[scribus] Printing as Spread

Louis Desjardins louis.desjardins at gmail.com
Fri Jul 22 13:58:31 UTC 2011

2011/7/22 Andreas Vox <avox at arcor.de>

> 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.

Yes, the spine has the same height.

I wonder about the distinction of the rotation since this can be handled in
seconds in the PP and in fact it will have to be taken care of in the PP
because some spines are not even in those 2 category: there are books where
the spine reads normally. And we have logos to deal with. To me, we are so
close to have a feature that works with already the possibility of having
pages of different sizes and a 3-page spread... Really, all that's missing
here is the 'print/export as spread' option!

Maybe you would be the best person to answer the initial question...

> >
> > 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)

You are right. It's possible. It's only a step more. But doable.


> /Andreas
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