Say I start off from a PDF document, say of 12 pages, viewed with evince. To produce another PDF of 6 sheets, with a page setup of two pages per side, I normally use the "Print to File" device listed in the ^P dialogue window. This works out pretty neatly.
I would like to translate this operation for the command line.
- To my understanding, this is not an operation that pdftk can do. Please cross check.
- The command
lp, which would accept the option
-o number-up=2, does not recognize any device called "Print to File", which indeed does not show up in
lpstat -p -d.
- I am aware of the post What is “Print to File” and can it be used from command line?. I have installed cups-pdf whereby a new printer named PDF is acknowledged. However, the print quality of a simple text file is way too raw (for example, no print margins to start with). Moreover, if I reprint an existing PDF file on this device, say
lp -p PDF existing.pdf, evince can't even manage to open that copycatted output, while this is not the case with the "Print to File" way.
- I had a look at
man evince. At the bottom, it touches upon a few print preview options and redirects to a GNOME-developer project page. Admittedly I am not able to make sense and use of it.
Is there actually a way to combine the flexibility of the command line with the print quality that I obtain from that "Print to File" option in the GUI evince?
My test case, again, would be to create from the command line a PDF out of a source document printed with two pages per sheet.
Thanks for thinking along.