[texhax] Printing address on envelope
pierre.mackay at comcast.net
Tue Dec 1 16:49:14 CET 2009
If you make the conversion to PDF, and have a good printer interface for
the PDF, it is pretty easy. (CUPS does it just fine.)
I assume you have sliding guides in the MANUAL slot for the printer.
Set up a second page for the address, and make a couple of runs to get
the addressing parts for the envelope down toward the middle of the
page. The final position will seem a bit counterintuitive on most
printers, but once you have done it it is a model for the future.
Waste an envelope or so (use really cheap thin ones) seeing whether you
have the following correct.
Portrait or Landscape
Paper size for the printer. If you get this right, the image on the
print menu will show it right.
Auto Rotate and Scale for the printer. (This is the real trick)
Now print it on a test envelope. On most desktop printers, the envelope
goes in printable side up with the flap to the right,
but you can find that out by inserting a blank sheet of paper, with a
mark on one side so that you really know which side was printed.
Adjust the position of the address text as needed. One or two
adjustments whould do.
Once it works, save the address sheet details as part of a letter.sty
(or whatever LaTeX calls it) file.
You can do really elegant things with the return address that way. I
use Goudy Hand-Tooled for one return address, because it is relevant to
the typesetting I do at that address. (But it is wise not to get too
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