Pecha printing with Windows

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Preparation
Make sure you have installed the software for your operating system described in Working with PDF Documents.

Transforming PDF Pechas for Printing

[1] Tool to calculate the page reordering sequences

Printing three pecha pages on one A4 landscape page

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[2] Use PDFill to reorder the PDF pages.
[3] Use PDFill to merge multiple pages on one A4 page (n-up).
  • Your pecha needs to available as PDF document with each pecha page being one PDF page. The total number of pages needs to be a multiple of six. (Add empty pages to the document if necessary.)
  • Use WindowsFormatPrinter to calculate the page reordering sequence for A4 landscape pecha (3 pechas on one A4 landscape page): Enter the number of pages (which must be a multiple of six) of the original PDF document, select 'A4 lanscape pecha (3 on a page)' and 'Calculate'. Copy the strange number-string that results. It will be used to re-order the PDF document so that pages are in right order for printing. (See image [1])
  • Use PDFill, option 'Split or reorder PDF pages'. Paste the page-number string generated above into 'reorder' and save a PDF that has reordered pages. (See image [2])
  • Then use the PDFill option 'Reformat multiple pages into one page'. Select landscape A4, set all six margin input fields to zero, select three rows and one column and switch off the two options borders and notes fields. (See image [3], but adapt the values for rows and columns.)
  • The resulting PDF can be printed using the double-sided long-edge binding option. When printing from Adobe Reader make sure to switch off page scaling selections like: "Fit to printable area". Select Page Scaling: "None".

Printing small pechas, six pechas on one A4 page

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  • Create a pecha PDF document with a page size that is a multiple of twelve. (Add empty pages to the document if necessary)
  • Use WindowsFormatPrinter to calculate the page reordering sequence for booklet creation: Enter the number of pages (which must be a multiple of twelve) of the original PDF document, select A4 portrait pecha (6 pecha pages on one portrait A4 page) and 'Calculate'. Copy the strange number-string that results. It will be used to re-order the PDF document so that pages are in right order for printing. (See image [1])
  • Use PDFill, option 'Split or reorder PDF pages'. Paste the page-number string generated above into 'reorder' and save a PDF that has reordered pages. (See image [2])
  • Then use the PDFill option 'Reformat multiple pages into one page'. Select portrait A4, set all six margin input fields to zero, select six rows and one column and switch off the two options borders and notes fields. (See image [3], but adapt the settings for A6 documents: portrait and rows and column count.)
  • The resulting PDF can be printed using the double-sided short-edge binding option. When printing from Adobe Reader make sure to switch off page scaling selections like: "Fit to printable area". Select Page Scaling: "None".
  • You can use this template to cut the pages: 1x6 cutting template

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