I recently set up a doc just like that, except it stands on the desk like a
flip-chart. Each page show one common procedure. I can send you a PDF if
you like.
If each page has a single topic, then the way you have it is great.
If your procedures commonly extend beyond one page, then maybe this layout
is not a good candidate for your content.
john


On Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 4:54 PM, Carol J. Elkins <celk...@awrittenword.com>
wrote:

> Framers,
>
> I'm ready to print a wire-bound pocket-sized booklet that will be
> top-bound (coil binding along the top of the book) so as to fit nicely in
> one's pocket. In all my 18 years of doing this, this is the first time I've
> run across having to publish a top-bound book, so I have no experience to
> guide me. Thus I'm emailing you.
>
> I've printed the Framemaker file to PDF and had the printer make a demo
> copy for me. When the booklet is held open to a two-page spread, the top
> page is upside down. In order to view it, one has to turn the booklet over
> or upside-down. I have some questions:
>
> 1. Is this the customary way to print a top-bound book? Or should both
> pages be visibly oriented the same direction? (That would put the page
> number of the top (even-numbered) pages on the bound edge.)
>
> 2. If not, what is the easiest way to get the even-numbered pages turned
> upside down? 1) By changing the Framemaker template; 2) By doing something
> in Acrobat; or 3) by telling the printer to do something on his end.
>
> 3. Is there a word that describes this kind of layout? I work with
> imposition in booklet printing a lot but it doesn't seem to apply to
> top-bound books.
>
> I've asked my client to do a bit of usability testing to determine if it
> will make a difference to his users. Will they want to view two pages at
> once? Will they be inconvenienced by having to flip the book over every
> time they advance to the next page? This is a field test manual and they
> will definitely progress through the book one page at a time. While he's
> checking that out, I thought I'd check with you for input.
>
> Carol
>
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