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Booklet Printing in Wrong Order

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I work for a commercial print shop, and we print booklets all the time on our C75 digital press.  I have a 24-page booklet created in InDesign.  By 24-page I mean the pages number 1-24 including covers, printing on 6 sheets of 11x17 paper, 2-sided, which we booklet-fold and saddle-stitch.  Document page 1 has the spread for 24/1; page 2 has 2/23; page 3 has 22/3; page 4 has 4/21; etc. This is how I always layout a booklet.  But when I print this booklet two-sided and set it to booklet fold (outside) and staple center (saddle-stitch), the pages come out in the wrong order.

 

The booklet ends up in this order:

1, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, blank(23), blank(2), 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 24

 

Pages 22 and 23 are blank, so it's hard for me to tell which is which.  I think I have it correct above, but it could be 2 then 23.

 

The thing I don't understand is that the booklet is mostly printed in opposite order, but not completely.  The outside of the covers print where they belong, but the insides print in the middle of the booklet.  And every other page in the book prints in reverse order.

 

I've printed this booklet before with no troubles. I'm thinking there must be some little step I've forgotten, or some setting that got changed I overlooked, but I keep going over it and it never prints right.  I literally print booklets every week, so it seems odd I'd forget something, but I don't know what else it could be.

 

Thoughts on what I might have missed?  Is it a printer thing or operator error?

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Re: Booklet Printing in Wrong Order

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Needs to be printed in Reverse order. It is vastly easier and manageable to not design it in spreads and let the Fiery/FFPS do the imposition.

 

But this should be the box that needs changing in Indesign

 

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No idea on the covers, sounds more like they are inserted as pre-printed, or controlled separately within the driver, like how the Fiery does in Layout or Mixed media sections.

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Joe Arseneau
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Re: Booklet Printing in Wrong Order

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Thanks Joe!  Turns out that it wasn't the 'Reverse Order' button I needed to check, but the nearby 'Print Blank Pages' box.  Somehow that got unchecked, and it threw off my page order.  I didn't even know that button was there, and never would have found it if you hadn't mentioned Reverse Order.

 

Thanks again!