- You should never use any kind with postscript in an InDesign document. So you should not use to create a PDF with print or Distiller.
- Imposing is the job o the printer company, not the job of the layouter.
- Print booklet is a mess. I cannot recommend the use of this functionality in InDesign. This is not only my humble opinion, this is the same statement as Adobe staff which is involved in program development declares here: Imposed PDF with InDesign CC
- If you need to print some sheets on your kitchen & bathroom printer (or the noise producer on your desktop), use print booklet in Adobe Acrobat.
- If you are a printer, buy dedicated imposing software or plugins for Acrobat, as this is the only way to do it professional.
As normal layouters you don't have the basic information which is needed to make imposed documents. Your task is to export PDFs with bleed and all settings you get from the printer as single pages. That is much easier than doing it yourself. If your printer does require pre-imposed documents, another printer will be glad to do the job in the correct way.
These are booklets being printed at our internal printing department. Materials we print externally we supply packaged source files, but internally we prepare print-ready files that are ready to be loaded into our digital printers.
Is there a way to specify the PDF settings that should be used in a print preset?
To get Print Booklet to work you should be using the Adobe PDF 9.0 PPD and distilling the saved .ps file. You set the desired PDF joboptions in Distiller, keeping in mind that distilling a .ps file flattens transparency, which is why most users Export PDFs. In Distiller you can setup a watched folder with the desired PDF joboptions assigned to it—.ps files added to a watched folder are automatically converted to PDF using those options
Here's the PPD if you don't have it. To install copy it to a folder inside of your InDesign Presets folder named PPDs (the folder is case sensitive)
Print booklet is a mess. I cannot recommend the use of this functionality in InDesign. This is not only my humble opinion, this is the same statement as Adobe staff which is involved in program development declares here: Imposed PDF with InDesign CC
Which leaves many of us befuddled as to why a.) Print Booklet is still in there, if it's so poor, and b.) why they haven't given us the ability to export an imposed booklet PDF. It's not like users who both create and output are a teeny tiny minority, and designing in printers spreads can be a PITA especially with longer documents.
Hey Rob, I just looked into your solution and it looks like this might be a solution for Mac OS systems. Is that correct? We're actually all using PCs so this doesn't quite solve my issue (I think).
To clarify, I'd like to be able to automate the selection of PDF settings (joboptions) when certain print presets are selected. This is to simplify/expedite the print-file creation process for non-designers who regularly update our materials.
You should be able to use the PPD and Distiller's watched folders cross platform, but you are right I'm using OSX.
a.) Print Booklet is still in there, if it's so poor
Not that it means much (there are many variables), but I can't see any problems printing to my printers or distilling .ps via the Acrobat PPD, so if there is a bug it would be helpful to know what the bug is. The 2 tiered dialog is complex, so there are lots of places to enter a wrong setting—but that doesn't mean it's broken.
b.) why they haven't given us the ability to export an imposed booklet PDF
I think it's like trapping, you don't want to apply it in the page layout for a specific device—trapping and imposition should happen a print time not at export. So there's a booklet feature in AcrobatPro where the PDF will actually be printed.