<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/trash.png”>Paper costs money. Save both by printing your PDFs on half-pages. Whether you want a booklet or side-by-side copies, a free tool for Windows not only makes this possible but also simple. Stop messing around with printer settings and get the document exactly how you want it. Many printers allow you to print to PDF as a booklet, or to print side-by-side copies. The interface for doing so however, varies depending on the type of printer you’re using and a number of other factors.
Whether you routinely print our free PDF manuals or find yourself with a steady stream of documents you need to print and read, this is a tool you should probably know about.
To get started, simply download Govert’s imposition tool. It comes as a single executable file, but you’ll need to download .NET 2.0 to run this program. Once everything’s working, you’ll have a window that looks like this:
Add a PDF, pick the print mode you want and you’ll quickly make a new PDF file formatting the way you want it.
What do these different modes mean? Great question. Keep reading to find out, and to see pages from a yet-to-be-released manual.
Want a booklet you can fold and staple down the middle? This is the mode you’re looking for. Govert’s tool will automatically arrange your document for convenient book making, so try this out if you want something that feels and reads like a book.
You can optionally include folding marks, which makes the process a little bit simpler. There will also be a few blank “pages”, depending on your total number of pages, but this is normal in the world of publishing.
Want two “pages” per page, but aren’t very keen about the folded booklet? 2-up printing will put two consecutive pages on each sheet of paper, making for easy reading without a lot of extra work.
Optional lines can seperate the two pages printed on a single sheet, which isn’t necessary but sometimes nice.
Duplicate, Side By Side
Want two copies of your document? This is the tool you need. Every sheet will have two versions of the same page. Perfect if you are printing out leaflets and flyers.
Cut every sheet down the middle and you’ve got two half-page documents. You can optionally have a cutmark on the top page, which is great if you’re going to use a paper-cutter to slice through an entire document.
2 by 2 1/2 Inches
This is like the duplicate setting, but you only get one copy. Basically: if you cut the sheets in half down the middle you have two stacks. The left side of the page is the first half of the document; the right, the second.
Great if you want the document to be a stack of half-page sheets.
I like this tool quite a bit; thanks go to Freeware Genius for pointing it out.
Soon after becoming the eBook editor I was surprised to learn that many of our readers print our guides. I’m not sure why this surprised me; perhaps it’s because I rarely read anything on paper anymore and print documents even less often. While I do understand the appeal of printing such manuals, using full pages to do so is pretty wasteful. Tools like this make printing our manuals less wasteful, so I recommend all of our readers do so.
Prefer reading PDFs on your e-reader? So do I, but the formatting can be problematic. If this is familar to you, you’ll find Briss makes PDF files e-reader friendly. Even if you don’t use e-readers, combining Briss with Govert’s tool could have some awesome results. If you try this, share your thoughts in the comments below.
Do you have any other PDF printing tips or tools you use to print to PDF? Share them below, along with your questions about Govert’s imposition tool.