What do you mean you can't output printer's spreads? Are you trying to make an imposed PDF? That's bad policy -- the printer should be doing the imposition.
it is for a client who prints on their office copier and needs it to print
in printers spreads
and I've read this "bad policy" before but it used to be that CS3 in design
would do it -- now I'm on 5 and can't
that is dumb corporate policy obviously created by a geek on a mission not
a user with a client need.
It was created by lawyers, mostly. The InBooklet plugin was made by a company that was purchased by Quark, who promptly took it off the market. The in-house team of engineers provided a solution meant for printing directly to a device, which is adequate for most users (and for waht it's worth, InBooklet was pretty buggy when saving a file). Up to the point where APPLE made changes to their OS that killed the PDF printer even Mac users could print an imposed PDF. You might want to read this: InDesignSecrets » Blog Archive » Acrobat’s Adobe PDF Printer Replaced in Snow Leopard
As for solutions, you can read the article for workarounds, or you can export an imposed PDF using one of Dave Saunders' scripts. For simple simple docs with no conten crossing the spine, it's hard to beat http://pdsassoc.com/downloads/Buildbooklet.zip
For more complex files, try Dave's CS3 Booklet Script