[scribus] Printing as Spread

Andreas Vox avox at arcor.de
Fri Jul 22 08:10:46 UTC 2011

Louis Desjardins <louis.desjardins at ...> writes:

> Booklet print is *not* what I have in mind at all here.
> We could discuss about the term "imposition" but in my view, this is *not*
> "imposition" (as such) or it is a word abuse. A cover page of a book has
> certainly 3 parts (at least) but it is only for commodity that we would
> consider them as 3 pages of a spread instead of one single page. At
> imposition stage, the cover will be printed n-up on a larger sheet. We do
> not expect the printer to assemble first the cover from its 3 basic
> components and then impose (really) the work. The final PDF sent to the
> printer would have to be a full spread of the 3 elements. Only then could
> the imposition happen.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imposition
> A pamphlet printed at 10K copies would have to be "imposed" n-ups on larger
> sheet. (Please refer to the wikipedia article. The picture shows 8 pages on
> a single sheet. A letter-size pamphlet would be one of those pages, stepped
> and repeated 8 times — but with a gap between each step so the finished job
> could be cut to size and then folded). What I am talking about refers to
> design and production of logical portions of the work (pages, panels,
> sections), created as distinct pages but meant as one body) bound to be
> printed together, no matter how they are going to be imposed in the end.
> Being able to print as spreads could certainly considered a step towards
> imposition but imposition is really another story. For this, I 100% agree,
> we would need a distinct program.

I always planned on adding "imposition" for Scribus' builtin page setups: 
2fold, 3fold, 4fold, booklet. Using podofo that shouldn't be difficult.
We could also add two new page setups for spines, one where the spine is 
rotated clockwise and one for anticlockwise, only restriction for page size
would be that the height of the first and last page must match the width 
of the second page. 

> For proofing purposes it is very common to print magazines as reader’s
> spread. It's a good way to see each spread, as the pages will appear to the
> reader. This is done from within the application (proprietary software),
> without special manipulation. It's all about convenience, quality control
> and proofreading. It also saves costs to be able to print 2 pages on a
> larger sheet.

An option to print reader spreads is also fine by me (although that should 
be an option in Adobe Reader's print dialog already)


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