Making a Booklet?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Washac, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. Washac macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006
    Sorry if this is in the wrong place, but thought there was a an application such as Preview which could do this for me.

    I have 20 odd single pages that I want to print out as double so that when folded would make a correctly numerical booklet.

    If I can put the pages into Preview to do this, how ?

    If I need a different application, what would that be ?

  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Hit command-p to bring up the print dialogue in Preview then click show details at the bottom left. Now where it says Preview in the middle right there click that drop down and select Layout. Then set it up like in my screenshot. There are some orientation options there you can tinker with also.

  3. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006
    Thanks for that but not what I trying to say.

    If say I had 10 single pages numbered 1 to 10 and want to print them so that when cut and folded they form a number sequential booklet.

    They need to be laid printed out like this, each print a double page.
    1 | 10
    2 | 9
    3 | 8
    4 | 7
    5 | 6

    When folded they would form the booklet from page 1 to 10.
  4. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    I used to have a "Cocoa booklet" applet but that didn't work reliably. Then I relied on the native booklet printing of some enterprise-level printers. But then no longer had access to that.

    What I ended up doing was to manually create one in Pages... with linked text boxes so that they appear exactly as needed. Of course it is hardcoded for the particular document.

    • Create a document in Pages, landscape orientation.

    • Create 2 columns (gutter should be twice the width as the margins)

    • On each page, put the contents of the booklet pages in this order:

    14 | 1
    2  | 13
    12 | 3
    4  | 11
    10 | 5
    6  | 9
    8  | 7
    (If you look carefully, you'll see the pattern zig-zagging left to right)

    • Print duplex, short-side binding

    Hope this helps.
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Ohhh.... gotcha. It would be a bit of work, but you could select the pages you want to print in the Preview thumbnails to the left (say page one and ten) then print like I suggested. Then repeat for two and nine... and so on. In the print dialogue just tell it you only want to print the selected pages.

    Would not want to do this all the time, but just once for 20 pages (ten print jobs) would not be too bad.

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