I need to be able to design a 8.5 x 11 in spread that I can can perfect bind on BOTH the left and right 8.5 in side.
Then I will print double sided and invert one side and then after it is bound on both sides, use a commercial paper cutter and cut straight down the middle and "presto!" two perfect 5.5 x 8.5 dictionaries.
The problem is, I have tried it all--even inverting one of the pages in ID, but when I export to PDF it automatically "helps" me and turns it right side up....
I know a lot of books are done this way. Is there anyone with any experience in this area who would be kind enough to help me?
I think I understand what you are trying to do, but I'm not sure I understand where you are encountering the problem. It seems like you would just design your spread in ID so that when you export your PDF for printing, everything is already inverted and ready to go, right?
Wouldn't that be easier than doing anything after the fact? I must be missing something. Would you mind explaining a bit more?