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CocoaBooklet lets you create a booklet out of a PDF file, it is a page imposition tool.

A booklet is book that is bound in the middle. Which means that a booklet has four pages printed on one sheet of paper (two on each sides). If you have for example a PDF file with 8 pages, you booklet will look like this:

  • First sheet, first side: pages 8 and 1
  • First sheet, second side: pages 2 and 7
  • Second sheet, first side: pages 6 and 3
  • Second sheet, second side: pages 4 and 5

The bottom line is that you simply print your booklet, staple it by the middle, fold it in two and you have a book! more...

What's New

Version 2.0.4:
  • Bugfix: under certain conditions, the PDF Service didn't work
  • Interface and help corrected to mirror the change in the way the PDF Service works

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher, Java 1.4.2

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Georgio8
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Was very happy with this on Leopard, but it crashes on open for me in Snow Leopard 10.6.2/MacBookPro.

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Version 2.0.4
ChristoDeluxe
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Developer's site now says this won't work on Snow Leopard (or later) because Apple removed their Cocoa-Java library starting in 10.6. He has no plans to conitnue. Too bad, this was a good little tool.

http://www.iconus.ch/fabien/page33/page33.html

Norville
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Despite what the developer's site says, you CAN get it working on Snow Leopard (if you're willing to hack a little bit). I've been happily using this great little utility for a while now on 10.6. The steps are outlined here:

http://www.notesfromandy.com/2009/09/06/getting-back-the-cocoa-java-bridge-in-snow-leopard/

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mikeps408
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This looks easy, but I have a problem. 80 page doc. But after I drop the pdf into CB, the pages are not in the right order and there's an extra blank page at the beginning (should be one). I printed a copy to make sure I was seeing this right and it's definitely out of order. Sound familier to anyone?

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Version 2.0.4
jiiota
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I had the same problem as another user- cocoabooklet for some reason inserts a blank page at the beginning and another on the second page, which throws everything out of order. This app is SO close to being perfect and wonderful. What's frustrating me is I can't understand the reasoning behind the blank pages. My first page is the front cover of the booklet, and my last page is the back cover of the booklet. But the two blank pages are just enough to throw the whole thing out of whack.

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Anonymous
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I am so excited right now! I have been making booklets (60-70 pages ea.) for years, the old fashioned way (yes, cutting with scissors and taping) b/c I could not figure out how to arrange the pages correctly on the computer. Your program has saved me HOURS of work and many dollars in Tylenol. Thank you! Thank you! It was so easy to use. I'm not sure it could be any easier. Have I said thank you yet?!

Thank you!!!

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Version 1.3.3
Rubaiyat
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It is simple to work out your own imposition.

Just get a piece of paper and fold it into half, then half again, then half again. (assuming it is in 16 page signatures).

Starting at the front number the bottom outside corner.

Now unfold it and you have a guide to layout.

Just place and turn the pages of the document where you need them.

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Anonymous
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This program rules. The only problem I have is getting my printer to not skip pages on the second pass of printing. This happens on both of my printers, and it usually means I have to start over. It helps if you're not printing in draft mode, but that's no guarantee. Anyway, that's not this programs fault.

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Version 1.3.2
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Anonymous
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Really great utility. It only took me about 45 minutes to learn how to impose my 20-pg booklet and print a perfect copy on my color laserjet.

US users: make sure to set the correct page size in CocoaBooklet prefs. For my 5in x 5in booklet I set it to 10in x 5in (spread size.) Then I printed the resulting PDF from Acrobat with crops, trimmed and backed them up. (Didn't try duplex printing from my laserjet but it might have worked ok too.)

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Version 1.3.2
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Anonymous
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Can someone compare this to the $50 ClickBook? It works quite well. Thanks!

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Version 1.3.2
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Anonymous
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I just have to simply say... "Bravo!"

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Version 1.3
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Anonymous
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OMG, our imposition dreams have been answered!

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Version 1.3
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Anonymous
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Ahhhhhh, in software as in life, a rare pleasure… a simple thing done perfectly.

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Version 1.2.1
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Anonymous
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This is a really neat tool for making CD booklets. Nothing fancy but takes the hassle out of counting and aligning pages. Just make the booklet with a 12cm square page and feed it to CocoaBooklet and hey presto.

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Version 1.0.1
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Lotuslake
Version 2.0.4
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Downloads 50,484
Version Downloads 36,685
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Date 07 Mar 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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