[Scribus] ImageMagick imposition

Mikolaj Machowski mikmach
Mon Oct 16 13:56:25 CEST 2006


Below is bash script depending on ImageMagick 6.2.x which makes simple
imposition of PNG files exported from Scribus.

Version: IMpos 1.0 11.10.2006
Copyright: Mikolaj Machowski 2006 ( mikmach AT wp DOT pl )
Usage: impos -o format [options]

Where options are:
  -c	 - color of background (default: white)
  -d	 - directory for outut (default: imposout)
  -h	 - this help
  -m	 - multiply first image to fill empty sheets
  -o	 - format of transformation, arguments are
		2up	- 2-Up
		4ss	- 4-Up Saddle-Stitching
		4tumble	- 4-Up Work-and-Tumble
		4turn	- 4-Up Work-and-Turn
		8tumble	- 8-Up Work-and-Tumble
		8turn	- 8-Up Work-and-Turn

More info about imposition on: 

WARNING: it takes order of pages the same as ls is returning. But
Scribus is creating filenames in natural order like:

    filename-page1.png, filename-page2.png .. filename-page10.png

You obviously see where is danger: listing will be in "computer" order
- like: 1, 10, 11, 12, ..., 2, 21, etc. To avoid problems you should
fill numbers with 0 (01, 02, 03, etc.). IMO it would be good thing if
Scribus would do that by itself, it would help in all situations where
proper order of listing is important.

This is simple imposition targeted toward simply home jobs to fit in
A4/A3 printer, without crop/fold/register marks. If someone would be
interested in getting those features I will expand it. Note: bleed space
will be never supported due to nature of image export from Scribus :)



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