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A4 portrait oriented booklet

Postby cgl72 » Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:00 am

hello everyone,
I have used very basic Latex up to now. I now want to print a booklet in an unusual size. It is an A4 booklet folded folded in half lengthwise, to be printed on A4 paper, double sided then cut.
I have read through the documentation for the "booklet" package and it seems to my newbie eyes that all the tools are made to make an A4 portrait document into an 2 or 4 page per sheet landscape print. I know that with Latex "everything is possible". So I thought someone out there could give me some pointer about where to look and what strategy to adopt.

Here is my current preamble:
  1. \documentclass[10pt]{article}
  2. \setlength{\paperheight}{298mm}
  3. \setlength{\paperwidth}{105mm}
  4. \usepackage[top=1cm, bottom=1cm, left=1cm, right=1cm]{geometry}
  5. \setlength{\textwidth}{9cm}
  6. \usepackage[print]{booklet}
  7. \source{\magstep0}{105mm}{298mm}
  8. \target{\magstep0}{210mm}{298mm}

I chose the strategy of creating a document that could be 1to1 with the booklet. But when the resulting booklet has an output size that is the same as defined on line 2 and 3.
Any comments or ideas on how to make an A4 booklet folded down the center lengthwise are welcome!


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Postby mas » Sun Oct 18, 2009 3:22 am

I did not completely understand your problem and I am guessing it here. What I see is that you are trying to prepare and print a document on half of a4 paper (double side). Is it correct?

I have prepared quite a few books like that. I typeset the document thus :

  1. \documentclass[a5paper,twoside,openany]{book}
  2. \usepackage[body={10cm,17cm}]{geometry}
  3. \usepackage[a5,center,off]{crop}
  5. \begin{document}
  6. blah ...
  7. \end{document}

After successful compilation, I use psbook from psutils suite to create proper signatures. The resulting ps file can then be input to psnup to print 2 a5 pages per a4 page thus :

  1. psnup -2 -Pa5

Hope I have given you the idea. Someone might suggest a better way :-)



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