Take the 2-minute tour ×
TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Friends, consider the following example (mytext.tex):

\documentclass[a5paper,oneside,12pt]{book}

\begin{document}

{\Huge A}

\newpage

{\Huge B}

\newpage

{\Huge C}

\newpage

{\Huge D}

\newpage

{\Huge E}

\newpage

{\Huge F}

\newpage

{\Huge G}

\newpage

{\Huge H}

\end{document}

I'd like to generate and print a booklet using the pdfpages package as suggested in Booklets in memoir class, so my other code looks like this:

\documentclass{scrartcl}
\usepackage{pdfpages}
\begin{document}
\includepdf[pages=-,booklet,landscape]{mytext.pdf}
\end{document}

It works perfectly, and my booklet is done, with 2 pages from the original document in each page of the new document. This is the result:

   Page 1      |     Page 2       |    Page 3      |     Page 4
  H       A    |    B       G     |   F       C    |    D       E
Page 8  Page 1 |  Page 2  Page 7  | Page 6  Page 3 |  Page 4  Page 5

This is the booklet format. So far, so good.

It happens that I should print it by myself, and this format is not good for my needs. So I'd like if the pdfpages could insert pages in the following format:

   Page 1      |     Page 2       |    Page 3      |     Page 4
  D       A    |    B       C     |   G       D    |    E       F
Page 4  Page 1 |  Page 2  Page 3  | Page 8  Page 5 |  Page 6  Page 7

That way, I could print my document in both sides and cut the pages easily:

Pages

EDIT: Other view (pages 2 and 4 are flipped just to explain their position):

Page

In other words:

Pages

where n is a page number such that n mod 4 = 1.

Could also be [n+2, n], [n+1, n+3] instead of [n+3, n], [n+1, n+2].

As one mentioned, I could manually specify the page order, but it's not feasible for a document with +100 pages.

Any ideas?

share|improve this question
    
Personally I would just write a quick shell or Perl script printing the requiered page list. But you can also write a TeX loop to do this. Note that you actually can read out the number of pages in an external PDF using a pdfTeX command, which can then be used as upper limit of the loop. I can't however recall it just now. See the pdftex manual. –  Martin Scharrer Jun 28 '11 at 21:13
    
@Martin: Thanks for the idea, I wrote a Python script and it worked perfectly! Anyway, while trying other options, I found an easier solution with no external tools, may I post that as an answer? –  Paulo Cereda Jun 28 '11 at 22:01
    
it's always fine to post an answer yourself. There's some delay before you can accept it though. –  Alan Munn Jun 28 '11 at 22:22
    
@Alan Thanks! I'll post it. I didn't expect to find an answer by myself. =) –  Paulo Cereda Jun 28 '11 at 22:24
add comment

1 Answer 1

up vote 8 down vote accepted

I was unaware of the following option in the pdfpages package:

signature Creates booklets by rearranging pages into signatures and setting nup=1x2 or nup=2x1, respectively. This option takes one argument specifying the size of the signature, which should be a multiple of 4.

Right after this paragraph, I could discover that the booklet option uses signature under the hood:

booklet This option is just a shortcut of the signature option, if you choose a signature value so large that all pages fit into one signature. Either true or false (or no value, which is equivalent to true). (Default: booklet=false)

So, the solution:

\documentclass{scrartcl}
\usepackage{pdfpages}
\begin{document}
\includepdf[pages=-,signature=4,landscape]{mytext.pdf}
\end{document}

The output was like I expected. =)

share|improve this answer
1  
And I was just starting to code a nice loop for you :-( ;-) –  Martin Scharrer Jun 28 '11 at 23:18
    
@Martin: Sorry for spoiling the fun. =) I didn't notice that option before. Anyway, I'd love to learn how to code a nice loop for that. =) –  Paulo Cereda Jun 29 '11 at 0:51
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.