Book layout software?

Subject: Book layout software?
From: jennysubs -at- mac -dot- com
To: techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 17:43:28 -0800


I told a local organization that, sure, I'd be happy to put together the program for their annual auction. I've worked on these before and mistakenly assumed they would take it to a printer.

However, to save money, they want to use their fancy copier/printer and have it put the staples in the middle. Somehow, I have to figure out how to get the pages in the right places so that when they print 8.5 by 11 double-sided and fold it, it will read in the proper order. I will also have to accommodate last-minute changes, so I worry that if I carefully figure it out, some last-minute fantastic item will show up and trash the text flow.

So, what was a simple project has now become one that I am not sure how to do. (You'd think I would after being a tech writer since the dawn 'o time, but I haven't encountered this problem.)

I have the following tools: Frame, Pages (Mac), and Word (Mac). I don't have inDesign.

Does anyone know of an easy way to do this using the tools listed above? Is there a (free/cheap) add-on that could make my life easier?

Awaiting the collected wisdom of our community....

Jenny Greenleaf
Portland, OR


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