Printing Booklets On The LaserJet (OS X)

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Here's how to print a PDF in booklet form (2-up printing, double-sided), from OS X.

Adding and configuring the printer

First, find and configure the HP LaserJet 8150.

In System Preferences -> Print & Fax, click the "+" button to add a new printer.

Fill out the form as follows:

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In the Installable Options page, make sure you click the "Duplex Unit" checkbox:

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Install the booklet software

Download and install the "Create Booklet" software:

This software is needed because booklet printing requires rearranging the pages in a way which is more sophisticated (see ) than what the OS X print dialog allows.

Print your booklet

Open up your PDF, choose File -> Print. From the "PDF" drop-down menu (bottom left corner of screen) choose "Create Booklet":

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The "Create Booklet" software will churn in the background for a moment, and then you will see a new booklet-version of your PDF open up in Preview, which you can save and print.

When you print the booklet, you'll need to make sure it prints double-sided using the "short-edge binding" layout:

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Use the paper cutter to chop your booklet in half (warning: don't expect to cut more than 5 or 6 pages at a time without causing tears), and take the pages to Kinko's to have them bound with spiral plastic (for a charge of about $6).