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I contacted the printer company and was told the unprintable area is 0.167 inches on all sides but when I go ahead and lay out and run a document in InDesign with those margins and run a test print the image is very clearly skewed to the left.
I would start by contacting them again, with the hope that they can help you with the alignment.
and keep in mind that desktop printers use paper feed technology that is very imprecise, and drift of .0625 in either direction would not be unusual.
What printer - desktop, mid-grade or production grade?
It's a desktop grade; a lexmark CS510dte.
Thanks for the other answers all, I'm still curious if i can answer my questions in spite of the idiosyncrasies of using such low end technology – for instance, the drift that Peter mentioned, even if it's there, it seems pretty regular, and I'd like to be able to compensate for it.
Hey Barb, I will contact the printing company again and double check.
But still, Im curious if someone could help me with my question.
Is it possible to rotate a document when printing and only when printing directly from InDesign? If not from within InDesign, in some manner at least? This would allow at least my layout to have some symmetry to it for other more professional printers who will also be using the same documents.
thanks a lot,