[Scribus] Some tips for 2 pages imposition

Nicholas Vettese nvettese
Wed Jul 12 14:29:54 CEST 2006

So do you write the book first, then follow the steps below, or do you 
follow the steps below, and then write the book?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Guillaume Pratte" <guillaumep at fcms.ca>
To: <scribus at nashi.altmuehlnet.de>
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 8:26 AM
Subject: [Scribus] Some tips for 2 pages imposition

> Hello,
> I have been encouraged by Louis Desjardins to post this tip to the mailing
> list, so here I go.
> I am currently formatting a book that my grand-mother is publishing, and I 
> was
> told by the printer (i.e. the business were my grand-mother will print the
> book) to make the imposition myself.
> First I panicked for a short while when I saw that neither Scribus nor 
> LaTeX
> seemed to have this feature implemented. I saw the page about imposition 
> on
> the Scribus wiki [1] and it helped, but pstops [2] is still too much of an
> esoteric command to use for me, event if I am a programmer by profession 
> and
> I have been using Linux as my primary OS for at least 6 years.
> [1] http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/Imposition
> [2] http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/How_to_make_impositions_with_pstops
> So I searched the web, and finally got my way around. The book is 5?x8?,
> printed two pages on one 8?x11, cut in half (to make two 5?x8?) and one 
> pile
> put on top of the other ("folded") to make the book.
> Here is how I made the imposition :
> 1) Render the book as PostScript.
> 2) Reorder the pages :
> psbook book.ps temp.ps
> 3) Assemble them :
> psnup -pletter -W5.5in -H8.5in -2 temp.ps book_for_print.ps
> 4) Edit the %%BoundingBox of book_for_print.ps with a text editor. Change 
> it
> to :
> %%BoundingBox 0 0 612 792
> This seems like a bug with psnup where it keeps the source dimentions for 
> the
> BoundingBox instead of taking the output dimentions.
> The only thing I am not sure about is the duplex orientation. I made some
> tests with my personnal printer and I went wrong. I will have to check 
> with
> the printer (the business) to see if they can handle it or if I have to
> change things from my side.
> Guillaume Pratte
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