I'm interested in a virtual printer that would allow me to:
- preview the stuff that I'm about to print, and remove some pages
- allow printing multiple pages per sheet, removing white margins of pages when doing so.
- do manual duplex
(The reason is: I print lots of PDFs with math papers, with huge margins. If I remove the margins, prit two to a page, and double-sided, they become very pleasant to read, use far less paper, and are less heavy because of that. However, if the margins are not removed, the font becomes tiny, and painful to read).
My question is: do you know any analogues that would either be available on Linux, be free (or at least cheaper), or both? Also, has anybody had any success running either of the above programs under Wine?
There are two and a half options I know of.
There is iPrint which is free, Windows-only, proprietary, and quite close to useless - it doesn't crop (although it does most of the other things on the list).
There are also psutils for Linux, and in particular something called psnup. They are quite inconvenient to use. More problematically, they don't seem to understand a lot of kinds of postscript and the printers don't always understand the postscript they generate. So, printing with them is like walking a minefield. Because of this, I stopped using them. However, a GUI for them or some advice on how to make them more reliable is welcome.
Barton Chittenden, below, also suggested impose+, which automatically crops and does 2-up better than ps2up. Thanks! Unfortunately, it doesn't remove all the margins. Also, it still uses psutils, and so I'm not sure how reliable it is.
For now, I'm using the unregistered version of priPrinter. The banner is small enough that I can use it for anything I print for myself (at least in old versions, I'm not sure about the newest one). However, it is annoying, and there's nothing I can do on Linux.
UPDATE: In the latest version, the "unregistered" watermark is huge and ugly. The last version with small watermark is 2.5.1, one place I found it is here.