[reportlab-users] Need to put together a quick script, some basic questions

Pedro pedro100 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 6 22:22:00 EST 2009

I gooled a bit arround and found out that this is a technique called
'page imposition'. After some more googling I found a rather easy to
use tool that does this simply by running a comand line tool with the
right parameters.

Just in case somebody runs across the same issue:
it has a cool imposition tool

Thank you

On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 2:05 AM, Tim Roberts <timr at probo.com> wrote:

> Pedro wrote:

>> Ok, this is my very first message to this list, I've never used

>> reportlab's pdf library nor I've red the documentation yet.

>> What I need to do is this:

>> take a document with 16 A4 pages and then squeeze them all in two A4

>> pages, 8 on each side. They should be place in such way that after

>> printing both pages on both sides of a sheet, I can fold the sheet a

>> few times, cut the edges, staple them in the middle and end up with a

>> very little 16 pages book.


>> My questions are:

>> -Is this possible to do using this the pdf library?

>> -What issues will arise?

>> -Text in general prints very well, is it possible to keep the text

>> format or do I need to convert to to images?



> This is not a Reportlab task. I gather that you already have this

> 16-page document, created by some other application, right? What you

> need are PDF manipulation tools. Reportlab is used to create documents,

> not to manipulate existing documents. If you were creating the document

> from scratch, then Reportlab could do it.


> The standard Acrobat PDF reader can create booklets right out of the

> box, but it only does 2 pages per side. It can print your document

> 8-up, but not so that it can be folded and stapled like this.


> If you Google for "pdf booklet conversion", you'll find a number of hits

> for tools that can do this. I don't have experience with any of them.


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