Multivalent and 4-up Printing for Hipster

OK, I promised Civil over here that I would show how to do 4-up printing of Hipster cards.

He gave me a 4-page PDF file of Hipster size pages

Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4

The magical command is:

java -classpath ./Multivalent20060102.jar tool.pdf.Impose -verbose -nup 4 -sep 1 -paper 6x10in Original.pdf

  • java -classpath ./Multivalent20060102.jar invokes Java and points to the jar file or Java archive
  • tool.pdf.Impose this is the specific tool we are using - the imposition tool
  • -verbose be verbose about it
  • -nup 4 we are doing a 4-up, 2 by 2 layout
  • -sep 1 with a 1 (?)pixel separator between pages
  • -paper 6x10in onto 6 by 10 inch paper. If I did not include this, it would do the 4-up onto the size of the first page: 3 by 5 inches
  • Original.pdf and the incoming PDF file

And the resulting PDF is :

You print it using Adobe Reader, set Page Scaling to "None", and check "AUto-Rotate and Center" unless you are confident of the top and left margins not chopping off something important.

The resulting 4-up page is attached for your amusement.

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2008-2009_4-up.pdf131.95 KB
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Thanks for the effort.

Thanks for the effort. Still not sure how to use that though, will try to investigate.

Contact me if you need help

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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

I found Multivalent to be a

I found Multivalent to be a bit too fiddly for what I needed to do, though it shows promise, so instead I came up with another idea, one that I normally avoid as it does not always work well: I used a PDF to Word tool I found at the Freeware of the Day site, then fiddled with the output to fit withing the right margins for my printer, and it worked reasonably well.
As expected, it altered somewhat the original pdf formatting, but not so much that it could not be used.

I thought to attach the resulting Word file to this topic, but I do not see the option to do so here, and I am not sure about adding it to the templates because it seems to have limited use (I have not found yet anyone besides myself who uses letter sized templates to print directly to a single hipster sized card).

The only tool that does this

I have yet to find another open-source/freeware PDF tool that does imposition. There are lots of page arrangers, but no others that I have found that let you arrange multiple pages on one page.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

CocoaBooklet....

.... On the Mac does 2-up and 4-up imposition via the Print dialog box. It's a simple tool that gives great results, but is in no way as flexible or powerful as Multivalent, and is not an imposition tool, just a booklet maker, but that's what most people want--although you would have to hack to get it to work for this application (add blank pages, etc).

-Jon

Add PDFLab to the mix

Another goodie by the same author.

PDFLab lets you split and join PDF documents as well as insert images and blank pages. You will also be able to easily create PDF documents out of several images.

I would agree that CocoaBooklet does easy 2-up and 4-up. You can even define a custom paper size -- like 6x10 to get a 4-up of 3x5 cards.

One down side: The author says that Snow Leopard broke everything he build PDFLab and CocoaBooklet from so he will have to restart from scratch.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Ouch!

One down side: The author says that SNow Leopard broke everything he build PDFLab and CocoaBooklet from so he will have to restart from scratch.

I didn't know that! Just one more reason to not go up to Snow Leopard! Argh... Thanks for that head's up.

-Jon

Latest multivalent has tools removed

Just downloaded the latest multivalent (Multivalent20091027.jar) and could not get the tools to work. Eventually went back and checked out the forum postings and the author has recently (2009-10-28) removed tool support temporarily. I would like to try out some pdf manipulation. Is there any way someone could make a copy of Multivalent20060102.jar available?

Try...

http://sourceforge.net/projects/multivalent/files/
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No Multivalent jar file there...

Or at least I couldn't find it.

The 'Release 20060102' folder contains some DVI files and the API docs but no Multivalent jar file.

The 'Release 8.3' folder contains a jar from 2004 but I was hoping for something newer.

The 'Release 20091027' folder contains the latest jar with no tool support. An interesting development for sure!

Down for Maintenance

http://sourceforge.net/projects/multivalent/forums/forum/252...

You can PM me and I will send you a copy of mine.
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Old files are available

Go to the sourceforge link I posted in the message above this one. At the bottom of that message thread are a few links to working older versions of MultiValent that should suffice until the new ones are posted.
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