[scribus] Using Scribus for book-signature layout

bobparham at comcast.net bobparham at comcast.net
Tue Oct 18 14:13:08 UTC 2011

On 10/18/2011 1:37 AM, Peter Nermander wrote:
>> If you self-print your book in a copyshop then you need your own imposition.
>> If not, your commercial printer will do it for you, as it is not easy
>> and depends on his specific machines.
>> Have you thought about podofo tools?
> I think that Quantum Elephants Bookbinder is easier for the average user.
> http://quantumelephant.co.uk/bookbinder/bookbinder.html
> I just made a test run. I created a 36 page document in Scribus, pages
> 5.5"x8.5" with .5" margins. Created a master page with a frame aligned
> with the margins, entered a 120pt centered page number. The frame was
> set with a 1 pt black border (so I can see whether pages are scaled or
> not and that the position on the sheet is correct). Then I exported to
> PDF.
> I opened the PDF in Bookbinder, entered a custom page size (in
> points). Note that bookbinder reports the input file page size in the
> upper left box so I just duplicated those numbers as page size. I am
> not sure if you need to set the page size, it might work top let it
> use the "Full page" option.
> Finally I had to enter a custom signatures setup, Bookbinder expects
> the numbers of sheets in each signature, so I entered "3 3 3". I
> wanted 3 sheets (of 4 pages) in each signature and had 36 pages.
> I just printed the signatures and folded them and from what I can tell
> they came out perfect.
> /Peter
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Peter, what kind of printer did you use, a Laser Printer or an Ink Jet 

Bob P

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