[scribus] how to export two A4 pages for printing A5 folder?

Frank Busse frank at busse.oche.de
Wed Jun 16 09:51:53 CEST 2010

@a.l.e: Sun, 13 Jun 2010 12:01:10 +0200

> you have to use an imposition software for it:
> http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/Category:HOWTO#Imposition

after some testing of the "Multiplatform" suggestions:

- Multivalent req'es outdated Java 1.4 to be installed. Trying to run with a current JRE is running into "java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: tool.pdf.Impose" error.

- PoDoFo (on-line) appears to be unaccessible

- PDFSaM is a well-done collection of PDF-tools, but lacks imposition features (in particular like n-up printing)

- jPDF Tweak is a bit tricky to use, but appears to be most functional (and, by now, stable). Did not find a settings export or batch function though.

Creating an imposition for an A5 folder (including 2-up printing and bleeds) with Scribus and jPDF Tweak req'es...
(1) in Scribus
  - setting Units to "Pt" (because jPDF Tweak will need the correct numbers)
  - selecting "double page" document layout
  - setting "blend" for outer, top and bottom (NOT left) margin
  - export to PDF
(2) in jPDF Tweak
  - in "Page Size" set "Scale Pages", "Portrait" and Width/Hight manually
  - in "Shuffle/N-up" set "Shuffle", "A4 Portrait" and "Booklet Portrait"
  - RUN ;-)

Maybe this helps one or the other - or for creating a Scribus script.

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