pdfjam-slides3up man page

pdfjam-slides3up — put presentation slides onto 3-up pages


pdfjam-slides3up [--pagenumbering SWITCH] [OPTION [OPTION] ...] [SRC [PAGESPEC] [SRC [PAGESPEC]] ...]


pdfjam-slides3up converts PDF files whose pages are presentation slides (with 4:3 aspect ratio) into 3-up versions suitable for making a handout with space for handwritten side notes (for example).  By default, the 3-up pages do not themselves have page numbers.

To put page numbers on the output pages, use either '--pagenumbering true' or, for example, '--pagenumbering 3.4cm' to place the page numbers a bit lower on the page than the default position.  The value of 'SWITCH' must be either 'true', 'false' or a dimension that can be used by LateX. (To be precise, it's the value of the 'footskip' dimension in LaTeX; by default, pdfjam-slides3up sets that as 3.1cm, which works pretty well in  conjunction with both '--paper a4paper' and '--paper letterpaper'.)

If no source PDF file ('SRC') is specified, input is from /dev/stdin. If 'PAGESPEC' is omitted, all pages are processed.

Source files are processed sequentially into a single output unless the '--batch' option is used, in which case they are processed  separately.

pdfjam-slides3up is a simple wrapper for pdfjam, which provides a front end to  many of the capabilities of the pdfpages package for pdflatex.  A working installation of pdflatex, with the pdfpages package, is required.

pdfjam-slides3up operates on one or more PDF files, and (either with  the '--batch' option or with '--outfile DIR' where 'DIR' is a directory) the  resulting files have the suffix '-3up' applied to their names by default.  To change the suffix, use the '--suffix' option, for example

pdfjam-slides3up --suffix '1x3' --batch myslides1.pdf myslides2.pdf

will result in files named 'myslides1-1x3.pdf' and 'myslides2-1x3.pdf'.

By default a narrow line frame is printed around every slide.  This can be  turned off if required by using the option '--frame false'.

pdfjam-slides3up is part of the "PDFjam" package of tools, whose homepage is at http://www.warwick.ac.uk/go/pdfjam .


See http://go.warwick.ac.uk/pdfjam .


For the other available options and  site /user defaults, see the output of

pdfjam --help

For further information and some examples see  http://go.warwick.ac.uk/pdfjam .

Limitations and Bugs

pdfjam-slides3up does not work with encrypted PDF files, and does not  preserve hyperlinks.

Please report bugs! See the website at http://www.warwick.ac.uk/go/pdfjam .


PDFjam is distributed under the GNU public license.  

See Also

pdfjam(1) pdfjam-slides6up(1) .


pdfjam-slides3up is written and maintained by David Firth as part of the PDFjam package.

Referenced By


10 March 2010