To print a brochure, pages in a document have to be selected and rearranged. Given the following manual process:
- Take the suitable prepared PDF and print it. The printing programm shall print two pages on each sheet of paper (this optio is provided by almost every printer driver today)
- Take the printet sheets of paper and put them -- as a whole stack and without changing anything -- back to the paper supply tray.
- Print the downsides, also two pages each sheet.
      For a brochure, two sheets of paper will be printed with two pages of the original document on each side. The upsides of the two sheets must be printed as follows:
[ | 1 ] [ 6 | 3 ]Please note that there has been aded an empty page!
When we then take the resulting paper stack and put it back in the paper tray of the printer, it needs to print the following sequence:
[ 4 | 5 ] [ 2 | 7 ]... and according to this the document has to be prepared. It has to be split in two documents which contain the pages in the respective order. The PDF tool takes care of this task using the brochure command. For how to apply in an example, see the followig section. Note that if you do not specify the
-reverse-switch when processind the downside, you will have to invert the page order of the paper stack because the print will start with document page 4 -- which must be printed on the downmost paper sheet.
shell$ # make a brochure print from mybook.pdf shell$ pdftool brochure -i mybook.pdf -upsideonly -o upside.pdf shell$ pdftool brochure -i mybook.pdf -downsideonly -reverse -i downside.pdf