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what you want to achieve is called "imposition".

scribus does not do any imposition.

on linux there is a command line tool called pdfbook that can transform the pdf into a booklet.

there are other free software tools -- even gui ones -- that can help you do the imposition, but they are not always very easy to use for a beginner.

finally, last time i've tried, adobe reader did offer you the option of printing a booklet.

personally, i normally create the scribus document at the size i want it to be printed (A5, A6).
When printing it my own printer, i use a scribus script that produces a pdf with the "right" page order and, then, pdfnup to create an imposed PDF with double sided A4 pages.
for the final print, i normally send the the PDFs at the original size.

so, in your case, i guess you should simply look harder at the adobe reader preferences, when you print the Pdf created by scribus.
Thanks for responding so quickly.

I tried Scribus on a generic (text only) document (Scribus 1.5.4 Test.sla) that I created with 8 1/2 x 11 inch pages, and was indeed able to save out as PDF with facing pages (see Scribus 1.5.4 Test.pdf). However, they are still 8 1/2 x 11 inch pages, which with Adobe Reader, I can print them out two up either shrunk on 8/12 x11 or same size on Ledger (11x17).

But that is not what I'm after. I would like to be able to print (Facing Pages) onto an 11x17 inch document, which is a Print Dialog setting when printing in InDesign or an EXPORT (Save as PDF with Facing Pages selected) in Adobe InDesign. Whether you use the Print Dialog in InDesign or the Export-Save-as-PDF in InDesign, you still get a 11x17 (ledger) document showing facing pages (See InDesignTest.pdf). When Exporting in InDesign, it is simply a click on "Facing Pages" as it is in Scribus--except InDesign can yield 11x17 pages and Scribus still yields 8 1/2 x 11 single pages, which have to be printed as "multiples" in the Adobe Reader Print dialog box--not the same. The InDesign PDF truly lets me see how a spread looks when printed. Incidentally, Quark XPress works the same way as InDesign--going all the way back to Quark Xpress Version 4--as I can remember.

See comparison PDFs and Scribus document. Please note: This is text from an already published article of mine, which is copyrighted by the magazine for which I write. It's just text that I copied and pasted for the lack of anything else.

BTW: Except for this issue, from what I've tried so far with Scribus (including images, expert typography, etc.), Scribus is definitely in the big leagues! You can tell that it has its beginnings rooted in publishing from the ground up as opposed to some of the other "consumer" programs that are available. My days with page layout go back to ATEX on DEC PDP 11 equipment, paste-up and film--and then we finally moved to Quark XPress 3.X--and our company at the time went with an in-house Linotronic film setter.
pdf created with scribus can be printed as facing pages.
that's one of the most common use cases and it's not a problem at all...

are you sure that you are not asking about displaying the facing pages on screen?


p.s.: of course, we do not recommend to print directly from scribus, but to first create a pdf, and then print the pdf with a pdf reader... or hand over the pdf to a print shop for professional printing.
PDF Generation / Re: Can not embed FreeSans and FreeSerif Fonts
« Last post by a.l.e on July 16, 2019, 09:14:17 am »
probably because it contains lots of glyphs, for every possible language...
PDF Generation / Re: Can not embed FreeSans and FreeSerif Fonts
« Last post by founder on July 16, 2019, 08:23:08 am »
i guess that the font is considered as too big to be embedded...

if you go to the preferences, font section, you can uncheck the "subset" option for the font and it i guess that it will be embedded...

This worked.
Now is the question, why is freeserif.ttf with 3,3 MB so huge? The whole Free series has 10,8 MB, several times more, than other font series.
when I did my 40 page phone book I just laid it out in Printer spread and the darn printer printed in reader spread screwing it up, I thought reader spread was single pages, either way, won't it just print how you laid it out?
Text and Typography / Re: Scaling width of charecters in unicode (Malayalam, India)
« Last post by a.l.e on July 15, 2019, 06:50:39 pm »
yep, please open a new ticket for it...

and if you think that your team has the skills to fix such bugs (now that you have seen how the other bug has been fixed...), don't hesitate to try to dive into the scribus code!
Beginner Talk / Re: How to get Indesign file (.indd) into Scribus?
« Last post by a.l.e on July 15, 2019, 06:45:27 pm »
1.4.8 is the current stable version.
1.5.4 is the latest release of the development branch.
so, yes, 1.5 is a thing.

people starting with scribus should get the stable version.
if you need features that are only in the development version, you're welcome to try it out.
for most things it's ok to use it in production. (and because of the long cycle leading to the next stable 1.6, it might be the only way for you to achieve your goals with scribus...)

just be careful about two (main) things:

- files that have been saved with 1.5 cannot be opened with 1.4 anymore (so, do your tests with a copy of your documents... and there is no way back...)
- features that were already in 1.4 should work well in 1.5, too. if you're using new features, you should test if they work well for you, before using them in production.
Beginner Talk / Re: How to get Indesign file (.indd) into Scribus?
« Last post by j722 on July 15, 2019, 05:54:24 pm »
Am I wrong in that scribus is in version 1.4.8?
So a version 1.5 ??
Re:Scribus 1.5.4 on Windows 7 and/or Ubuntu Linux 18.04

I have used Quark XPress for 20 years and InDesign for half that time and both feature the ability to print "facing" pages" or "reader spreads" either on a larger size paper or PDF file (for example, a spread (facing pages) of two 8 1/2 inches x 11 inches on a single 11x17-inch sheet? I am not talking about--nor do I need--printer spreads or imposition. The ability to print "Facing Pages" is in the Print Dialog boxes for both Quark and Adobe programs--no need to go anywhere else or another piece of software or custom programming.

All I want to do is print facing pages as you see them side-by-side on the screen when a document is set up that way in the page map. Same would apply to a dinner/music program whose individual six pages are each 66 picas tall by 34 picas wide. When set up as facing pages (in three-up) they form a 66-pica tall by 102-pica page (i.e., 11x17 inches). So, six of these pages equal a front and back of a large  11x17-inch program folded into three panels.

Being able to print "reader spreads" or "Facing Pages" is invaluable for lining up pages side by side and fine tuning them. Maybe I'm missing something obvious.
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