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
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.
pdfjam(1) pdfjam-slides6up(1) .
pdfjam-slides3up is written and maintained by David Firth as part of the PDFjam package.