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==Transforming PDF Documents for Printing==
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==Windows==
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===Preparation: tools to download===
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A very good swiss army knife for working with PDF documents is the free PD-Fill tools collection which can be downloaded here:
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* [http://www.pdfill.com/pdf_tools_free.html http://www.pdfill.com/pdf_tools_free.html]
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It contains a printer driver that creates good quality PDF-documents and a tool to cut, merge, and n-up PDF pages.
  
===Tools===
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If you are using Windows XP, make sure that you have installed [http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=333325FD-AE52-4E35-B531-508D977D32A6&displaylang=en Microsoft .Net Framework]. It is already included in ''Windows Vista'' and ''Windows 7''.
  
====Downloads from Digital Tibetan====
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Then download the FormatPrintString tool from this site:
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* [[Media:FormatStringPrint.zip|WindowsFormatPrinter]]
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This tool calculates the page order for creation of booklets and pecha-printing.
  
[[Image:FormatPrintString.jpg|thumb|480px|Tool to calculate the page reordering sequences]]
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How-tos:
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* [[Booklet creating with Windows]]
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* [[Pecha printing with Windows]]
  
Linux: [[Media:FormatPrinter2.zip|LinuxFormatPrinter]] (requires package Mono. Mono is already pre-installed in Ubuntu)
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==Linux==
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===Preparation: tools to download===
  
Windows: [[Media:FormatStringPrint.zip|WindowsFormatPrinter]] (requires Microsoft .NET Framework 2 or Mono for Windows: this is already installed in Vista and Windows 7)
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Install the following packages
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* <code>gscan2pdf</code>, [http://gscan2pdf.sourceforge.net/ http://gscan2pdf.sourceforge.net/]
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* <code>pdfjam</code>, [http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/statistics/staff/academic/firth/software/pdfjam http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/statistics/staff/academic/firth/software/pdfjam].  
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Those applications are part of most Linux distributions and can be installed using the standard procedures to install software.
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* Mono (needed for LinuxFormatPrinter)
  
====Other Software====
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Then download LinuxFormatPrinter from this site:
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* [[Media:FormatPrinter2.zip|LinuxFormatPrinter]] (requires package Mono. Mono is already pre-installed in Ubuntu)
  
Linux: get the packages [http://gscan2pdf.sourceforge.net/ <code>gscan2pdf</code>] and [http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/statistics/staff/academic/firth/software/pdfjam <code>pdfjam</code>]. Those applications are part of most Linux distributions and can be installed using the standard procedures to install software.
 
  
Windows: get [http://www.pdfill.com/pdf_tools_free.html PDFill (free)]
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* [[Booklet creating with Linux]]
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* [[Pecha printing with Linux]]
  
===Creating A5 booklets===
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==Mac OS-X==
  
# Create a PDF document with a page size that is a ''multiple of four''. (Add empty pages if necessary: in Linux use <pdfjoin>, in Windows use PDFill to join empty pages)
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To create booklets from any document (not only pdf, but from OOo or Word directly), download:
# Use either the Windows (download WindowsFormatPrinter above) or the Linux version (download LinuxFormatPrinter) to calculate the page reordering sequence for booklet creation: Enter the number of pages (multiple of four) of the original PDF document, select 'A5 booklet' and 'Calculate'.
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* [http://www.iconus.ch/fabien/products/cbeng/cbeng.html CocoaBooklets].  
# The next step depends on the operating system you are using:
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This tool allows to ''Make a booklet'' using printer driver options.  
====Windows====
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Use [http://www.pdfill.com/pdf_tools_free.html PDFill (free)], option 'Split or reorder PDF pages'. Paste the page-number string generated above into 'reorder' and save a PDF that has reordered pages. Then use the option 'Reformat multiple pages into one page'. Select landscape A4, set a six margin input fields to zero, select 1 row two columns and switch of the two options (borders, notes fields). The resulting PDF can be printed using the double-sided short-edge binding option.
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====Linux====
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Install the <code>pdfjam</code> package. It contains a command-line tool <code>pdfnup</code>. Use a terminal to execute a command similar to (all in one line):
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  pdfnup original.pdf --pages 41,1,2,41,41,3,4,41,40,5,6,39,38,7,8,37,36,9,10,35,34,
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PDFJam is also available for OS-X. The OS-X version supports a graphical interface for the PDFjam scripts, see:
  11,12,33,32,13,14,31,30,15,16,29,28,17,18,27,26,19,20,25,24,21,22,23 --nup 2x1
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* [http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/statistics/staff/academic/firth/software/pdfjam/ PDFJAM]
  --orient landscape --outfile booklet.pdf
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(Of course replace the pages string with the page numbers you generated above with the FormatPrinter tool)
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Then install:
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* Mono (needed for <code>LinuxFormatPrinter</code>, which will work on Macs too)
  
This creates a <code>booklet.pdf</code> from <code>original.pdf</code>. <code>booklet.pdf</code> can be printed directly. Use short-edge binding double-sided printing.
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And download <code>LinuxFormatPrinter</code> from this site:
====Mac users====
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* [[Media:FormatPrinter2.zip|LinuxFormatPrinter]] (requires Mono.)
To create booklets from any document (not only pdf, but from OOo or Word directly) you can download [http://www.iconus.ch/fabien/products/cbeng/cbeng.html CocoaBooklets]. This tool gives you an option to 'Make a booklet'. Look in the PDF option at the bottom of the print dialog. This is similar to what some printer drivers in Windows and Linux have. So far we didn't find a solution for a more flexible page manipulation :-(
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===Printing A6 booklets===
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Once you have installed PDFjam, Mono and LinuxFormatPrinter, you can follow the Linux instructions for Pecha-Printing and Booklet-creation:
* Use the prodedure for A5 booklets with the following changes:
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* [[Booklet creating with Linux]]
* The number of pages of the original document must be a ''multiple of eight''. Again use the FormatPrint tool above to calculate the page sequence of A6 booklets (4 A6 pages on an A4 page.
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* [[Pecha printing with Linux]]
* In Linux when using <code>pdfnup</code> replace <code>--nup 2x1</code> by <code>--nup 2x2</code> and <code>--orient landscape</code> by <code>--orient portrait</code>
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* In Windows select 'Portrait' and 2 rows and 2 columns when using PDFill's 'Reformat multiple pages into one page'.
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===Printing Pechas===
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====Converting pecha image files into PDFs====
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* If you have only scanned images of your pechas (e.g. TIFFs or JPGs), you first need to create a PDF document.
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* In Linux use the package [http://gscan2pdf.sourceforge.net/ <code>gscan2pdf</code>] to create a single PDF document from multiple pecha image files.
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* In Windows you can use PDFill, however PDFill is not always working if you want to create PDFs with hundreds of pages. The recommended tool is the Linux gscan2pdf.
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====Printing the Pecha PDFs====
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* You should now have a PDF document that contains a single pecha side per page. The document must have a page count that is a ''multiple of six''. (Append empty pecha pages if necessary).
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* Now follow the procedure described for A5 booklets with the following changes
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* Calculate the page reorder string using the pecha option
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* In Linux when using <code>pdfnup</code> replace <code>--nup 2x1</code> by <code>--nup 1x3</code>
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* In Windows select 3 rows and 1 columns when using PDFill's 'Reformat multiple pages into one page'.
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====Printing small and very small Pecha PDFs====
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* use the 2x6 (12 pecha pages on an A4) or 1x6 (6 pecha pages on an A4) option when calculating the page-reorder string. The document needs to have a page count that is a multiple of 12 (1x6 option) or 24 (2x6) option.
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* In Linux when using <code>pdfnup</code> replace <code>--nup 2x1</code> by <code>--nup 1x6</code> and <code>--orient landscape</code> by <code>--orient portrait</code> for 6 pecha pages per A4, or <code>--nup 2x6</code> for 12 pecha pages per A4.
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* In Windows select 'Portrait' and 6 rows and 1 or 2 columns when using PDFill's 'Reformat multiple pages into one page'.
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Revision as of 10:10, 24 January 2010

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-tos:

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:


Mac OS-X

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

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

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: