[pdftex] update to pdfbook utility

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Tue Jul 26 12:49:49 CEST 2005

Jaap Eldering wrote:

> I recently was searching for a pdf utility to convert documents to a
> book format like psbook+psnup+pstops and found a previous post to this
> list: http://www.tug.org/pipermail/pdftex/2004-February/004760.html
> I rewrote parts of this small program, because it didn't completely
> fit my needs (although a good starting point).
> Changes to the original include:
> - using layout "nup=1x2" is optional.
> - included option to pass parameters directly to pdfpages command,
>   which generates the new document: makes it easier to e.g. also make
>   a booklet from A4 to A6 (2 copies) using:
>       pdfbook -o 'pages=-,doublepages=true,nup=2x2,column=true'
> - generate everything in a temporary directory to avoid filename
>   conflicts, race conditions, etc.
> - fixed bug when filenames contained more than one `.'.
> - the option to output pages in reverse order was lost in the process,
>   as I have no experience with that (I'm not Hebrew ;-).
> Might be useful for others...
> [snip]

i reckon it would be useful if you and Tigran Aivazian could agree on
submitting the package to ctan.  too many useful bits of tex-ery only
exist on random websites, or in mail list archives/google groups.

things submitted to ctan get catalogued, so that there's a good chance
that people wanting to use the package in the future are actually in a
position to find it moderately quickly.


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