[texhax] TeX based presentations -- setting up "print dialog presets"

Suresh Govindachar sgovindachar at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 1 03:19:12 CEST 2014

Oops!  I might have totally missed the point Pierre was making!

Peirre:  If you meant that a pdf file's "Print Page Range" field can be 
populated using pdftk, please elaborate.  I have pdftk, but do not know 
how to populate that field (image attached).

On 3/31/2014 5:42 PM, Suresh Govindachar wrote:
> On 3/31/2014 11:12 AM, Pierre MacKay wrote:
>> On 03/30/2014 07:54 AM, Suresh Govindachar wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> When a presentation is created from TeX, only some of the pages of the
>>> resulting pdf correspond to complete slides that would need to be
>>> printed in a handout.
>>> Within the TeX file, one would know the page numbers that would need
>>> to be in the handout (which could be some collection like
>>> 1,3,6,9,12,16-18,20-22,26,30,32,33).
>> Why try to pack this into the TeX source?
> The way I create presentations based on TeX source, the information
> about which pages of the resulting pdf need to be printed in readily
> available -- it is no extra work to get a string such as
> "1,3,6,9,12,16-18,20-22,26,30,32,33"
> The rest of the original post was:
>      >> The pdf document properties has a section titled "Print
>      >> Dialog Presets" that accepts such collections for the
>      >> "Print Page Range" entry.
>      >>
>      >> Question:  knowing the collection of pages that need to be
>      >> printed, how to populate the "Print Page Range" entry from
>      >> within the TeX file?
>  > Why not set up a script from the splendidly functional pdftk
>  > (PDF toolkit)?
> 1) The source has the information of which pages of the pdf are complete
> slides (rather than partial transitional slides) -- this information
> would need to be provided to the user of pdftk somehow.
> 2) Since recipients of the pdf of the presentation can't be expected to
> have pdftk, I would need to provide them a pdf of the handout too.
> --Suresh
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