[Scribus] What is the best way to create a booklet?
Wed Sep 17 19:51:38 CEST 2003
Thank you for everyones' replies to my booklet question. Here is a
summary of the
responses. I think I have my process down.
Robbie Pickering pointed out the distinction between "Copy shop" and
I was not clear in my question, but the program I am making is quite
simple -- black & white --
and I guess I should properly say I'm taking it to a copy shop, not a printer.
Patrick's advice to do as much of the work yourself to make it easier
on your printer (and less
likely for them to mess it up) is wise.
I think the best advice of all is call your copy shop/printer and see
what their preference is. So simple,
yet I hadn't thought of that. I called and they said they preferred
a file that had 2 booklet pages
per file page that would print properly double sided.
Everyone agreed that creating the document with pages in order was
the easiest, then, depending
on your printer/copy shop's requirements, rearrange things so it
prints out properly.
Michael Below suggested exporting to ps, use psbook to put it in booklet order,
then ps2pdf to generate PDF.
I gave this a trial run. psbook and psnup are available through
psutils (and psutils-a4) which
I downloaded with fink. I created a 4-page document in scribus. The
page size was half-letter
(the size of the finished booklet page). I printed the document to
file which generated a postscript
file, test.ps. I ran
psbook -s4 test.ps testreorder.ps
which ordered the pages 4,1,2,3, followed by
psnup -2 testreorder.ps testbook.ps
which generated testbook.pdf. I now have a PDF file which will
produce a booklet when
printed double-sided. Of course, I will make a script of this and
use piping now that I have
the steps down.
Thanks again for all your help.
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