# Converting a pdf into a form ready for binding

I have a pdf that is 118 pages long, and I want to end up with a bindable form, so that I have on one sheet pages:

1    4
2    3


What is the simplest way in LaTeX to accomplish this?

Would quire work, and if so - how do I go about using it--as I am a bit confused about how to do so. Thanks.

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You may try pdfpages to rearrange into a new pdf. See also superuser.com/questions/209591/… –  knut Mar 15 '12 at 20:32
After reading that posting, I am still confused as to how to use pdfpages. –  Michael Dykes Mar 15 '12 at 21:06
I did however find a post that referred to pdfpages with these commands: \documentclass{scrartcl} \usepackage{pdfpages} \begin{document} \includepdf[pages=-,booklet,turn=false,landscape]{mydoc.pdf} \end{document} and I tried that, but am uncertain if that is exactly the format I need. Help please. Thanks. –  Michael Dykes Mar 15 '12 at 21:07
With the set of commands I just listed, do I need to have my original document set to \twosided? Thanks. –  Michael Dykes Mar 15 '12 at 21:21
I think you will get a problem with the booklet option. Your document has 118 pages, so you need 47 sheets. It will be hard to fold them. - more in my answer. –  knut Mar 15 '12 at 21:48

If your front side of the sheet is:

1    4


and the back side is

2    3


Then this may be the solution:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{pdfpages}
\begin{document}
\includepdf[signature=1,pages=-,landscape]{mydoc.pdf}
\end{document}


With other values of signature you may build bigger portions of sheets.

With \includepdf[signature=32,pages=-,landscape]{mydoc.pdf} you collect 32 pages into one signature. One signature has 8 sheets - you can fold them quite easy. Now you must bind the 8 signatures to a book.

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so when i do this (as above) how do i get the document two-sided; A) Do i need to put \twosided for the document class? and B) I assume I need to run the pages through the printer twice??? Thanks. –  Michael Dykes Mar 15 '12 at 22:09
You have to run the pages through the printer twice or you use a printer with double side feature. The twoside-option is not obligatory, but I would recommend it. You could use \includepdf[signature=32,pages=1-4,landscape]{mydoc.pdf} to print one sheet. You can fold it it compare the difference with and without twoside. Which class do you use? book is already twoside. –  knut Mar 15 '12 at 22:26
Thanks, knut I think that answers my question. BTW could I adjust the number after signature, say to a slightly smaller multiple of 4? Thanks again. –  Michael Dykes Mar 15 '12 at 23:38
i.e. how can i reduce the number of blank pages??? Thanks so much. –  Michael Dykes Mar 15 '12 at 23:57
I am ending up with over 10 blank pages and am not sure how to get rid of them. –  Michael Dykes Mar 16 '12 at 13:51