I have a 150 page long pdf file where individual pages are shrunk. I need to magnify the file upto 900% to read anything on the screen (and it is readable at that magnification). I would like to print it out but the printer only gives me the original unreadable output.

I am trying to copy the original pdf into a file with correct magnification. I have tried pdfjam as used here (Print PDF scaled-down and aligned) and fiddled with pdftk -resize version without any success. Any Help will be appreciated.

I am using a Linux Ubuntu distribution.

Thank you in advance!!!!!

My Latex Version is : This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.5-1.40.14 (TeX Live 2013)

My Linux version is: Linux 3.13.0-44-generic #73-Ubuntu SMP Tue Dec 16 00:22:43 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Here is a link to the logfile at pastebin: http://pastebin.com/UhY3hDpT

  • Can you detail what you tried with pdfjam and pdftk exactly? – Rmano Jan 19 '15 at 18:11

I can do it with pdfjam with a little trick. Suppose the starting PDF is test.pdf; I run:

pdfjam --no-tidy --scale 1.0 --trim "7cm 7cm 7cm 7cm" -- test.pdf

and the output file is the original PDF, cropped by 7cm from left, bottom, right and top, giving the following test-pdfjam.pdf results:

example of pdfjam output

Using --scale 9.0 gives a out-of-bound error (you can see it with the --no-tidy option), because it tries to use a really huge page. Printing it with a "scale to full page" option should solve the problem (if you need to print it, I mean).

I am using pdfjam version 2013.20140215-2 on a Linux Ubuntu 14.04, which sports TeXlive 2013 (2013.20140215-1 to be exact).

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  • Thanks @Rmano for the help. When I am tried your solution (and various combinations e.g. scale to full page, different trim options etc) I am consistently getting an error : Calling PDFLATEX Failed. I can generate the log file which seems to say I am over Tex memory (I can put it up here). – DBS Jan 20 '15 at 8:56
  • You can add the excerpt of the log where it is failing to the question --- or a link to paste.bin. Add also which Unix flavor you have and which version of the LaTeX suite. – Rmano Jan 20 '15 at 8:59

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