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I have found that Clickbook doesn't work for me (because of the PostScript
issue). There are also other similar utilities. They may work for you,
depending on your printer. I found them all unsuitable for one reason, or
We also create our publications in booklet format (using letter and legal
sized paper). We print them in-house on Docutech machines.
Before we switched to using FrameMaker, we were using PageMaker. PageMaker
has a wonderful utility called Build Booklet. When we switched to
FrameMaker, I was very upset to discover it doesn't have a similar utility.
Eventually, after some fiddling, I managed to force FrameMaker to print
booklets by making my own booklet templates. If you want, I can send you a
sample template. You will need to modify it to fit the number of pages for
Here is how I created the template:
1. Open a new file and change the page size to the final printed size (e.g.
for a half-letter booklet, you will need pages in a landscape, letter
2. Create two text boxes of the same size side-by-side on the page.
3. Add as many pages as you will be using in the finished booklet.
4. Copy and paste the text boxes you created in step 2 onto all of the
5. Use Format>Customize Layout and the "Connect text frames" option to
re-connect the frames into the proper flow. Instructions for doing this are
in the FrameMaker manual.
Sorry that this is not more clear. Perhaps if you see my sample template it
will make more sense.
When I am working on a manual that will be using the booklet format, I do
the writing and layout using a single page format. When I am finished, I
copy the text flow in the single page file, and paste it into the booklet
A few caveats when using this method:
1. You can use cross-references in the single-page format, but when you copy
them into the booklet and then update them (as happens during a save) they
will be wrong. You can avoid this by converting all cross-references to
text, either just before you copy and paste, or immediately after you copy
and paste. (Click Special>Cross-references>Convert to text)
2. You cannot use automatically generated headers and footers. You will have
to create and position them manually.
3. You will have to create and position the page numbers manually.
4. Do not set any paragraphs to the "Top of Page" pagination setting. Use
"Top of Column" instead.
I'm looking for templates that you can use in Frame and Word to
small folded and stapled booklets. I'm talking about the booklets
on standard-sized paper and then folded in half, with page 1 beside,
page 8, page 2 beside page 7, and so on. I searched the Adobe site a
ago and couldn't find what I wanted.
Does anyone out there have any ideas? Any help would be appreciated.
by the way, is there a special name for those booklets? I always
use the correct term if possible.)
Manager, Documentation and Translation
Longview Solutions Inc.