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InDesign Print to Booklet, save to PS file, convert to PDF / no longer working

Community Beginner ,
Jan 21, 2024 Jan 21, 2024

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Hello,

 

I am trying to export a PDF from InDesign in "Print to Booklet" format. I'm on a Mac, OS 14.2 / Adobe Creative Cloud 2024. This used to be a really easy thing but Adobe took that function away.

 

Last fall I found that I could get around the problem that would occur when "Printing to Booklet" would produce a PS file that was rotated 90 degrees - this is the ADPDF9.PPD solution. The next step was to use Preview to convert the file to a PDF, but since Dec. 4, 2023, Apple no longer includes built-in support for viewing PostScript (.ps) files and suggests using a third-party app. Well great! I thought - Adobe Acrobat and Distiller are third-party apps! But when I use Distiller to open any PS file that I've made in InDesign I get this "undefined" error. I've tried changing the file name to something simple and it hasn't helped. 

 

Screenshot 2024-01-22 at 12.03.44 AM.png

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Alternatively, I would much more appreciate it if Adobe could just let us make PDF files from InDesign that are in booklet layout and arrangement.

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Edit and convert PDFs , General troubleshooting , Modern Acrobat , PDF , Print and prepress

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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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It's not the filename. 

 

What option did Adobe take away?

 

How many pages do you have in your booklet?

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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You used to be able to make a PDF from print, including booklet. Now, if you want a PDF, Adobe says use export. But you can't export to booklet layout.

 

84 pages.

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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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Try exporting single pages from InDesign (1-84), then print to booklet from Acrobat (print to .ps and distill to pdf in Acrobat). If you are sending this to a commercial printer, they will probably prefer single pages.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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Thanks Luke,

But this doesn't address my problem. I am in need of a PDF file that is in booklet layout and organization and I've outlined why Acrobat isn't working above.

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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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Printing from InDesign is not as reliable as printing from Acrobat, (according to many forum users), Have you tried my suggestion?

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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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Luke Jennings3 you cannot print to PDF from Acrobat on MacOS.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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Hi Luke,

Yes, the issue here with Acrobat is that you can't print to PDF any more. And, File > Save doesn't give booklet layout as an option. 

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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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You must use third-party InDesign scripts, like these ones:

 

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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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@JR Boulay I thought this is where we might end up. thank you!

 

Anyone have any thoughts on the error message from Distiller?

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