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pstops (1)


pstops - shuffle pages in a PostScript file


pstops  [ -q ] [ -b ] [ -wwidth ] [ -hheight ] [ -ppaper ] [
-dlwidth ] pagespecs [ infile [ outfile ] ]


User Commands                                           PSTOPS(1)

     pstops - shuffle pages in a PostScript file

     pstops  [ -q ] [ -b ] [ -wwidth ] [ -hheight ] [ -ppaper ] [
     -dlwidth ] pagespecs [ infile [ outfile ] ]

     Pstops rearranges pages from a PostScript document, creating
     a  new  PostScript  file.   The input PostScript file should
     follow the Adobe Document Structuring  Conventions.   Pstops
     can  be  used  to  perform  a  large number of arbitrary re-
     arrangements of Documents, including arranging for  printing
     2-up,  4-up,  booklets,  reversing,  selecting front or back
     sides of documents, scaling, etc.

     pagespecs follow the syntax:

          pagespecs   = [modulo:]specs

          specs       = spec[+specs][,specs]

          spec        = [-]pageno[L][R][U][@scale][(xoff,yoff)]

     modulo is the number of pages in each block.  The  value  of
     modulo  should  be  greater  than 0; the default value is 1.
     specs are the page specifications  for  the  pages  in  each
     block.  The  value  of  the  pageno  in  each spec should be
     between 0 (for the first page in  the  block)  and  modulo-1
     (for  the  last page in each block) inclusive.  The optional
     dimensions xoff and yoff shift the  page  by  the  specified
     amount.   xoff  and yoff are in PostScript's points, but may
     be followed by the units cm or in to convert to  centimetres
     or  inches,  or  the flag w or h to specify as a multiple of
     the width or height.  The optional parameters L,  R,  and  U
     rotate  the  page left, right, or upside-down.  The optional
     scale parameter scales the page by the  fraction  specified.
     If  the  optional minus sign is specified, the page is rela-
     tive to the end of the document, instead of the start.

     If page specs are separated by + the pages  will  be  merged
     into  one  page;  if  they are separated by  they will be on
     separate pages.  If there is only  one  page  specification,
     with pageno zero, the pageno may be omitted.

     The shift, rotation, and scaling are performed in that order
     regardless of which order they appear on the command line.

     The -w option gives the width which is used by the w  dimen-
     sion  specifier, and the -h option gives the height which is
     used by the h dimension specifier. These dimensions are also
     used (after scaling) to set the clipping path for each page.

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     The -p option can be used as  an  alternative,  to  set  the
     paper  size to a3, a4, a5, b5, letter, legal, or 10x14.  The
     default paper size is a4.

     The -b option prevents any bind operators in the  PostScript
     prolog  from binding. This may be needed in cases where com-
     plex multi-page re-arrangements are being done.

     The -d option draws a line around the border of  each  page,
     of the specified width.  If the lwidth parameter is omitted,
     a default linewidth of 1 point is assumed. The linewidth  is
     relative  to the original page dimensions, i.e. it is scaled
     up or down with the rest of the page.

     Pstops normally prints the page numbers  of  the  pages  re-
     arranged; the -q option suppresses this.

     This  section  contains  some sample re-arrangements. To put
     two pages on one sheet (of A4 paper), the  pagespec  to  use


     To select all of the odd pages in reverse order, use:


     To re-arrange pages for printing 2-up booklets, use


     for the front sides, and


     for  the reverse sides (or join them with a comma for duplex

     Copyright (C) Angus J. C. Duggan 1991-1995

     See  attributes(5)  for  descriptions   of   the   following

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     |Availability   | print/psutils    |
     |Stability      | Volatile         |
     psbook(1),  psselect(1),  pstops(1),  epsffit(1),  psnup(1),
     psresize(1), psmerge(1), fixscribeps(1),  getafm(1),  fixdl-
     srps(1),   fixfmps(1),   fixmacps(1),  fixpsditps(1),  fixp-
     spps(1), fixtpps(1),  fixwfwps(1),  fixwpps(1),  fixwwps(1),
     extractres(1), includeres(1)

     PostScript is a trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated.

     Pstops does not accept all DSC comments.

     This   software   was   built   from   source  available  at   The   original
     community       source       was       downloaded       from

     Further  information about this software can be found on the
     open source  community  website  at  http://knackered.knack-

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