Thursday, April 18, 2013

How to print a document in booklet form from OS X

A picture of a printed booklet formatted document.
When presented with a large document to read on my computer, I like to print the document in booklet form. This saves on paper and make the document easier to handle since it is considerably smaller than if it was printed single or even double sided. On Windows I originally used ClickBook by Blue Squirrel but left them due to frustrating support issues for FinePrint. However since making the 'switch' to using a Mac as my primary computer I have been missing this capability and have been looking for a solution off an on for a while now. ClickBook is available for the Mac, but at $49.95 and my previous frustrations with them I continued to look elsewhere. I have finally found a freeware solution that I was able to get working. By installing and using the following Create Booklet PDF workflow software, I was able to get documents to print in booklet form using my HP C5180 All-in-one printer. It is nowhere near as slick as ClickBook or FinePrint on the PC, but it does get the job done.

Download the latest Create Booklet software from here:

Print your document using the "Create Booklet" PDF Workflow. You can get at this menu option by pressing the "PDF" button in the lower left of the print dialog.

This will print the document to a PDF file formatted as a booklet and open it in Preview.

Now choose to print the booklet formatted PDF from Preview making sure to 'Show Details' in the print dialog and...

For automatic double-sided printers

In the Print dialog, configure to automatically print double-sided.
  • Under the "Layout" section
  • Set Two-sided: Short-edge binding
Click Print.

For manual double-sided printers

Since your printer does not do double-sided printing, you will need to print the front side of each page and then re-insert the paper into the paper tray and re-print the back side of each page.

In the Print dialog, configure to print the odd pages in reverse order.
  • Under the "Paper handling" section
  • Set, Pages to Print: Odd Only
  • Set, Page Order: Reversed
Click Print.

You should now have the odd pages printed. Place the printed pages back in the printer tray, keeping them oriented the same as the way they printed.

Choose to print again and configure to print the even pages.
  • Under the "Paper handling" section
  • Set, Pages to Print: Even Only
  • Set, Page Order: Normal
Click Print.

That's it. You should have a nice booklet of your printout.


One of the advantages of the Windows software is that they both have wizards that take you through the process of determining how to manually feed your printer to get double-sided booklet printing working. This can be an aggravating process. If the pages are not printed in the correct order, you may need to change the page order to get the front and back pages to line up.

A couple of hints:
  • Only print the first four pages of your document, that way you will have just enough pages to test how your printer is printing each page.
  • Write on the blank pages before printing, the page number, orientation, front/back, etc on the paper before printing it so you can see where exactly the printer is putting each page.

Windows Software

If you need Windows software to print in booklet form and many other styles, check out these products.

FinePrint Software

ClickBook Blue Squirrel

Update 04/18/2013:
Create Booklet website link has changed.

Update 01/14/2012:
We now have a double sided printer, the HP OfficeJet 8500 A910. When printing the booklet PDF,  Under the "Layout" section, select Two-sided: Short-edge binding and print, that's it.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Food and Cooking web sites.

Having moved to Dublin I find myself cooking more often than I did in the states. I think one of the primary reasons for this is that the quality of the food that we get at the 'supermarket' here is much better than what we would get in Littleton, CO. For the most part the food is fresher, since it is sourced locally. Another driving force in deciding to cook something versus purchasing is that we may not be able to get it here... as an example we like blue cheese dressing and have been unable to find a quality bottled dressing, so we make our own. It is easy and tastes great. In my hunt for food/cooking sites I have run across a few memorable ones that are worth sharing.

Cooks Illustrated (Subscription Required)

This is a great site for geeky cooks, their take on cooking is detailed and helpful, especialy for thoose of us that have not had much help in the kitchen. They do not take anything for granted, all steps are clearly explained. Most recipes are arrived at through a trail and error process that is explained in detail. This is my go to source when I am looking for a recipe that is going to come out great.

Rouxbe (Free for 30 days)

A cooking school course, online. They have great videos and detailed explanations of some foundational skills that help in cooking. For example I 'suck' at creating sauces... I am getting better, but not where I want to be yet. They have a great series of videos on creating sauces and being able to watch a video of the sauce preparation helps a lot.

Updated June 6th, 2012: I have had nothing but problems related to their billing system, sending multiple notices and in my mind a confusing upgrade process. When I have sent them emails regarding my issues I have received emails that went out of their way to show how I was wrong in my assumptions. This did not leave me with a feeling that had any interest in actually having a two way conversation. I would NOT recommend this site at all.

Mark Bittman on Food (Blog)

I found a reference to this blog on lifehacker. I find that Mark has an infectious style and although I am not quite ready to be as hardcore about some of his ideas, I find his recipes simple and delicious. We love the Seven-P recipe and we had is Welsh Rarebit (Rabit) for a new years day snack. He has cool video series of videos including one up with Jamie Oliver aka The Naked Chef where he cooks up a simple Parmesan Chicken.


This site has an active set of forums and has been a good resource for recipes of items that we do not have access to here. For example, I created a green bean casserole (Recipe from Cooks Illustrated) for Thanksgiving, but with no French's Onions to be had, I needed to make them from scratch... I found a recipe for them here.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The business of source code

Here are a couple of interesting blog posts related to business and source code. (BTW, these are great blogs to subscribe to...)

37 Signals, have you heard of them? They create web based productivity tools and are heavy in to Rails (Ruby's web framework) I blogged regarding a Rails book by one of the members of 37 signals that I found very compelling. here. They can be opinionated, but I find that makes their blog interesting to read. This post is about something I have been an advocate of, but have been unable to articulate well: How to re purpose one's product and sell it multiple times.
The other blog is from Mr. Scott Hanselman (a blue badge for just over a year now) I find his writing style and posts enjoyable and often thought provoking. He brings a fresh attitude and experience with him to MS and is the one who recommended the above post on his twitter feed. Anyway he has an interesting series of posts that he does called 'The Weekly Source Code' were he picks some projects and reviews the code available. This week he focuses on F#, you can find it here:
Oh and BTW he is NOT the lead singer of Cake, even IF he looks like it ;)

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Leopard’s Parental Controls

Parental controls in Leopard, what a pain. My son has a Vista desktop pc and shares a Leopard MacBook and I have setup parental controls on both systems to limit the amount of time he spends on each and where his surfing takes him. For the most part the Vista box 'just works' but the MacBook does not. As an example I am unable to use the Leopard web filter since we are using Google for your domain to provide email for our family and with Leopard's web filter enabled, he is unable to access the site. We access the GFYD services using and address that contains the google service and our domain name, for example our custom start page is: My guess is that leopard is trying to be smart and thinks this is a proxy/redirection and does not allow him to connect. The problem is there does not appear to be a way to white list this, it always fails. The only solution I found was to turn of web filtering. Today he registered for an account with (Viva Piniata) and was unable to login using firefox. If he uses Safari, he can login... If I disable parental controls, he can login using firefox, argh. I give up... no more parental controls under Leopard. Has anyone else had better luck with Leopard's parental controls? I need to do more research on this, might make an appointment with a 'genius' just to see if they have any ideas.