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InDesign CS6: Printing Alternate Layouts with Print Booklet (Workaround!)

I recently found out that Alternate Layouts and Print Booklet does not play well together.

Screen shot 2013-05-10 at 11.53.45 AM This is what happens when you try to use Print Booklet with Alternate Layouts:Print Booklet will impose the pages together as if it is one big long layout, mixing your different orientation/sized pages. This is kind of expected, since Alternate Layouts are just page sections in disguise.So, how to get Print Booklet to work? Well, deleting the alternate layout seems to let Print Booklet print the first layout, so that’s all well and good, but when you delete the first layout to print the second layout, we get a different problem:
Screen shot 2013-05-10 at 11.53.49 AM “The active document Uses multiple page sizes. Print Booklet works only with documents that use a consistent Page size.So it’ll print the original, but not the alternate layout. I’ve tried setting the page size from File > Document Setup, Edit Page size from the Page Panel, The Page Tool, Delete Master Pages that are the wrong orientation, Checked Master Page Overlay… and can’t get it to work consistently….So what to do?!
 Screen shot 2013-05-10 at 12.53.28 PM In a last ditch attempt to get this to work consistently, I decided to place the alternate layout into a new InDesign Document (of the same dimension), and then use Print Booklet with the new layout.It’s not an elegant solution, but it’s quick and dirty and doesn’t take that much time if you set up your document right and the layout isn’t long).Problem Solved!

Alternatively, you can use the Booklet Printing function in Acrobat, but I wanted to find a solution in InDesign.

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  1. Jill
    2013/07/31 at 7:35 pm

    I tried that and it didn’t work… any other solutions? I’m at a loss!

    • Canvai
      2013/08/01 at 4:41 pm

      Why wouldn’t it work? it’s just placing InDesign pages as images into a new document….

  2. eventmanagement58
    2013/08/07 at 4:16 pm

    This worked for me.

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