I am considering switching from CorelDraw to InDesign and am on the 30 day trial. So limited time to learn for myself. If I switch, then I'll learn properly!
I produce for the church the monthly parish magazine - an A4 booklet. I produce the copy and send it to the printer as a Corel document. I also put it on the web site I manage as a PDF - see http://www.stbees.org.uk/magazine/2013/pm_feb.pdf for an example. I create the PDF by simply using "Print to PDF".
I think that by following the above I can set up the same document using Peter's instructions. One thing I am not certain of is who allocates the page numbers 1 & 8 and 2 & 7 etc. Me (as I do in Corel) or InDesign?
Sorry to ask what I should work out for myself but I want to make sure quickly I can do the main thing I need with InDesign and then use the 28 days I have left to assess other things.
Do you print in house, or send it out to a commercial printer? The only reason to impose is if you are printing it yourself, and for that you would probably want to use Print Booklet. Your online PDF should be single pages, in consecutive order, to make it easier for your readers.
The hard copy goes to a commercial printer. I also produce a low res PDF version which goes on the village web site (as per link above). The reasons I produce the PDF in the same fomat as the version that the commercial printer would get are a) in Corel it is easier than producing two separate versions and b) most people who are interested in the on-line version (ex-villagers) like to print their own hard copy. I gather that with InDesign I can produce in consecutive order and then decide whether to output in conscutive order or impose (? I am not certain about the meaning of the term "impose" in this context - does it mean produce a version with the double pages correctly numbered for the folded and stapled version? i.e. 1 & 8, 2 &7.
Thanks for the help.
"Impose means to arrange pages in the proper order for printing and binding (known as printer's spreads). That's the printer's job, and you should not be doing it.
IN ID you should ALWAYS do the layout in consecutive order (1,2,3... known as reader's spreads) so you see what the reader will see. It makes it much easier to jusdge the design and to work with crossovers, if you have any.
Since this is going out for print you have no reason to impose, and you can export a hi-res version for the printer, then a low-res version for the web, all from the same .indd file.
Three very useful sentences! Thanks for your patience with an amateur!