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I have a pdf file containing small pages, size 6cm by 8cm. I'd like to print them on A4 paper, in 3x3 grids.

If I combine the n-up parameter of my printer settings with 100% scale, I get miniatures, as the 6.5x9 are shrunk by the n-up factor.

If I combine the n-up parameter with fit-to-page, I get oversized print as they are first fitted to a whole A4 page then shrunk by the n-up factor. That's a 125% print.

I imagine I could use an application to do some sort of 3x3 grid repagination before printing but I don't know how.

Could you help? Linux-way preferred, Windows if need be.

  • My friend's comp prof used to say "always use your LaTex!" I suspect you should find an answer using some type of editor, maybe in TeX (there's even a whole SE site about it, with Q's like this, tried searching over there?) or some other PDF editor, word processor, etc – Xen2050 Feb 7 '17 at 14:41
  • Convert to ps, then use pstops with custom scale and offset. Might need a bit of experimenting until the pages look like you want them to. – dirkt Feb 7 '17 at 15:23
  • Are you familiar with Indesign? It could be made in InDesign pretty easily. – Yisroel Tech Feb 7 '17 at 18:09
  • @Xen2050: I was talking (but didn't mention it) about an all gfx PDF file, so LaTeX is not easily involved. But, eventually, the solution I found is likend to it: pdfjam! So thanks. – tofcute Feb 8 '17 at 15:09
  • @dirkt: Thanks to the pointer to pstops and the other psutils. I toyed with them and found a near solution. Unfortunately, I encounter some problem in the mandatory pdf2ps conversion that adds some extra margin around the pages! – tofcute Feb 8 '17 at 15:10
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The solution I found is the pdfjam package, a pdf equivalent to psutils. All I need to do is this simple command:

$ pdfjam --nup 3x3 --noautoscale true --suffix 3by3 source-file.pdf

with

  • nup 3x3 in order to create the 3 by 3 grid
  • --noautoscale true to avoid fit-to-page scaling
  • --suffix 3by3 so that the output file is named source-file-3by3.pdf

As a note, I alternatively could use psnup this way:

$ pdf2ps source-file.pdf - | psnup -9 -s1 -p a4 | ps2pdf - destination-file.pdf
  • -9 indicating to psnup I want to place 9 pages per page
  • -s1 forcing a 100% scale, keeping the original pages their original size
  • -p a4 for a4 output (beware on Debian, it is overridden by /etc/papersize)

Unfortunately, the pdf2ds conversion puts margins all around the original pages, so a 3 by 3 grid does not fit anymore on an a4 page.

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