[scribus] single folded brochure format (?)

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Thu Oct 21 15:22:21 CEST 2010

On Wednesday 20 October 2010 18:25:53 Gregory Pittman wrote:
> On 10/20/2010 02:00 PM, a.l.e wrote:
> > hi tom
> >
> >> Greetings - I need to make a brochure based on letter sized
> >> paper, with a single vertical fold. I'm surprised to not see
> >> this in the basic formats (nor FAQ), so maybe I'm just thinking
> >> about it wrong - how should I go about setting this up? 
> >> Double-sided appears to be the full page, while 3- or 4-fold
> >> would be too many folds.
> >>
> >> I expect the final result to be two double-sided printed pages,
> >> so the "brochure" will actually be 8 pages (including covers)
> >>
> >> am I supposed to set it up as double sided, then change the
> >> (logical?) page width to 4.25" instead of 8.5"?
> >
> > create it as 1/2 letter and than use one of the apps listed in
> > the wiki>  howto>  imposition to put them together or use acrobat
> > reader to print it as a booklet.
> For something this small, you can even do a built-in "imposition"
> with the creation of the Scribus document.
> Make a 4-page US letter document in landscape orientation. This
> will in the end product result in 2 sheets of paper printed on both
> sides.
> One sheet will have page 8 on the left, page 1 on the right, and on
> the opposite side page 2 on the left, page 7 on the right. Sheet
> two will have page 6 on the left, page 3 on the right, and on its
> opposite side page 4 on the left, page 5 on the right. You will not
> be able to do automatic page numbering, of course.
> As you create content, even if you don't want page numbers, it will
> help to have some temporary ones on the half-pages so you keep any
> necessary linking straight.
> When you get ready to print, presuming you're doing it yourself,
> print pages 8&1, 6&3, then flip the paper over for the opposite
> sides. If you're doing this from Adobe Reader you might have the
> sequence going 8&1, 2&7, 6&3, 4&5, so you could first print "odd"
> pages, then "even" pages. If you have a duplex printer, it's even
> easier.
> Of course, once you have this you could save as a template and
> reuse later.
> Greg
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It would be simpler to just do a document with 5.5 x 8.5 pages in 
normal order, save it as Postscript, and then use my little script 
that  uses PSUtil utilities to put the document in correct order for 
imposition on 8.5 x 11 pages in landscape form.  My script is set up 
for Linux, but by substituting the actual file name (less suffix) 
everywhere $1 appears it should be able to be used as a bat file also.
In its original form shown below it was called with
script1a foo
for an input file named foo.ps

Here is my script, with the paper sizes adjusted for the current 
psbook $1.ps $1b.ps
echo 'psnup'
psnup -2 -pletter -W5.5in -H8.5in $1b.ps $1p.ps
echo 'psselect'
psselect -o   $1p.ps $1o.ps
psselect -e -r  $1p.ps $1e.ps
lpr $1o.ps
echo 'switch paper'
read x
lpr $1e.ps

I have used it dozens of times without a problem.

John Culleton, Wexford Press
"Create Book Covers with Scribus" $5.95 at

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