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I'm looking for a program similar to FinePrint for Linux; I'm running Ubuntu 10.04. FinePrint is basically a virtual printer device/driver that acts as a proxy for an actual printer, and allows you to preview exactly what the pages are going to look like, delete pages, and make adjustments like margin size and printing multiple pages per sheet.

My main use for the software is being able to preview exactly what's going out to the printer so that I don't waste paper printing something that doesn't look right.

I also like the ability to delete one or more pages if, for example, the last page ends up being blank or just a useless page footer.

Is there anything like this for Linux?

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Ubuntu already allows you to print to a PDF or PS file. Just choose "Print to File" from the printer list, and save the output. You can view the resulting file in evince ("Document Viewer"). It should look exactly as it would if printed to a real printer.

You can tweak the output with any tool you can use to tweak PDFs (or PS files) like PDFShuffler, jPDFTweak, PDFeditor, etc.

If you're looking for an all-in-one tool, I guess I don't know of any offhand.

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Thank you. That helps a lot. Any ideas on how to make the "Print to File" option save the file under /tmp/ with a timestamped filename (so that I don't get a "overwrite file?" confirmation) and automatically open it with my default PDF viewer? –  i-g Sep 22 '10 at 13:28
    
have a look at the "Out" and "Label" keys in /etc/cups/cups-pdf.conf to change the file name ans path. To automatically open the file I'd use an own folder instead of /tmp/ and watch it for new files using incron. –  Florian Diesch Sep 26 '10 at 15:30
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Try Boomaga. It is a direct alternative for FinePrint.

Boomaga is a virtual printer for viewing a document before printing it out using the physical printer and help you get your documents prepared a bit before printing.

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