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I would like to print a PDF so that on the front of the first page are the first two pages, on the back the 3rd and 4th and so on.

-----------------          -----------------
|       |       |          |       |       |
|       |       |          |       |       |
|   1   |   2   |          |   3   |   4   |    . . .
|       |       |          |       |       |
|_______|_______|          |_______|_______|

 page 1 - front             page 1 - back

Because my printer using Linux fails to support manual duplex printing I'd thought, maybe I could edit the pdf in a according way.

But how?

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I don't think that this is possible, do you only have the pdf? – Michael K Feb 15 '11 at 15:31
This is possible on Linux using pstops from the psutils package and/or pdftk. Which operating system are you running? – rems Feb 15 '11 at 15:31
+1 ASCII art always deserves an upvote! – Ivo Flipse Feb 15 '11 at 15:32
@Ivo Flipse: har, i thought the exactly the same :) so, your comment gets a +1 as well. – akira Feb 15 '11 at 17:54
@Ivo Flipse, @rems: You can upvote more ASCII art here:… and… ... @mokasin: these links may give you an idea how to solve the task you asked for. – Kurt Pfeifle Mar 1 '11 at 22:05
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In addition to what's been mentioned, PDFjam includes a command line tool, pdfnup which does this. (It makes use of the pdfpages package for PDFLaTeX underneath, which you can also use.)

If you prefer a GUI, jPDFtweak is another option.

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Perfect. Just what I was looking for. – mokasin Feb 17 '11 at 10:56

Use pdfnup:

$ pdfnup file.pdf

This will create a new pdf file exactly like you asked for.

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There are freeware & open source command line tools available to convert pdfs to reader's spreads, booklet spreads etc.

I lost the app I was using, so no help there, but a from a quick search I see a program called pdfshuffler ( ) which might be what you need. Has a gui, so not likely to be automagical, but it is a front-end for another tool...

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If you have the print to file facility. print to the file with two pages per page setting and with odd pages. repeat the process with even pages. Now print the odd ones, reverse the printed papers and print the even pages file.

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@mokasin: You didn't say which PDF reader you're using. If you use the Linux version of Acrobat/Adobe Reader: there is an option to print "2-up" right in the print dialog. You can also choose to only print the odd or even pages, so combining this will help you to achieve your desired output.

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This software I tested on Solaris 11.2 operating system can create that scheme which is called 2-up, usually used for hand-out at classrooms or meetings. It is possible to produce other schemes; for example, hand-out with 3 or 4 or more pages on one sheet or both sides of a sheet. It can be run from a terminal as it is a JAR file or just run the GUI for ease of access. Besides Solaris other Linux distributions are also compatible, running the software, as "executable," with super-user privileges. Be aware not using "Open the Archive." It is also working on any Windows and Mac where there is already a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed, as is the case most of the time. Software is Dysprosium Imposition and is free to download and to use.

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