I wanted to print a booklet, i.e. “print a document two pages at a time ordered in a way that folding the whole printout would produce a booklet, half the size of the paper which could be stapled in the middle.”
How to do it? Adobe Reader can do this but I had no luck. It seemed that it created the booklet correctly but when I printed it, the pages were flipped on the long side instead of the short side, so the result landed in the dustbin.
There is a nice little software called PdfBooklet that can create a booklet PDF that you can then print. Just open the original PDF in PdfBooklet, make sure that the ordering is OK (it should be), then click on the “Go” button to create a new booklet PDF. PdfBooklet didn’t show all the pages correctly in its view pane but the produced output was OK.
Tip from here.
If you use Ubuntu 13.10+, you won’t find Adobe Reader in the Software Center. Instead, download the
.deb file from http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/ and install it. In my case it complained about the state of the package but I chose “install anyway”.
The easiest way is to open the downloaded
.deb package with the Software Center. First I tried to install it from
.tar.gz, but when I tried to launch it, it didn’t find some library.
More details here.
If you have some missing dependencies when you try to launch it, refer to this thread.
I wanted to convert a PDF with Calibre but it failed. I tried with Online Convert(er) too and it succeeded…
I had a bunch of PDF files that I merged together into one single PDF. I wanted to add page numbers to this PDF.
Well, here I used a proprietary software to get the job done quickly. With Adobe Acrobat 8 Pro these are the steps: Document -> Header & Footer -> Add…. Then add the page number. More info here.
If you have a solution with an open source software, let me know.