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  • tim@lilliput-p.win-uk.net
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 1, 2000
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      >I would like to try my hand at making some attempt at printing something fo=
      >r myself. It seems as though there should be some sort of template to use =
      >with all this computer technoligy. A simple program to use for such a purp=
      >ose, that would lay out the pages correctly for the signatures. Something =
      >affordable.

      That depends on what you mean by 'lay out the pages correctly'. If
      you want a program to reorganise the pages into the right sequence
      for one signature, that is not difficult - even some word
      processors may have this facility. If you want a book rather than
      a booklet, i.e. several signatures, you will probably need
      specialist software, though there may be something around that
      isn't an outrageous price. If you want the pages not only ordered
      correctly, but imposed, i.e. lots of pages arranged on one sheet
      for printing, then you will be hard pressed to find anything
      affordable. Imposition software tends to be professional level,
      specialist etc., everything that adds noughts to the price.

      Try investigating Pagemaker. That has a plug-in that comes with
      the program, called Build Booklet. It is pretty sophisticated,
      allowing for adjustable gutters and creep, as well as for several
      layouts - including 2 up, 3 up, 4 up. What I don't know is exactly
      what scope all this has, as I've not used it for anything
      non-basic. It mentions imposition, but I suspect that might not
      go further than ordering the pages. And I haven't spotted anything
      else relating to signatures. Of course you could treat each
      signature as a separate booklet and do things that way, if
      necessary.

      Pagemaker is a pretty advanced program, though not difficult to
      use, and has crashed in price since Adobe launched InDesign, so
      you can get a lot of power for a fairly small outlay. But no DTP
      program is so easy that it does everything for you - it does take
      thought and planning to construct any book design.

      Good luck with your project.

      Tim

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    • jandt
      In the past I have made little books for friends by folding a sheet of paper into 16 sections and then numbering them so when I opened the paper it would show
      Message 2 of 3 , Nov 1, 2000
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        In the past I have made little books for friends by folding a sheet of paper
        into 16 sections and then numbering them so when I opened the paper it would
        show which pages went where and if they should be right side up or not.
        Then after much copying & pasteing I glued all the pages onto that sheet in
        the right sequence and orientation. Both sides. That would be my master
        and then I would make copies. the only thing I had to be careful for was to
        be sure the second side was cpoied correctly to corospond with the first
        side.
        these were generously called "artist books" by my friends, but they were
        really just simple amusements.

        Now I am thinking that if my graphics program can print out a greeting card
        with the proper orientation it certainly should be capeable of doing the
        same thing for a little book with the proper template....
        obviously the template is the biggest obsticle for me. I haven't been able
        to find any.
        The latest graphic program I've bought is Printmaster Platinum 7.0 - which
        is so confusing I don't know where to start. I think it has the tools to
        make one, but just don't know how.
        another member has suggested MS Word. I also have Corel 7 which my husband
        has said might work. I just don't know how to go about it.

        Since I would like to make a few copies of several books, it just seems it
        would be worth the effort to get a template made, so that what ever book I
        wanted to make the basics are there and I would just have to get the
        information together. It would be much nicer if I could just buy one.....

        I live in a very rural part of Iowa, miles and miles from anything that even
        resembles a city.

        thank you all for being so paitent with me. I hope I'm not too annoying to
        those of you who are Real bookmakers.

        thanks
        tree

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        That depends on what you mean by 'lay out the pages correctly'. If
        you want a program to reorganise the pages into the right sequence
        for one signature, that is not difficult - even some word
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