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I am using Scribus to produce an invitation. The invitation is A6 in size, and I would like to tile the document so that it fits 4 times onto A4, thus maximising my printer! I can then cut out the A6 invitations from the A4 page.

I've found the command pdfposter (I'm on Ubuntu), but I'm not sure that will do the trick...

Any hints, pointers, ideas or scripts out there?

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You can use the pdfnup program from the PDFjam suite (which is packaged for Ubuntu). If you have the original pages in a document containing multiple A6-sized papers named a6.pdf, the following command should do the job of arranging four original pages per one A4 page:

pdfnup --nup 2x2 --no-landscape --paper a4paper --noautoscale true --outfile a4.pdf a6.pdf

If you need to create the source file by repeating a single original page four times, the pdfjoin program from the same package will help you there:

pdfjoin --outfile a6.pdf original.pdf original.pdf original.pdf original.pdf
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Adobe Reader allows you to tile a PDF at time of printing. You won't need to modify the original file.

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If you want to create a new PDF containing the tiled pages you can use Acrobat Reader to print back to a PDF writer such as Adobe Acrobat or CutePDF Writer.

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  • Thanks. I should have said that I wanted to avoid this option as the person doing the printing isn't very technical! Giving him an A4 pdf to print is a lot safer... :-)
    – Rich
    Commented Jul 1, 2010 at 5:01
  • Ah, I see. See edit above. Commented Jul 1, 2010 at 6:07
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The accepted answer didn't work for me. In order for me to get the same A6 page displayed into 4, equal sized quadrants, on a single A4, I had to use the pdfnup command with multiple a6.pdf arguments. e.g. pdfnup --nup 2x2 --no-landscape --paper a4paper --noautoscale true --outfile a4.pdf a6.pdf a6.pdf a6.pdf a6.pdf

The other command with pdfjoin also didn't produce the desired results.

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  • What does this do exactly for the end result since you say for a different effect? Commented Sep 7, 2017 at 0:45
  • You say that this produces a different effect, but what is it? Why would somebody choose this answer over the others? Commented Sep 7, 2017 at 0:45
  • Edited the answer to make it clearer what I meant
    – zwessels
    Commented Sep 7, 2017 at 7:34

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