InDesign Cs - create A5 booklets for printing on A4 paper
In Pagemaker 6.5 for Mac system 9, I could very easily create 8, 12, 16, 24 page A5 booklets (for church services, magazines etc).
Just before printing, Plug-in > 'build booklet' command. A new document would open, with the pages on A4 ready for printing - pp 1 & 24, 2 & 23 etc etc.
I have not been able to work out, or find this in 'Help' etc in InDesign CS. Feel sure that such a program should have this facility.
Can you advise me??
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PageMaker 7.0 was released in 2001 and according to Adobe the last OS where it would work in is Windows XP. Both PageMaker and Windows XP are officially unsupported. If you are on a newer Operating System, that could be the problem. Either way, InDesign is the replacement of PageMaker. InDesign will be able to open your PageMaker files just fine.
Pagemaker to InDesign is not an exact process. You are going to have to put some work into the converted file. The important thing to maintain in PageMaker to make a clean transition, is to make sure the PM file is PRISTINE. All the links in the Links Palette are current, al fonts for the file are loaded. Delete any unused colors, just clean the file up. The more clean the file, the cleaner the transition.
No matter how clean the file is, there are going to be things you are going to HAVE to fix. You are going from an app that has not been supported for over a decade into the latest and greatest, InDesign. Be patient and be glad at least you can get the PM file into something usable instead of having to rebuild it entirely.
Hope this helps.
Hi, I dont actually use PageMaker, so you might need to check your help file for more info. Basically you need to look for an option that lets you 'impose' your document (there may be a tool box or print option for imposition).
If you cant find it just do the imposition yourself. For a simple 8 page A5 booklet you would want two A5 pages side-by-side on an A4 sheet of paper. Back cover would be on the left (pg8) - Front on the right (pg1). Inside front cover on the left (pg2) - inside back on the right (pg7). Then the centre pages - right (pg3) - left (pg6) Inner double pages - left (pg4) - right (pg5)
This is from Adobe InDesign (CS3) Help module:
Convert PageMaker documents
InDesign can convert document and template files from Adobe PageMaker 6.0 and later. When you open a PageMaker file, InDesign converts the original file information to native InDesign information. InDesign files are saved with an .indd filename extension.
For more information, see the PageMaker Conversion Guide (PDF) at www.adobe.com/go/learn_pmconv.
Before opening the document in InDesign, you may want to do the following:
If the PageMaker file or its linked graphics are located on a network server, floppy disk, or removable drive, it may not open as expected if an interruption in data transfer occurs. To prevent data transfer problems, copy documents and their links to the hard disk, preferably in the same folder where the PageMaker publication is stored, before opening them in InDesign.
You may want to use Save As in PageMaker to clear unnecessary hidden data.
To ensure that all links are maintained, copy all linked files to the same folder where the PageMaker publication is stored.
Make sure that all necessary fonts are available in InDesign.
Repair broken graphics links in the PageMaker publication.
If you have a problem converting a large PageMaker document, convert portions of the PageMaker file separately to isolate the problem.
If you cannot open a corrupt PageMaker document in PageMaker, try opening it in InDesign. InDesign can recover most documents that PageMaker cannot open.
Check the X coodinates in the upper left corner and make sure the art is placed or drawn to the guides or edges. A little more infomation would be extremely helpful.
Another thing to do is turn on the Overprint Preview. This is in the View menu. When you turn this on, you see how exactly things are placed/lining up instead of a low rez screen preview.
Are you converting a Publisher file to InDesign? If so, you will HAVE to fix this. Not an exact science. Even with the Utility, they are 2 totally different apps. InDesign will do it's best to maintain the look of the Publisher file, but Publisher was not created for high-end output, it has gotten better over the years... but it is still THE most problematic software for Printing.
Funny your mention Aldus - they have been out of business for years now since they were bought out out by Adobe. This is very old software and cannot be run on anything but an old computer (vintage 10 years ago or so). Depending on the OS you are running, you can still get away with using PM 6.5 or 7.0 on XP or Mac OS9. PM is no longer made. InDesign is the replacement page layout program for newer systems. Hope this helps!
Usually if you see the page in the Publisher window is already landscape, it will go landscape in the Printpreview and also in the print out. I just try to imagine what is your problem.
If I am not mistaken, this is what you did:
You have two "small" pages (maybe A5??) and you want to print it in one page of A4. Of course the A4 should be landscape.
Publisher does not have the facility to set 2 pages A5 in one A4 like in Microsoft Word.
The easiest way is just create a new page with A4, then copy the 2 pages (or you called it flyers) and paste it in that A4 landscape page.
Publisher can do print 2 pages A5 in one sheet A4 but the arrangement is as booklet. You can see the choices in File --> Page Setup --> tab "Layout" --> scroll the Publication type.
I do print 2 pages A5 in one sheet with many variations using addition software named "Clickbook".
Let me know if I m wrong in interpret your problem.