So in InDesign CS4 I've made a 24 page booklet on my Mac. Each page is of an A5 size and horizontal, so when you see the spread, there are 2 A5 pages to be printed onto each A4 piece of paper. So 24 A5 pages in total means 12 A4 pages. In the InDesign document when I go to the Print Summary preview, this is the case. This is good, it is what I want.
I have Exported it to save it as a PDF file on my USB so I can print it off the PC computer here that is connected to a printer. However when I open up the file on either computer, there are 24 pages in total, each of an A4 size. This is not what I want! I tried again, Exporting as a Spread, however the front and back covers are still A4 size and all the middle pages are in sequential order, which will not work when I print them and fold them together.
Can someone please tell me how I can get the file to save as a PDF, but still retain the original format of each page being A5 sized, with 2 placed on each page to be printed, so that I can print the pages double-sided in order to fold them together in correct order as a book?
Try Print Booklet, then print to a PDF or a PostScript file that you can distill in Acrobat Distiller.
See InDesignSecrets » Blog Archive » Acrobat’s Adobe PDF Printer Replaced in Snow Leopard for more information about printing to PDF in Snow Leopard.
If you need to take the file to print on a PC anyway, IF that macine also has ID it will be much easier to do the imposition on that using Print Booklet and just direct, or print to PDF (that still works on PC) and you'll have a booklet file you can print from anywhere.