Apr 15

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My friend Dave has just moved across to a mac and he tells me that in Microsoft publisher you can use a booklet template to make a booklet. Publisher did this automatically. With Pages in OS X there is no such built in option to do this automatically, but there is a great little program called ‘create booklet’ that will do it for you when you go to print the document.

By booklet I mean A4 pages folded in half to make an A5 booklet that you staple in the middle. To do this all the pages need to be re-ordered, for example, page 8 goes near page 1, page 2 near page 7 and so on.

You need to download a little program called ‘Create Booklet’ which will add an extra option to your printing window to allow you to do this.

You can download it directly here or you can try the original webpage here.

After you’ve downloaded it, Click on the ‘install- Create Booket PDF Service’
This will install an extra menu item in your printer menu to be able to print booklets.

After you’ve done this, go into Pages (or Microsoft Word or whatever program you are trying to print from) and select print, like you are going to normally print a document. But instead of pressing print (in the bottom right corner of the window) select the ‘PDF’ button in the bottom left of the window, and click on ‘Create Booklet’

Your document will automatically be made into a booklet.

It will open in a new window, and you can either ‘save’ it as a PDF file (to email to someone or print out later) or you can print it as a booklet to your printer.

You then need to select the ‘double sided’ box and select ‘short edge binding’ not ‘long edge binding’.  Short edge binding means you want to fold the booklet along the shorter edge of the A4 page. If you select ‘long edge binding’ it will print ht back page upside down.

When you are designing a booklet, it will be printed smaller than usual. The A4 page you see on your screen will be printed on 1/2 an A4 page when you make a booklet, so you ‘ll make all the text a bit bigger than usual. Eg you may choose to use 18 point font instead of 12.

Note: There was an application called ‘Cocoa Booklet’ that used to do this but it doesn’t work in Snow Leopard, this is the new way of doing it.

Note: If you want to publish a book, and need a more professional binding solution try this program (it’s not free).

Create Booklet and El Capitan

Some people have reported that ‘ create booklet’  does not work with El Capitan.  I can verify that it does work perfectly with El Capitan. If it’s not working can I suggest you try reinstalling it.

Also, I think there are two versions running around…

There is the paid version by ‘TheKeptPromise’ available  from the Apple App store and from here,  which is called “create booklet 1.2”. It costs $15.  It may not work with El Capitan.

I can verify that ‘create booklet 1.1’, the free version by Christoph Vogelbusch does work with El Capitan. Last time I checked it was available from here.

 

49 Responses to “How to print a PDF booklet.”

  1. Steve says:

    This doesn’t seem to work any more on El Capitan. Anyone got any solutions?

  2. Carolyn Leyboldt says:

    I have used this app in the past with great success. Then I upgraded to El Capitan:( When I did my December newsletter in Pages and selected Create booklet, it processed the pages but didn’t produce the booklet! Tried it a few times. Nada. Even repurchased the app and re-installed. Still nothing. Any suggestions? Page is version 5.6, Mac Capitan 10.11

  3. Caitlin says:

    I have just gone from PC to Mac, with Word II and found that none of my brochures open now – ALL my advertising is in this format. I spent a frustrating day writing a brochure on a Word Template that is tabloid in size, and so won’t print the text at the size I see it – only bits of it. Nothing works. We just put El Capitan on and I don’t know what to do now. I am livid that all today was wasted.

    • Wayne says:

      Even though I hate Microsoft Word, I have found the compatibility between Microsoft Word on the Mac and PC to be exceptional. I haven’t had a file that has not come nicely into my Macintosh version of Word. So you might be doing something wrong. Have you got the latest version of office on your Mac? The version of Word that I currently have is version 15.15

  4. Kay says:

    Thank you so much for this app! If only I knew sooner of this app, I wouldn’t have gotten so much trouble for the past 3 years designing and printing my church’s annual report in booklet form. Working flawlessly with microsoft Word mac OS X 10.9

  5. Harold Guenthner says:

    What do I do if there is no short edge binding option? All of the steps you have provided here have helped tremendously, but when I open the print menu the only options are:
    A4
    A5
    A5 Long Edge
    A6
    B5
    B6

    And various other options that I know are wrong like “envelope” and “3 X 5”

    Thanks!

  6. mike says:

    Hi
    Ive just installed the create booklet app on to my Mac with El Capitan. It works perfectly except…… when using the 2 sided function,pages 2 & 3 are printed upside down, 4 & 5 are printed right way up & 6 & 7 upside down and so on.
    What am I doing wrong, has anyone else experienced this?

    • Wayne says:

      Toggle the long-edge-binding or short-edge-binding option.

      • mike says:

        Thanks Wayne,

        Did that and now its printed out perfectly. I thought I had done that when I chose double sided printing so don’t know what went wrong, but alls well that ends well.
        Thanks for your help

  7. archangel says:

    Hi there, please could you help me?
    I bought Create Booklet thinking it would make 4-up booklet in portrait,
    each page about 4.25 x 5.5
    with borders at top of each page of .25,
    at bottom of each page .75,
    outside page edges .25,
    and gutter .45 or so for ea page.

    But all I can get is 2 much larger pages side by side, landscape. [4 pages to an 8.5×11 page].
    What I need are four pages on each side of paper sheet of 8.5×11 equalling 8 pages per 8.5×11 sheet.

    Maybe this app doesnt do that?

    For the two pages landscape front and back it is so easy, but they are too large for our projects.

    I hope you can help this grandma.

    Thank you in advance

    • Wayne says:

      Create booklet cannot do that.
      Instead, go to ‘Layout’ in the print dialog, then select “Pages per Sheet:” and choose 4, that might do what you are after.

      • archangel says:

        thanks wayne, appreciate it. I tried it, and it does do it but the margins are hinky and the print even though set at 16, came out about 6pt.

        Have to find a solution, but thanks for answering

  8. Selek says:

    What if I wanted to print on legal sized paper (8.5 x 14), not letter size? Do the same steps apply?

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