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 specifi-
cations 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 param-
eter 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, the pageno may
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 speci-
fier, and the -h option gives the height which is used by the h dimen-
sion 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, 10x14 or _glibc, where
latter one means the format of the current locale. The default paper
size is _glibc.
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 spec-
ified 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 (or join them with a comma for duplex printing).
These variables are specifying the papertype when used paper is
_glibc. For details see the locale(7) manpage.
Copyright (C) Angus J. C. Duggan 1991-1995
psbook(1), psselect(1), pstops(1), epsffit(1), psnup(1), psresize(1),
psmerge(1), fixscribeps(1), getafm(1), fixdlsrps(1), fixfmps(1), fix-
macps(1), fixpsditps(1), fixpspps(1), fixtpps(1), fixwfwps(1), fixw-
pps(1), fixwwps(1), extractres(1), includeres(1)
PostScript is a trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated.
Pstops does not accept all DSC comments.
PSUtils Release 1 Patchlevel 17 PSTOPS(1)
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