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I am trying to configure a fairly complex document in InDesign. A document would need to have 3 pages per spread, should start from a first single page, and spine should be attached to its left edge.

Then, it should have following three pages 2, 3, and 4 in one spread. The spine should be between 2nd and 3rd page, whereas pages 3 and 4 should be folded. It is like one side from a spine should have two pages folded.

This is what I am thinking about:

      â•‘ 1
    2 â•‘ 3 | 4
5 | 6 â•‘ 7
    8 â•‘ 9 | 10

The character â•‘ means a spine between pages whereas | means two pages are folded.

I have managed to set three pages per spread:

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but whenever I export the document or print it, I always get a standard 2 face structure. The pages are printed in a normal configuration:

   â•‘ 1
 2 â•‘ 3
 4 â•‘ 5
 6 â•‘ 8
 8 â•‘ 9
10 â•‘ 11

How to achieve it?

Thanks

2016/08/22
1
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8/22/2016 6:57:00 PM

I could not find an answer to my solution so I have fiddled a little bit with scripting in the InDesign. I have created a JavaScript function that does the job, exactly what I needed. If someone is interested in the solution, this is my script:

// Shuffle pages to make a complex structure: 2 pages bound, 2 pages folded, 2 pages bound, 2 pages folded, and so on.

main();

function main() {
    var myDoc = app.activeDocument;
    var myPages = myDoc.pages;

    var extrapages = myPages.length % 6;

    if (extrapages > 0) {
        for(var c = 0; c < extrapages; c++) {
            myPages.add();
        }
    }

    var offset = 1;
    for(var c = 0; c < myPages.length/6; c++) {
        myPages.item(offset+4).move(LocationOptions.AFTER, myPages.item(offset+1));
        offset = offset + 6;
    }
}

Note: The script adds a few pages so that their number is a multiple of six to avoid errors if I refer to a page number that does not exist. That's the drawback. I don't know how to handle errors :)

2016/09/01
1
9/1/2016 1:50:00 PM