I would like to convert this manual into a PDF that is easier to print with standard A4 paper and printers.

The pages in the manual are very thin: 74 × 140 mm (W×H), much smaller than a A4 page (whose dimensions are 210 × 297 mm). I would like to have three of them on a A4 page in landscape orientation. Here is a drawing:

        manual pages
      /      |      \
|.~~~~~~~.~~~~~~~.~~~~~~~.| <- A4 page
||  pag  |  pag  |  pag  ||
||       |       |       ||
||   1   |   2   |   3   ||

I tried using the "print on multiple pages" functionality of evince and okular, but to no avail: they do not allow an odd number of pages to be merged in a single printed page, only powers of two.

How can I generate a PDF where the original thin pages assembled to so have three of them in a A4 page in landscape orientation?

  • Any chance to use LibreOffice Writer to compose a landscape page with text arranged in three columns (Format->Page, Format->Columns) and then perform File->Export as PDF? – Serge Sep 27 '16 at 17:44

Using the nup feature of pdfjam

pdfjam --a4paper --landscape --nup 3x1 --outfile out.pdf GY300_Dtype_E.pdf

(tested with pdfjam version 2.08 on Ubuntu). Some systems may provide separate a pdfnup executable - AFAIK the command syntax is the same.


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