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Real name: Christian Lercher

Started programming when I was 7 years old (Basic on C64, then Assembler, later C/C++, and now mostly Java).

First Windows experience: ca 1993 (Win 3.11)

First Unix experience: 1998 (Solaris, then SuSE Linux, now mostly Debian/Ubuntu and MacOS).

I'm just as much interested in technical things, as in social topics, and economics. It really depends.


Apr
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comment Manual Duplex printing for Mac (and/or Linux)
@Arjan: Yeah, the solution could still use a little bit of tweaking here and there :-) The odd total number of pages is not a problem on my inkjet printer (I think, it will be a problem on my laser printer). With my inkjet printer however, I have the problem, that I'd need to print the second side in reversed order (as you noted above)...
Apr
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Apr
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comment Manual Duplex printing for Mac (and/or Linux)
@Arjan: There were only about 5 minutes left, so I had to accept it ;-) But I think that's fair, because I pretty much figured it out with your help: In Automator, add an action "Extract Odd & Even Pages" (with "All pages in separate files"), then add an Action "Run Shell Script" (with Pass input: "as arguments"). This passes the resulting two filenames as arguments. Print them with lpr $1 and lpr $2. The only thing that's left now, is to display a dialog! Because there's no terminal window popping up, I can't simply use the "read" command... What's the simplest way to show a GUI dialog?
Apr
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Apr
1
comment Manual Duplex printing for Mac (and/or Linux)
@Arjan: Again a very good idea: Automator combined with a bash script. I think, we're getting closer! How do I pass the output (PDF) to the script? I need it either as a file (or two files), or from stdin.
Apr
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Apr
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comment Manual Duplex printing for Mac (and/or Linux)
@Arjan: Good idea! I don't have much experience with Automator - I hope there's a way to access both PDF files that are created by "Extract Odd & Even Pages". I haven't found it yet, either.
Mar
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Mar
25
comment Manual Duplex printing for Mac (and/or Linux)
Absolutely, thanks. I'm thinking about writing a small bash script that uses pdftk to select odd/even pages from the generated PDF. Then it would print the odd pages, pause for input, and finally print the rest (disadvantage: Probably can't choose print quality etc.) I'd still prefer something more elegant - I would expect that from my Mac ;-)
Mar
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Mar
25
comment Manual Duplex printing for Mac (and/or Linux)
The situation is this: I can do "print odd pages", then "print even pages" directly from any application. But I have to close the dialog in-between, then re-open it, re-enter the page range manually, etc. Okay, the page range problem would be mitigated, if I first printed it to PDF. BTW, my problem would already be pretty much solved, if the dialog stayed open :-)
Mar
25
comment Manual Duplex printing for Mac (and/or Linux)
When using two print jobs to print to separate PDFs I still have to go through the dialog twice (re-applying all my settings manually.)
Mar
25
comment Manual Duplex printing for Mac (and/or Linux)
Okay, what's the OS's standard printing facility to handle the actual duplexing? AFAIK, the printing dialog is always the same (or isn't it? It seems, that it never has a manual duplex option?)
Mar
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revised Manual Duplex printing for Mac (and/or Linux)
edited tags; edited title
Mar
23
answered How print multiple independent pages in one print job?
Mar
23
comment Manual Duplex printing for Mac (and/or Linux)
@Broam: Thanks, the cups tag is a very good idea.
Mar
23
asked Manual Duplex printing for Mac (and/or Linux)
Mar
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answered Open Source PDF editor to make files non-printable
Mar
22
answered Mapping Windows key to activate Application menu on Ubuntu
Mar
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