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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:54 pm    Post subject: [Solved] Reduce 2 A4 pages to A5...... Reply with quote

I've composed two A4 pages which contain some graphics as a left handed and a right handed one. (It's a daily diet sheet for wife's Weightwatchers). Now I can use the printer's driver to effectively reduce each page to A5 and put them both onto an A4 sheet. But this requires some manipulation when printing. So I want to produce the effect both as a doc and a pdf to pass on to others to use.

I found no way to do this as an Open Office document. A friend took the document and using his Linux PC print to file function to produce a pdf version with the two pages on one for me. Neat.

OO cannot do this as it only produces a prn file. And the export to pdf reproduces the A4 pages as 2 A4 pages.

Now if the printer driver can do it, why can't OO produce the same effect! Unless someone knows better?,,,,,

Richard


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can download & install CutePDFWriter and print to that with about as many pages to one page as you like.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh Yes!!!! Thank you so much, does the job perfectly. Now if only such a feature could be built into OO.......

It's where the search engines let you down and forums like this are so useful. Googling all sorts of search criteria failed to bring up CutePDF.

Thank you again,
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

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Oh Yes!!!! .... Now if only such a feature could be built into OO.......
Oh Yes!!! if you only had consulted the Help file.

On the Page Layout tab page of the File - Print dialog, you have the option to print multiple pages on one sheet.
1. Choose File - Print and click the Page Layout tab.
2. Do one of the following:
1. To print two pages side by side on the same sheet, select "2" in the Pages per sheet box.
2. To print multiple pages on the same sheet, select the number of pages per sheet and optionally set the order of pages. The small preview shows the arrangement of pages.
3. Click Print.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dickie mint wrote:
Oh Yes!!!! Thank you so much, does the job perfectly. Now if only such a feature could be built into OO.......

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Why add functionality if it's already there - in CutePDFWriter? OOo also doesn't have its own printer drivers - it relies on the operating system to support printers. There's enough to fix about OOo that can't be done by external programs so I'd rather that the programmers focus on what's really needed.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mgroenescheij, I did know how to print off using the 2 per page print option; and am doing so for my wife. But as I said in the original post I wanted to produce a doc or pdf file to pass on to others that would do just that for them.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

As floris_v said this is part of a printer driver and not part of PDF export.
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I wanted to produce a doc or pdf file to pass on to others that would do just that for them.
Even if it was part of the PDF export function it's only for the PDF and not for a doc file.
Keep in mind that when you print to PDF or CutePDFWriter you loose some functionality.
If you want a odt file with two pages create a Page Style Landscape with two columns, reduce your font size etc.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:32 am    Post subject: Solved Reply with quote

mgroenescheij wrote:

Keep in mind that when you print to PDF or CutePDFWriter you loose some functionality.
If you want a odt file with two pages create a Page Style Landscape with two columns, reduce your font size etc.
Martin


Martin,
Hi,

As the original has graphics boxes with overlaid text boxes of 6 point font, it would perhaps be a little difficult to redo the original as A5 sizes on A4 landscape. But it would still be nice if open Office could lay two pages onto one, like the printer driver can.....

Thanks for all the very prompt help here,
Richard
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