Today we’re headed back to yesteryear to create something many of us need, but don’t know how to make. While most of the digital world has gone head over heels in love with PDFs, there are some of us who prefer an document made of atoms from time to time.
Saving a document as a PDF and printing the PDF are simple enough on a Mac. Create the document, click the Print button and select PDF then Save As PDF. Viola! A PDF ready to print. However, a printed PDF does not a booklet make. Here’s how to create a real booklet.
Fold, Baby, Fold
A booklet is merely a small book, usually with printing on both sides of a page. To get the same effect with a typical PDF document requires an expensive printer and a few extra steps. If you’re in a hurry and want a booklet from a PDF I’ll recommend BookletCreator every time.
Why? BookletCreator takes a standard PDF document and rearranges the pages so when the pages are printed, they can be folded into a book. Check the image below. The top row displays the typical printing pattern of an eight-page book; pages one to eight.
The bottom row displays how BookletCreator rearranges the printed pages so they can be folded into a booklet.
There are a few caveats, but none that prohibit a standard PDF from being converted into a booklet PDF within seconds. First, the PDF should be in portrait mode. Most are. The PDF cannot be password protected. Most are not.
Otherwise, all that’s required to create the booklet and make it ready for double-sided printing is to open BookletCreator, select the PDF to convert, and click the Create Booklet button.
That’s about as easy a way as possible to convert a PDF document into a printable booklet. So, what happens during the conversion process.
If there’s an easier, faster way to create booklets from a PDF on your Mac, I don’t know what it is. BookletCreator is also available as a Windows PC app.