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In article <cc.utexas.edu>, Bill Jefferys <as.utexas.edu.invalid> wrote:   Or maybe a Distiller "bug." I don't own Distiller, but I would supect that it would ignore any n-up while creating a file. Given any choice, I would have certainly programmed it that way. To me, a 4up file sounds ridiculous, while a 4up print does not. I just pulled-up a .pdf doent in Acrobat Reader and it printed 4up on my HP 2200dn with absolutely no difficulty, so it does not appear on the surface to be an Apple "bug.". OS x 10.2.6 on a Sawtooth G4. -- Rod Smith Florida ...

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    In article <cc.utexas.edu>,
    Bill Jefferys <as.utexas.edu.invalid> wrote:
     

    Or maybe a Distiller "bug." I don't own Distiller, but I would supect
    that it would ignore any n-up while creating a file. Given any choice, I
    would have certainly programmed it that way. To me, a 4up file sounds
    ridiculous, while a 4up print does not.

    I just pulled-up a .pdf doent in Acrobat Reader and it printed 4up on
    my HP 2200dn with absolutely no difficulty, so it does not appear on the
    surface to be an Apple "bug.". OS x 10.2.6 on a Sawtooth G4.

    --
    Rod Smith
    Florida Panhandle
    Rod Guest

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    In article <cc.utexas.edu>,
    Bill Jefferys <as.utexas.edu.invalid> wrote:
     [/ref][/ref]
     
    >
    > No, not a Distiller bug. I was using the print-to-pdf feature of the APPLE
    > print menu, which doesn't know that Distiller is installed (it's an old
    > Classic version, I haven't upgraded). This did not work. However, if I print
    > to postscript four-up and then use Distiller on this, it works fine. But
    > that's an extra step that I ought to be able to avoid if the print menu
    > worked as I think it should.
    >[/ref]

    If you are applescript savvy, you could probbably use the new PDF
    workflow scripting ability <http://www.apple.com/applescript/print/> to create a script to do this.

    Alternatively, if you are a laTeX person, you should be using TeXShop
    and creating your files in pdf directly. The laTeX packaga pdfpages
    allows you to do 4up and many otherthings.

    --
    James Meiss
    <http://amath.colorado.edu/faculty/jdm>
    James Guest

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    In <cc.utexas.edu> Bill Jefferys
    wrote:
     

    Another way to go is Postscript. If you have the Postscript version of
    this file you can use psnup from the command line to prepare a PS
    version that is 4 up. Then use PStill or Ghostscript to convert that to
    PDF.
    Robert Guest

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    In article <airnews.net>,
    Robert Love <net> wrote:
     
    >
    > Another way to go is Postscript. If you have the Postscript version of
    > this file you can use psnup from the command line to prepare a PS
    > version that is 4 up. Then use PStill or Ghostscript to convert that to
    > PDF.[/ref]

    Well, in effect that's what I'm doing. I can get a 4-up postscript file
    directly from PowerPoint, and then I convert it to pdf (using Distiller in
    my case instead of PStill or Ghostscript, but same idea). Also, I don't need
    to go through the psnup step.

    What I would like to do (and can't) is to produce a 4-up pdf file directly
    from PowerPoint. It's just a different choice in the dialog box (pdf instead
    of ps), and it looks like it should work, but doesn't. If I could do it this
    way I'd save myself an extra step, but thus far I haven't figured out how to
    do it (if it's possible).

    Bill

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    On 31 Aug 2003 18:00:03 GMT, Robert Love <net> wrote:
     
    >
    >Another way to go is Postscript. If you have the Postscript version of
    >this file you can use psnup from the command line to prepare a PS
    >version that is 4 up. Then use PStill or Ghostscript to convert that to
    >PDF.[/ref]

    Sorry for coming late...

    PStill can do N-UP (2 on 1, 4 on 1, 8 on 1, etc.) directly, just
    select the N-UP script of your choice - there are several in the
    package and if you need a special output mode you can script one
    yourself - and transcode your PDF to a new PDF.

    - Frank

    Frank Guest

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