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11x17 Newsletters?

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Gerianne Carillo Calculating status...
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Feb 27, 2008 6:38 AM
I've been doing newsletters for about 4 years now with Pages (roughly 10-14 pages long). I have been formatting as 8.5x11 pages; recently, printers have been asking me to submit 11x17 pdfs. I've tried lots of different things, and can't seem to format this easily, without completely recreating the wheel for my current production. Even then, I'm not sure it would work!
The only way I have been successful is by saving each individual page as a pdf, then creating a new 11x17 document and plunking the individual pdfs in. I would imagine this would decrease quality, but I don't know that for sure.

So I have 2 questions:
1. How does one go about creating a newsletter/other production in 11x17 format?
2. Does my idea of using individual pdfs decrease the quality of the printed result?

Thanks for any input you all might have!
iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.5.2), Power PC
  • Mark Knoll1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Feb 27, 2008 7:41 AM (in response to Gerianne Carillo)
    Hi Gerianne,

    The freeware program CocoaBooklet will create 11 x 17 documents from your letter-size pdfs and will even get the pages in the right order. So you won't need to change anything in the way you produce your newsletter in Pages. Just output the letter-size pdfs as normal and let CocoaBooklet do the rest.

    I've used this program for several years and have never had a problem with it.

    Hope this helps.

  • Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,085 points)
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    Feb 27, 2008 9:42 AM (in response to Gerianne Carillo)
    Welcome to Apple Discussions Gerianne

    As Mark said, use Cocoa Booklet. Here are some instructions I wrote for someone else a while back.

    Create your Pages document in Letter-size as normal & then Export the Pages document to a PDF. Launch Cocoa Booklet & open its Preferences. In Paper Size set the Paper Format to "Personnalisé" with the Width 17 x Height 11 (measuring unit is set in a drop-down menu at the lower left of this preference window. Leave the default margins. In the Destination preference, select Yes for Add a suffix? to avoid overwriting your original PDF & click Save. The choices in the Options preferences are all left unchecked for your tabloid-size document. Then drag the PDF to the icon of Cocoa Booklet to will create a new PDF in booklet form.

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