[scribus] Using Scribus for book-signature layout
bobparham at comcast.net
bobparham at comcast.net
Wed Oct 19 16:37:27 UTC 2011
On 10/19/2011 1:00 AM, Peter Nermander wrote:
>> Peter, what kind of printer did you use, a Laser Printer or an Ink Jet
> I used a duplex laser printer, but Bookbinder has support for
> non-duplex printers too (it will create one PDF for the fronts and one
> for the backs). It also has e checkbox for "alternate rotation",
> depending on whether your duplex printer turns or tumbles the sheet.
> So I recommend a test run (like the one I did) to make sure the
> signatures come out right (or to try out how to turn or tumble the
> sheets when putting them back into a non-duplex printer for printing
> the backs).
> When I previously have used a non-duplex printer to print signatures
> I've made a "turning instruction" to myself to make sure I get the
> same result every time (else it is easy to forget what way you turned
> the pages last time). I find it easiest if you can just take the
> sheets from the output tray and put them back, withut turning/tumbling
> or rotating, but that means you have to make sure the signatures are
> designed for such printing. I did that by making BAT-files (under
> Windows) or scripts to create the imposition. But then I used
> Multivalent, I'm not sure if Bookbinder can be controlled from the
> command line (I think not).
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Peter, I'm thinking that there is a significant difference between an
Ink Jet Printer and a Laser Printer. Apparently, a Laser Printer does
not have a Non-Printable area around the sheet of paper that an Ink Jet
Printer has. I tried Bookbinder several months ago for imposing
signatures of my book and it did an excellent job of imposing and
sending to PDF reader for printing but, as I stated in a post recently,
because of the Non Printable area built into Ink Jet Printers I wound up
with my Margins wider than designed and Body Text narrower than
designed. It made no difference whether I was printing Duplexe or
printing one side of the sheet and reinserting the sheet to manually
print the back side, the results were the same. As stated in my recent
post, Tracker Software who offers PDFXChange Viewer free, found a
solution to this problem that requires editing the Registry in Windows
to cause the software to ignore the Non Printable area. Again, I offer
to furnish more details for anyone who may be interested. Of course, the
Bookbinder files will suffice if a commercial printer will do the
printing of the book.
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