Booklet creation 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 Documents for Printing

[1] Tool to calculate the page reordering sequences

Creating A5 booklets

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[2] Use PDFill to reorder the PDF pages.
[3] Use PDFill to merge multiple pages on one page (n-up).
  • Create a PDF document with a page size that is a multiple of four. (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 four) of the original PDF document, select 'A5 booklet' 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 one row and two columns and switch off the two options borders and notes fields. (See image [3])
  • 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".

Printing A6 booklets

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  • Create a PDF document with a page size that is a multiple of eight. (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 eight) of the original PDF document, select A6 booklet (4 A6 pages on one 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 two rows and two columns and switch off the two options borders and notes fields. (See image [3], but adapt the settings for A6 documents: portrait and two rows.)
  • 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".

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