[Scribus] Problem knowing how to print a 3 fold leaflet

Xavier Colmant xavier.colmant
Sat Feb 23 18:56:37 CET 2008

I use Scribus to create a small magazine of 16 to 20 pages.  Many
writers are involved.

I create the magazine with A4 pages. It's printed by a professional
printer on A3 paper. I work on A4 because I often have to move pages
around while I get the articles: I often get the last articles at the
last minute, although the magazine is a trimestrial :-) I'm used to
it, a long time ago I was journalist at a mensual magazine, and it was
already like that...

To go back to Scribus, the professional printer I use was imposing the
magazine on A3 pages. But I was nice : When I generated the final PDF
file, I 'printed' the page in the right order :
16, 1, 2,15,14,3,4,13,12,5,6,11,10,7,8,9 (for the 16 pages version).
All the printer had to do is to impose to A3 without having to think
about the order of the pages. I use the past here, because now I give
the printer the stuff in A3 format. As I use Windoze, the only tool I
found which is working is Multivalent

Below is the ugly little batch file I created to generate the A3 pages
with the pages in the right order. The batch file expects as argument
the name of the A4 generated PDF file. It is designed to work for a 16
A4 pages PDF.

set multivalent="C:\Documents and Settings\Xavier Colmant\Multivalent.jar"
java -Xmx128m -cp %multivalent% tool.pdf.Impose -dim 2x1 -page
16,1,2,15,14,3,4,13,12,5,6,11,10,7,8,9 -paper "420x297 mm" -verbose

Note that the batch file has only 2 lines. You'll wrongly get the
second line starting with:
java...  split in 2 lines in this email...

It should be easy to adapt it to your flyer.

I hope it can help...


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