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Spread cannot have more than 10 pages - what does this mean?

Explorer ,
Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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Hello there, often when synchronising (book) files or even (right now) when writing text on a page which does not affect the rest of the document in terms of space, a window pops up stating "Spread cannot have more than 10 pages". Why? How do I solve this? Also, I noticed that when adding a page to a file (which I just did because of this message, after which the file synched at last), the new page/s go to the right of the last spread in the pages panel. Why? Boo hoo! I would much appreciate any help. 

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Explorer ,
Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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Hi Rob,

 

No, we create 16 panel, double sided instruction leaflets that we want to be able to export as spreads for double sided print and singles for digital single page format

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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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Is this something you are printing in house, or are you sending it to a commercial printer. If you are sending it to a  printer they should be able to impose the pages on the press sheet in the needed arrangement—you don’t need to send them spreads.

 

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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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You could also do your own page imposition. I this example the pages are 5"x7"—Step and Repeat 16 frames on an 80"x7" page, then place the pages from the edit document:

 

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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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Thanks Rob! That is good compromise. It means two files, but one will auto-update so not the end of the world. Much appreciated.

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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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Why would, say, 8 doc pages of double page layouts not produce exactly the same result?


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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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The problem would be if you wanted to view 16 pages side by side, e.g. an accordian fold—the limit is 10 pages.

 

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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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Right. 8 doc pages, 2 layout pages per, one spread... 16 pages. You could probably go up to 30 layout pages with this workaround. Why is it not a reasonable option to the convoluted workarounds above (like going back to an obsolete version of ID)?


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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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You want this document preview:

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Not this:

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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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I feel like we're not quite sharing a common language, here. 🙂 I fully understand the multi-page spread need. So make it an 8-page spread and double up the page layout on each, for 16 output/print/fold/finish pages. Or more.

 

I don't see any critical need for each page to have its own ID document page — 2-up is quite manageable for layout and design, and the 10-page spread limit is bypassed.


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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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I feel like we're not quite sharing a common language, here.

 

Maybe you missed this from @Glove4Help , (not the OP)?

 

we want to be able to export as spreads for double sided print and singles for digital single page format

 

@Glove4Help , wants to export individual panels/pages for screens, and a 16 panel/page spread for print. Creating an imposition document lets you do both—a 16 page spread from the imposition document, and individual pages from the edit document. Perhaps @Glove4Help is printing in house?

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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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I guess I did  — this thread has been around the block a couple of times. But, *shrug*, this looks like 16 pages in a spread to me, even if the structure is not a precise 1:1 match:

 

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...and unless there's a need to export and re-export frequently, export to 8 page images and a bit of automation in Photoshop would seem to be a simple path to the individual page images, with the bonus of a step to allow a little optimization.

 

Yes, it's nice when one tool does everything. But I see the above as, if anything, a slightly superior workflow, using a highly optimized tool for each destination. ID's image export is... good but not great; a pass through PS can only be an asset.

 

But curses upon that 10-page limitation, anyway! 🙂


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Mar 15, 2024 Mar 15, 2024

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@rob day concertina fold or roll fold leaflets for example. These easy go over 10 pages/panels. And quite common... Your solution (to have an imposed doc) is best option for current limitation.

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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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@Glove4Help said: "… I'm just desperate. I wondered if you'd used an old copy of Indesign with that script to create what you have, could you get a copy of that indesign and script, create a two spread version of what you have and then open it in new Indesign? …"

 

Hi @Glove4Help ,

as far as I can remember InDesign version 7.5 (CS 5.5) was the last one (or perhaps the only one??) where a trick by scripting could create a spread with more than 10 pages. I think, that the code for this script still could be found in this very forum. It required a two pages document to start with where the first page has a different size than the second one.

 

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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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Thanks UWE! I have a copy of CS6 still, so it's possible it would work with that. I'll see if I can find the script as well.

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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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Hi @Glove4Help ,

CS6, InDesign version 8, was the one where this did not work anymore.
As far as I can remember…

 

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Uwe Laubender
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