Question: I have a 4-page manual in FrameMaker that I save as Adobe PDF. The pages are 8.5 x 11 inches and I’d like to print them 2 per side on 11 x 17 pages, duplexed, so that they can be folded in half and become a leaflet. However, when I print the PDF, the 8.5 x 11 pages seem to be formatted for 11 x 17, then shrunk to fit side by side. Unfortunately, this makes the end result smaller than printing 8.5 x 11 pages.
I’m using Adobe Acrobat Professional 6.0.0 5/19/2003 with Windows XP and printing to an HP LaserJet 9000 printer (although I’ve tried a few others and had the same result). I read a couple of other posts from people who wanted to do the same thing, and they were told to try the multiple-up pages, but I’ve been trying that and getting the result I described above.
Suggestions and Their Results
I received several suggestions, but none of them worked for me. However, they did lead me to the eventual solution.
Go back to the FrameMaker source file and format it for tabloid pages (11×17), but make the text areas letter-size (8.5 x 11).
Result: I had neglected to mention that I’m using structured FrameMaker and conditional text, so there are five flavours (and counting) of the file. Since I don’t want to reformat these documents five times (multiplied by every time I generate them), I have to change the source file. Also, when I change the text flow to put the last page first, FrameMaker won’t let me do it (which makes sense), not to mention, it breaks the structure.
Suggestion 2: The problem might be the Distiller settings, or the Adobe settings and printer settings are getting in each other’s way.
Result: I tried setting the printer settings from the Control Panel instead, and tried using the Adobe PDF printer driver and just printing to a file, but I got the same results.
Buy some software such as Quite Imposing (http://www.quite.com/imposing/) or Clickbook (http://www.bluesquirrel.com/products/clickbook/) that would allow you to do layout with PDF documents.
Result: Quite Imposing costs more money than I was willing to spend for a print run of a few dozen. Clickbook was a definite possibility, but I wasn’t ready to give up trying to solve the problem with my existing tools.
Give the PDF to a printing shop and get them to do the proper layout.
Result: I didn’t try this because I didn’t want to spend the money.
What worked for me is that I finally put together the ideas “printer driver” and “booklet,” and some suggestions that I get the company to buy a fancier printer. I changed to the sophisticated color copier/scanner/printer in the office. I found the “booklet” option in the printer settings and started to play with it. I got what I wanted by not choosing 2-up, choosing Booklet, and printing the pages in reverse order.
In conclusion, I think that I should have called this booklet printing, not 2-up. It can’t be done on all printers, and if you don’t have a printer with the Booklet option, you should look at Clickbook or a printing house.