Working with PDF Documents

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Windows

Preparation: tools to download

A very good swiss army knife for working with PDF documents is the free PD-Fill tools collection which can be downloaded here:

It contains a printer driver that creates good quality PDF-documents and a tool to cut, merge, and n-up PDF pages.

If you are using Windows XP, make sure that you have installed Microsoft .Net Framework. It is already included in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Then download the FormatPrintString tool from this site:

This tool calculates the page order for creation of booklets and pecha-printing.

How-to: create print-ready booklets and pecha-print masters

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Linux

Preparation: tools to download

Install the following packages

Those applications are part of most Linux distributions and can be installed using the standard procedures to install software.

  • Mono (needed for LinuxFormatPrinter)

Then download LinuxFormatPrinter from this site:

How-to

Mac OS-X

Preparation: tools to download

PDFJam is also available for OS-X. The OS-X version supports a graphical interface for the PDFjam scripts, see:

Then install:

  • Mono (needed for LinuxFormatPrinter, which will work on Macs too)

And download LinuxFormatPrinter from this site:

Once you have installed PDFjam, Mono and LinuxFormatPrinter, you can follow the Linux instructions for Pecha-Printing and Booklet-creation:

How-to

Alternatively there is the following tool:

To create booklets from any document (not only pdf, but from also from OOo or Word directly), download:

This tool allows to Make a booklet using printer driver options.

See also