[texhax] 4 'minipages' to fit on one A4-size paper for a booklet. -- How to do that?

Pierre MacKay pierre.mackay at comcast.net
Tue Mar 30 19:23:16 CEST 2010

On 03/30/2010 09:36 AM, Ulrich Grün wrote:
> Also schrieben Sie am Dienstag, 30. März 2010 14:13:32:
>> Dear Ulrich,
>> using pdfpages usually means working with *two* documents. The first, I
>> call it songbook.tex, will be where you create your songbook in A6 format,
>>   as you already did. From this you create main.pdf the usual way.
>> Then you create a second document, perhaps called printversion.tex. It will
>> do the sorting using pdfpages.
>> Use this as a starting point -- I needed pdfpages for a different approach,
>> and duty calls so I don't have the time to look it up properly.
>> \documentclass{minimal}
>> \usepackage[a4paper]{geometry}
>> \usepackage{pdfpages}
>> \begin{document}
>> \includepdf[pages=1-,nup=2x2]{songbook}
>> 	% use the correct nup= option, 2x2 will not be what you want
>> \end{document}
> nup=2x2 seems allright (2x2 A6 pages on one A4 page).
> The problem that has not yet been solved is that I need to have page 2 (of the
> A6 page) on the reverse side of page 1 (and so on).
> The print-out should look like this:
> 1,3   4,2   9,11
> 5,7   8,6   13,15  etc
I can't think that is right, even for a simple two-folio fold, and far 
less for a multifolio gathering.

A two-folio fold with a 2--3 spread in the center would require

4,1   2,3  (to allow page 2 to appear as the verso of page 1, etc.)

Any more complex scheme of imposition will have one two-page sheet with 
consecutive numbers at the center of the gathering.  Even numbered 
versos have to be on the left hand side of every face of the A4 paper.

Pierre MacKay
> (In this way, I print the odd sides first, put the printed sheets back in the
> printer, and print the even sides afterward)
> While it now looks like this:
> 1,2   5,6   9,10
> 3,4   7,8   11,12  etc.
> pdfpages.pdf doesn't seem to help here...

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