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 flags `w' or `h' to specify as a multiple of the width or height.

The optional flags 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 relative 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, it 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' dimension 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. The -p option can be used as an alternative, to set the paper size to a3, a4, a5, b5, letter, legal, tabloid, statement, executive, folio, quarto 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 complex 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 is:
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.


Copyright © Angus J. C. Duggan 1991-1995

See Also

epsffit, extractres, fixdlsrps, fixfmps, fixmacps, fixpsditps, fixpspps, fixscribeps, fixtpps, fixwfwps, fixwpps, fixwwps, getafm, includeres, psbook, psmerge, psnup, psresize, psselect, pstops


PostScript is a trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated.


Pstops does not accept all legal DSC comments.
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