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Print booklet has wrong page orientation

Community Beginner ,
Feb 14, 2022 Feb 14, 2022

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I have a document set up to print as a booklet with 5.5x8.5 pages on a spread. It looks fine in preview but the .ps file has the wrong page orientation. I've attached the Summary txt from Print Booklet.

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Community Expert , Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

Maybe I have the wrong printer driver

 

You need to install the Adobe PDF 9.0 PPD:

 

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Community Expert ,
Feb 14, 2022 Feb 14, 2022

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our printer does not allow me to print booklet from inDesign. (we do not have a fiery for spooling) but I founda solution if you just hit print. Then in the settings on the printer side choose booklet and saddle stitch. See if that helps.

Lee- Graphic Designer, Print Specialist, Photographer

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Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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Export a proper PDF and then use Acrobat's booklet feature to print it.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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I left out important details! I want the PDF already set up as a booklet so the public can print it. I'm printing the booklet to PostScript so I can convert it to PDF. I've done it before, so I know it's possible.

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Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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What makes you so sure they want it that way? Most people will just read it on screen and providing that way will make that quite difficult.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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I just am trying to make it as easy as possible for users.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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You're failing miserably at that. Again, most of them will have zero interest in printing it.

Printing to postscript is a 1990s method of PDF creation and page imposition is a printer's responsibility.

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Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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I'm posting the file to a website for general use; it's not going to a printshop.

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Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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You're free to waste your time and that of your audience. I've given you the best advice you're going to get.

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Feb 11, 2023 Feb 11, 2023

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FYI @BobLevine, I had the same question as in this post because my printer doesn't do double sided. So I need a pdf version of the booklet first before printing and had issues with orientation. While advice is always welcome, you don't need to criticize the poster just because you don't know the actual answer to the post. Thank you to @k8.peterson for actually answering the question! 

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Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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Your users woud have to print both sides of the sheet exactly centered, collate & fold the printed signatures, and staple in the middle—are they really capable or willing to doing that?

 

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If people want to print it, they can use the booklet printing function from Acrobat or their own printer driver, but still have it in reader order on the screen.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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I still need to be able to print a booklet to PostScript from InDesign and have it formatted correctly. 

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Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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Make sure your under "SETUP", you have "device independent" or a preferable preset that uses the printed sheet size that will fit a spread - 2 book pages on 1 sheet of paper in that Setup dialog screen. Please see the following screenshots.

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Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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That is exactly how I have it set up; please refer to my original post with screen shots.

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Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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Your page orientation is wrong. Flip it to the opposite and your book pages will fit 2up to a sheet. You can see it under Setup.

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Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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I have attached a screenshot of the setup window with what it would read if you were using the printer driver - showing page size and orientation for reference.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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Thank you. Maybe I have the wrong printer driver, but InDesign won't let me set up Portrait as 11x8.5: "The value must be between 3 in and 8.5 in."

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Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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Using "Device Independent" gives me no access to paper size and orientation in Setup.

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Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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Maybe I have the wrong printer driver

 

You need to install the Adobe PDF 9.0 PPD:

 

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Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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The problem was that I didn't have the Adobe PPD. Now I do and the problem is solved.

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Nov 01, 2022 Nov 01, 2022

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This worked for me too! Who knew adding a PPD file from 2016 would be the solution... after FAR too long of digging.  Instructions here and copied below: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/kb/save-as-pdf-options-not.html

 

  • Quit InDesign.
  • Navigate to /Applications/Adobe Indesign *Your version*/Presets/.
  • Within the presets folder, create a folder named PPDs (the folder name is case-sensitive).

  • Control-click the following link and choose Save Link As to download the Acrobat 9 PPD:
    Acrobat 9 PPD

  • Place a copy of the downloaded PPD into the folder you created in step 3.

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May 27, 2023 May 27, 2023

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Thank you so much for posting this solution and to the original poster!! I have been spending hours, even enlisting my husband, an IT professional to help me figure this out for a client and this finally worked. Thanks so much!!!!

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I'm on a Mac. I wanted to get around the issues of saving a PDF in booklet layout from InDesign or Acrobat. In both cases I couldn't because I got this pop-up: "Saving a PDF file when printing is not supported. Instead, choose File > Save." and when I saved the file a .ps file the orientation, after I opened the .ps file in Acrobat Distiller, was always not oriented correctly. Like Gidget5's issue. When I did the instructions that k8.peterson listed above I was able to print as booklet from InDesign as .ps file that was correctly horizontal in layout when I opened it in Distiller. Ugh this was a frusting one has been for years for me.

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