I have 5 different pdf files/pages, of which two are in A3-format (landscape) and the remaining 4 are in A4-format (portrait).

Now I want to arrange them on one A1-page in the following order:

 _________ _________  
|         |         |  
|   A3    |   A3    |  
|    |    |    |    |  
| A4 | A4 | A4 | A4 |  

I already tried to use the pdfpages package. With the following code, I was able to arrange the A1-pages as well as the A4 pages. But the A4-pages are always on a seperate page.


\geometry{a1paper, landscape, margin=0mm}

    \includepdfmerge[nup=2x1]{zeichnung1.pdf, zeichnung2.pdf}
    \includepdfmerge[nup=4x1]{zeichnung3.pdf, zeichnung4.pdf, zeichnung5.pdf, zeichnung6.pdf}

Another point is, that I don't want any margins between the pages or on the side edges. I have to arrange technical drawings and therefore they have to fit perfectly.

Thanks in advance!


You can simply use tabular environment for adjusting figures like the following:


\geometry{a1paper, landscape, margin=0mm}

    \includegraphics{zeichnung1.pdf} & \includegraphics{zeichnung2.pdf} \\
    \includegraphics{zeichnung3.pdf}\includegraphics{zeichnung4.pdf} & 
    \includegraphics{zeichnung5.pdf}\includegraphics{zeichnung6.pdf} \\
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  • Thanks for your help! It works great, but unfortunately I get a very small gap between my left side edge and between the two rows. I tried to use the minimal class, but it didn't change anything. Do you have any ideas, how I can prevent that from happening? Thanks in advance! – Wulle Jan 14 '18 at 12:48
  • @Wulle: Don't use the minimal class! – user31729 Jan 14 '18 at 12:49
  • Even if/When I use the common article class, I get those margins. Only thing that worked, was to set the vertical/horizontal offsets by hand afterwards. But thats far from being satisfactory. – Wulle Jan 14 '18 at 13:28
  • @Wulle You're right, there is some internal margin in the cell. Use standalone class instead of minimal. In this case, there is no need to set the margin and it will be fit to the context. – javadr Jan 14 '18 at 15:17

I want to thank javadr for the answer, which was helpful. Only think that didn't work as expected was the margin between the pages.

But I think I found a solution. I use TikZ. I am not an expert with TikZ (but who could call himself an expert with such a massive package?)

The following Code worked fine for me:


    \tikzstyle{node}=[inner sep=0pt, anchor=north west]

\geometry{a1paper, landscape, margin=0mm}%, left=-7mm}% 

\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay, x=1mm, y=1mm]
    \coordinate (N) at (current page.north);
    \coordinate (NW) at (current page.north west);
    \coordinate (NE) at (current page.north east);
    \coordinate (E) at (current page.east);
    \coordinate (S) at (current page.south);
    \coordinate (SW) at (current page.south west);
    \coordinate (SE) at (current page.south east);
    \coordinate (W) at (current page.west);
    \coordinate (C) at (current page.center);
    \coordinate (WC) at ($(W)!0.5!(C)$);
    \coordinate (SWC) at ($(SW)!0.5!(S)$);
    \coordinate (EC) at ($(E)!0.5!(C)$);
    \coordinate (SEC) at ($(SE)!0.5!(S)$);

    \node[node] at (NW) {\includegraphics{zeichnung1.pdf}};
    \node[node] at (N)  {\includegraphics{zeichnung2.pdf}};
    \node[node] at (W)  {\includegraphics{zeichnung3.pdf}};
    \node[node] at (WC) {\includegraphics{zeichnung4.pdf}};
    \node[node] at (C)  {\includegraphics{zeichnung5.pdf}};
    \node[node] at (EC) {\includegraphics{zeichnung6.pdf}};

    \draw[line width=0.5mm] 
        (N) -- (S)
        (W) -- (E)
        (WC) -- (SWC)
        (EC) -- (SEC);

    \draw[line width=0.7mm] 
        ($(NW) + (5,-5)$) rectangle ($(C) + (-5,5)$) 
        ($(N) + (5,-5)$) rectangle ($(E) + (-5,5)$)
        ($(W) + (5,-5)$) rectangle ($(SWC) + (-5,5)$)
        ($(WC) + (5,-5)$) rectangle ($(S) + (-5,5)$)
        ($(C) + (5,-5)$) rectangle ($(SEC) + (-5,5)$)
        ($(EC) + (5,-5)$) rectangle ($(SE) + (-5,5)$); 

(In this code I added some frame-lines that I need too)

Wish you all the best! Frieder

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  • The tikz package is an excellent one, and it can handle many cases, but in the last answer, I wanted to answer it as simple as possible. Therefore I think it's better to choose your answer as the best one. – javadr Jan 14 '18 at 15:19

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