[pdftex] update to pdfbook utility

Tigran Aivazian tigran at bibles.org.uk
Wed Jul 27 14:06:24 CEST 2005


I apologize for not responding --- I was extremely busy, sorry.

But the reason I didn't respond is because I considered my pdfbook utility 
obsoleted by a much more powerful pdfpages package.

So, please explain why use pdfbook when you can do EVERYTHING it does (and 
much more!) with pdfpages?

The reason I wrote pdfbook.c was when pdfpages did NOT support right to 
left binding required for Hebrew books (and Bible in particular). But then 
I emailed Andreas Matthias (the author of pdfpages) and he fixed this 
problem by adding a starred version of signature*= parameter which 
supports Hebrew binding.

Kind regards

On Tue, 26 Jul 2005, Jaap Eldering wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 26, 2005 at 11:49:49AM +0100, Robin Fairbairns wrote:
>> 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).
> [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.
> I already tried to contact Tigran on the email address that's in the
> code, but got no response.
> I'd be glad to send it to ctan or any other place where it gets
> catalogued or packaged, but I have no experience in these matters.
> I have sent it to CTAN: thanks for the suggestion.
> Jaap
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