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    Save as PDF (2007)

    We've got a document that is to be printed as a booklet, and we have set it up in Word that way, using the bookfold option in page setup in Word. Previously, to get a PDF to provide to our printers, I have taken the Word document to work, where I have Adobe Acrobat, and I have produced a suitable PDF that way. Now we have a new PC in the house with Office 2007, so we have downloaded and installed the addin to produce PDFs. It seems to work, but what it doesn't seem to do is produce a PDF ready to be printed as a booklet, with page 1 opposite page 72, page 2 opposite page 71 and so on, which was what I could do with Acrobat.

    Is there a way of making the Word 2007 PDF creating facility do this?

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    Re: Save as PDF (2007)

    Is it really necessary? Adobe Reader can print a booklet from a "standard" PDF file.

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    Re: Save as PDF (2007)

    I don't know. It depends on what the printer will want when I give him the file.

    Does that mean that you think that what I want can't be done?

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    Re: Save as PDF (2007)

    I don't know - I don't have Office 2007.

    But I wouldn't be surprised if the printer preferred to receive a PDF file with standard A4 pages - they often do the imposition themselves.

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    Re: Save as PDF (2007)

    I also think that if you are using a professional offset or digital printer to produce your booklets then you should provide the bureau a pdf containing the original pages rather than a half-baked imposition. They will have software which allows them to create a better imposition that allows for gutter creep and gutters for different folding patterns. A saddle stitched booklet of 72 pages would need 18 sheets of paper and that wouldn't fold very nicely so it may need to be created differently than the simplistic p72 facing p1 model.

    Your printer will understand all the variables here such as paper thickness and folding patterns so it is best to leave this to them. It is likely that they have to reverse engineer your imposition anyway. I would always recommend you talk to them and ask specifically what they need in advance - if you can get to the actual person that does the work rather than the salesman then you get much better information too. Far more important details for you are the printer drivers they will use (so you can format your document using that driver) and supplying them the fonts used in your document.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: Save as PDF (2007)

    Thanks for the advice, Andrew. Last time we gave them a PDF with the pages already imposed, and that worked fine, so I was expecting to do the same again.

    Ian

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