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Print documents in booklet form System
I print quite a few documents, and even when I do them double sided, I've found myself wanting a more compact form. I found the solution in a short PDF Services script. It shows up in the PDF menu of the Print dialog, and allows me to quickly and easily print any document as a 5.5x8.5 inch booklet. The reformatted document opens in Preview, and can be printed double-sided from there.

Prep:
  • Install xpdf and LaTeX if you do not already have them (possible sources are listed in the script below).
  • Create a PDF Services folder in your Library folder if you don't already have one.
The good stuff:
  1. Save this script as a text file named Booklet in your Library/PDF Services folder. The name you use will be the name that appears in the Print dialog's PDF menu.
  2. Modify the script as indicated for the location of your xpdf and pdflatex.
  3. Make the script executable by typing the following in Terminal: chmod a+x "Library/PDF Services/Booklet"
That's it; you should now be able to print booklets.
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Print documents in booklet form
Authored by: JoolsG4 on Mar 01, '06 07:53:27AM

How does this compare with CocoaBooklet?

http://www.iconus.ch/fabien/cocoabooklet/

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Print documents in booklet form
Authored by: Schwie on Mar 01, '06 08:28:06AM

And how are either of these better than just doing:

File->Print->Layout

and then choosing "2" pages per sheet?



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Print documents in booklet form
Authored by: kokaviel on Mar 01, '06 08:33:11AM

2-up printing doesn't allow you to saddle-stich them final output and view it as a true booklet.



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Print documents in booklet form
Authored by: Essington on Mar 01, '06 08:35:48AM

If you had a 4 page document, they would be ordered 1,2 and 3,4 which is not correct if you want a booklet. You need to reorder the pages to 4,1 and 2,3 which is what these programs do.



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Print documents in booklet form
Authored by: Essington on Mar 01, '06 08:33:05AM
Besides the previously mentioned CocoaBooklet, there is also an automator action available:

Create Booklet - PDF Service

Both of these solutions are self contained, and don't require installing xpdf or LaTeX. I think CocoaBooklet is probably the more flexible of the two solutions however.

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Print documents in booklet form
Authored by: Schwie on Mar 02, '06 07:44:01AM

Makes sense if you want to have a stapled booklet in the end...



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Print documents in booklet form
Authored by: Virgoss on Apr 09, '08 08:53:04AM
You might also try this online tool for booklet printing

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