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Hello, I use a program called FinePrint in Windows: http://www.pdffactory.com/products/fineprint/index.html This program basically lets me print pdfs that include both graphics and text as booklets. Is this possible in Linux? ...
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    Hello,

    I use a program called FinePrint in Windows:

    This program basically lets me print pdfs that include both graphics and text as booklets. Is this possible in Linux?

    (I'm using SuSE Pro 9.1)


    Thanks. :P

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    as far as i know acrobat has a linux download, do a google seard for acrobat downl for linux..

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    I think you misunderstood me. I can view pdfs fine. What FinePrint lets you do is print a PDF to a printer, but it rearranges/shrinks the pages so you can take the printout and fold it and staple it into a booklet. That way you can fit 4 pages onto one page (2 on the front and 2 on the back).

    I'm just wondering if there is way to do this in Linux.

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    Yes, there are many ways to create PDFs, but the eaisest (or one there of) must be to use OpenOffice.org, it's basically:
    1. open/write a document
    2. Save (optional, but recomended )
    3. Hit the Buttong near the save button that looks like a document with the text "pdf"

    et voilá, you got a nice PDF

    [pre-edit]uhm, sorry, I think I misunderstood the question, but I post my reply any way. afaik, OpenOffice can't edit PDFs[/pre-edit]
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    I think you this can be done using lpr -2up filename:

    http://nic.phys.ethz.ch/readme/11

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    Jeremy,

    I tried that lpr stuff, but it didn't work because in order to install the LPRng package I need to uninstall the cups printing system. I can't do that because I use it for printing. Although, the basic lpr command works in the console, it doesn't include any of the 2up or book options.

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    How about this:

    http://www.linuxprinting.org/piperma...q4/000957.html

    From this is appears that in order to get it working, you have to install the ps-utils package.

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    Haha, just tried that a few minutes before you posted. Anyway, it kind of works but the text is mismatched.

    I think if I double check the margins I was setting, I could get it to work. But, first, I think I'm going to change linux distros, because SuSE not being able to access my samba network and repeatedly messing up my FAT32 partition when I write to it is starting to get on my nerves.

    Thanks for your help.

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    May be ....

    I use lpr-wrapper for double sided and n-up printing. It is fully transparant with lpr.

    http://quasar.mathstat.uottawa.ca/~s...r/lpr-wrapper/

    Lots of luck!!!

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    The real difference here (between FinePrint and Unix alternatives) really is the GUI interactive part. The way one uses FinePrint is "check before you print", often noticing things s.a. unnecessary (almost blank) pages, cropped text (need of landscape mode) etc. _before_ spending any paper.

    With the Unix tools, you can fit pages, but you print first, then be pleased with what you got. Or reprint.

    If someone would merge Unix preview (s.a. in CUPS) with the multipage feature, and make it interactive (with ability to remove unnecessary pages), that would be it.

    Until that happens, FinePrint leads this track 3:1.

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