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Unfortunately there is no way in the Mac OSX print dialog to automatically create a booklet. There used to be a free app called ‘Create Booklet’ but the free version broke with the release of Mojave. You can do it manually bit it is fairly complex and time consuming. This article outlines the 2 options: the easy way (paid) and the hard way (free.)
There are plenty of Apps that will create a booklet for you.
The cheapest is a brand new app simply called ‘Booklet.’ It’s $1.49 in the Mac App store, and to me that’s abbot the right price for a booklet making app. (It’s not a complicated task.) You can purchase booklet from the App Store here. I’ve been using it for a few days and it seems to be OK.
Another option is ‘Create Booklet,‘ available for $19.95 from the Mac App Store. I have been using it for years and it is reliable and easily accessible from the print menu when you go to print a document. (There used to be a free version but it no longer works in Mojave).
Another paid option is booklet creator available for $30. It allows you to print a booklet up to 8 pages for free.
A third option is cheap imposter for $35.
Adobe Acrobat Pro (also paid) has an option to create a booklet in its print dialog.
If you are only doing this once, have plenty of time or like a challenge then you can create a booklet manually using Preview. This will give exactly the same result as the above applications. The OSX print dialog can do the hardest bit – rotating 2 pdf pages, shrinking them, and putting them together onto 1 page. But the order will be all wrong for a booklet. So all you need to do is rearrange the pages and then send it to the printer as 2 pages per sheet.
You need to add some blank pages to the booklet out so that it has a multiple of 4 pages. (The booklet needs to be 4 pages, 8 pages, 12 pages, 16 pages etc.) You can do this in Preview with the ‘Insert – Blank Page’ (Found in the Edit menu.)
You need to rearrange the pages to be in the right order to make a booklet. This is the order you need:
4 pages: 4,1,2,3.
8 pages: 8,1,2,7,6,3,4,5.
16 pages: 16,1,2,15,14,3,4,13,12,5,6,11,10,7,8,9.
Can you see the pattern?
The pattern is Last, first x2, last x2, first x2 , last x2 etc.
In practice the way to do this is: Grab the Last page then delete it, grab the First page then delete it, grab the new first page then delete it, grab the last Page x2 etc until all the pages are gone.
I find the easiest way to do this is as follows:
You can now select ‘Save to pdf’ to make a new pdf file of the booklet, or you can print the booklet directly to your printer.
This sounds complicated but OS X can foo it automatically. Yes – OS X can do the most complicated part it just can’t do the simple part of rearranging the pages!
To combine the pages into a booklet go to ‘Print’ the document and then select these 3 options under ‘Layout’:
If you have selected all three options you can either ‘Print’ directly to the printer, or a safer option is to select ‘Save to pdf, save it as a new pdf booklet, then print this booklet using preview.