I am printing a booklet of "beginners in reading" text for my daughter to read with this workflow:
a) Typeset the pages as A4 as per the above link, this results in a PDF file with 55 A4 pages (
b) I call the following scripts/tools from the commandline to yield a PDF which, printed on my printer, has signatures of 2 A4 pages each.
$ pdf2ps Vorlage.pdf $ psbook -s8 Vorlage.ps Vorlage-s6.ps $ psnup -pa4 -2 Vorlage-s6.ps Vorlage-s6-pnup.ps $ ps2pdf Vorlage-s6-pnup.ps
-> I get a PDF file
Vorlage-s6-pnup.ps.pdf to be printed on my laser printer "doublesided, bind short side" (my rough translation from german) so I can collate two A4 pages, fold, repeat.
pdfjam and friends seem to be commandline frontends of tools available in LaTeX: Is there a way to directly tell LaTeX to yield the desired
ps2pdf Vorlage-s6-pnup.pdf signatur'ed, 2-up'ed, collated PDF?
Also, offsetting seems to be relevant for larger signatures, if someone could explain how to implement the things @Esteis has said in the above article I would be grateful (in the sense of 'If you overdo things, overdo them correctly' so at least I learn something new in typesetting ;).