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==Transforming PDF Pechas for Printing==
  
===Tools===
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[[Image:FormatPrintString.jpg|thumb|480px|'''[1]''' Tool to calculate the page reordering sequences]]
  
====Downloads from Digital Tibetan====
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===Printing three pecha pages on one A4 landscape page===
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[[Image:Pecha3A4.jpg|thumb|left|280px]]
  
[[Image:FormatPrintString.jpg|thumb|480px|Tool to calculate the page reordering sequences]]
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Linux: [[Media:FormatPrinter2.zip|LinuxFormatPrinter]] (requires package Mono. Mono is already pre-installed in Ubuntu)
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[[Image:Pdfill-step-1.jpg|thumb|480px|'''[2]''' Use PDFill to reorder the PDF pages.]]
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[[Image:Pdfill-step-2.jpg|thumb|480px|'''[3]''' Use PDFill to reorder the PDF pages.]]
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* 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.)
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* Use <code>WindowsFormatPrinter</code> 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])
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* Use <code>PDFill</code>, 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])
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* Then use the <code>PDFill</code> 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''.)
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* 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".
  
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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===Printing small pechas, six pechas on one A4 page===
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[[Image:Pecha6A4.jpg|thumb|left|280px]]
  
====Other Software====
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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.
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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)
 
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* Use <code>WindowsFormatPrinter</code> 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])
Windows: get [http://www.pdfill.com/pdf_tools_free.html PDFill (free)]
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* Use <code>PDFill</code>, 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])
 
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* Then use the <code>PDFill</code> 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.)
===Creating A5 booklets===
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* 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".
 
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* You can use this template to cut the pages: [[Media:Pecha_1x6_cutting_template.pdf‎|1x6 cutting template]]
# 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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# 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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# The next step depends on the operating system you are using:
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====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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  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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  --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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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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====Mac users====
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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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* Use the prodedure for A5 booklets with the following changes:
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* 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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* 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 11:38, 24 January 2010

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

Pecha3A4.jpg











[2] Use PDFill to reorder the PDF pages.
[3] Use PDFill to reorder the PDF pages.
  • 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

Pecha6A4.jpg













  • 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