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  • Developer: Alessandro Portale / Product page
  • Price: Free (open source, GPL)
PosteRazor is a free utility that helps you create posters by printing suitably high resolution source files onto multiple sheets of paper. You then create the poster by taping the multiple sheets together. While the end result clearly won't rival what you get by sending such a task to a print shop, it will cost considerably less, making it ideal for things such as temporary posters for an office party or maybe for the kid's room at home.

PosteRazor uses a simple five-step process to create a poster: load an image, define the paper size and orientation, define the overlap area (the portion of the image that appears on multiple sheets, making alignment simpler), define the poster size (in number of pages, absolute size, or percentage of original), and save the poster. The end result is a PDF that you can then print using your printer.

I printed one of my daughter's favorite photos as a six-page poster and taped it together for her; she loved it, and it's now hanging on her wall (though given her ever-changing interests, I expect that will last a couple days at best!). Back in my prior cubicle-sitting career, a program like PosteRazor would have made for many interesting practical jokes and reduced the workload required for creating the decorations for various office events.

PosteRazor won't win any Apple Design Awards for its interface, as it's more functional than beautiful. It's also decidedly non-Mac-like, lacking a main menu bar and using button sizes and shapes that won't be found anywhere in the Human Interface Guidelines. Still, PosteRazor is easy to use, making the process of creating a poster as simple as setting a few preferences and then clicking a few buttons. If you'd like to know more about PosteRazor, Dan Frakes covered it in detail last week for the Mac Gems blog over on macworld.com.
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PosteRazor - Easily create multi-page posters
Authored by: PizzaCake on May 27, '08 07:00:44AM
Check out the freeware Tiler from MindCad. http://www.mindcad.com/tiler.html
It's a native Mac OS X Cocoa Leopard ready application for banner printing.

The blurb
"Print PDF Files on Multiple Pages.

Scale and print PDF files on multiple pages to create banners and posters. Automatically scale and center PDF image as you add or remove rows and columns. Visually preview results in the workspace before printing."

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PosteRazor - Easily create multi-page posters
Authored by: DanFrakes on May 28, '08 02:00:43AM

As I noted in the discussion of the Mac Gems review, Tiler can open only PDF files, so you need to convert your images first. In addition, from what I can tell, it doesn't give you nearly as much control over sizing or paper type and size, and it doesn't let you add any overlap, making it more difficult to combine the resulting pages.



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Dan Frakes / Senior Editor, Macworld / Senior Reviews Editor, Playlist



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PosteRazor - Easily create multi-page posters
Authored by: iv on Feb 23, '11 05:40:46AM

You might also try SplitPrint (available on the Mac App Store).

Iikka



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