print the booklet from one of your Windows PCs.
I'm a big fan of workarounds if I need them to get the results I'm looking for. I think it comes from my days racing stock cars where 1) things were breaking all the time and 2) not worrying about the cause of my problems so much as fixing them on the spot and dealing the cause later at my leisure. Because there will always be time to sleuth the cause after the race is already run.