[scribus] Double sided layout A4

Victor Papp victor at vpapp.com
Thu Oct 1 19:12:11 CEST 2009

No acrobat needed here, there is a simpler solution.
While it considered as a professional tool, we have almost everything that it allows for free with GPL.

a.l.e. is right: ALWAYS use the format of final page: if you are making an A5  booklet, don't setup A4 document size in scribus.
Setup it as A5.
Then generate PS. (say a5.ps)
and in seconds, using pstops, psbook, and ps2pdf from command line you can impose pages for booklet.
Example for your case:

make booklet with 2 commands:

psbook a5.ps | psnup -l -Pa5 -pa4 -2 > book.ps
ps2pdf -sPAPERSIZE#a4 book.ps book.pdf

1st line reorders pages, adding empty ones and puts two a5 pages on one a4
2nd converts to pdf

Easy enough?
2 commands and you are done. And you work with single pages in scribus/anything.

P.S. I am also using pdftk to add marks and custom color bars for offset printing - and all from command line or scripts.


----- Original Message -----
From: a.l.e [mailto:ale.comp_06 at xox.ch]
To: scribus at lists.scribus.net
Sent: Thu, 1 Oct 2009 18:49:26 +0200
Subject: Re: [scribus] Double sided layout A4

hi william,

> I have used page setup to be A4, double-sided, landscape with
> intention of folding the printed  pages into a brochure style. Thus I
> require that right-hand side of first A4 page is page 1 and left hand
> side is page 4. If I use auto-numbering, Scribus marks both sides as
> page 1.
> How do I set this up properly (to use A5 would make printing a
> nightmare for more than one page).

well, i think the best solution is to set it up in a5 and then use an imposition (or acrobat) to create a booklet which will be a4...

was i convincing enough?


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