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Old Sep 13, 2005, 07:57 AM
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Tiling PDF Plans / Printing PDF Plans as Tiled Pages

We were discussing tiling and PC programs on another thread. Thought it would be good to break the info out into its own thread, so....


A free, open-source program called ImageMagick at
http://www.imagemagick.org/script/index.php
can be used to convert large, single-page (pdf and other image files, no dxf though) plans to gif format.

Printing the gif file with MS-Paint can then produce a tiled printout plan.

One could also in theory use the open-source program 'pdfcreator' at

http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/

( this is a printer driver that when printed to pops up a dialog box for a filename, and will save the printed output as a pdf. )
to turn the tiled printing back into pdf.
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Old Sep 13, 2005, 08:48 AM
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kdahlhaus, sorry but I do not have the free version of adobe acrobat to test, I use the professional version. Anyway, doesn't the free acrobat do tiled printing? If you click "file" then "print" is there an option for "page scaling"? If so all you need to do is choose "tile all pages" or "tile large pages". The pro version does this but I can't rememeber if the free version does or not.
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Old Sep 13, 2005, 09:11 AM
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I just tried it with the free reader printing to PDFCreator. I ended up with a single page that would be the first page of the tiled document, as if it took the number of pages to print from the source document and did not adjust that number to account for the tiling.

The process in the first post should work around this problem for those that do not own the full adobe suite.
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Old Sep 13, 2005, 04:05 PM
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I'll have to crank up my laptop and see what happens there. I have the free version on it.
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Old Sep 13, 2005, 05:29 PM
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The newest free version of AcrobatReader does not tile print. Damn, now I have to go back and edit a bunch of posts.

Looks like it's PRO only.
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Old Sep 14, 2005, 09:18 AM
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Install a postscipt printer driver. Print with it to get a ps file then use this utility.

http://www.tug.org/tex-archive/support/poster/

Now you can print anything tiled.

-- Rajesh
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Old Sep 14, 2005, 01:10 PM
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Hey great idea! I was wondering if you could do that and I searched around google looking for somethng like it yesterday. I didn't find anything when I was looking. I don't need the utility since I have acrobat pro but as a long time unix/linux user I figured there was some way to do it with postscript. Thanks for the tip Rajesh!
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Old Sep 14, 2005, 02:02 PM
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Rajesh, I echo everything Rick said. Thanks!
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Old Sep 16, 2005, 04:30 AM
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You are welcome. But if you are a linux user why are you wasting time with windows I use qcad for dxf and a gui for poster is built into kdeprint.

Anybody not using linux should give it a try(to print tiled plans if nothing else ). There are live cds (knoppix for example) available which will let you try without installing anything on hard disk. Installing it is easy too, I find it to be easier than windows nowadays. Also it doesn't reboot a million times during install

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Old Sep 16, 2005, 12:52 PM
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You are welcome. But if you are a linux user why are you wasting time with windows
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Circumstances have me using windows right now, but it won't be for very long. I like linux much better
-Rick
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Old Jul 19, 2014, 01:36 PM
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PDF tile tools

Hello,

i found also handsome PDF tiling tools. These are free and have the option to put a overview sheet into your tiled document. These are Govert's Tools.

http://www.noliturbare.com/pdf-tools/pdf-tiler

What i am really looking for, is a tool to give me a tiled output with solid cutmarks around my drawings, considering some space to the edges to match my printer allowance.

Hoping some clever guy will program a PDF tiler for our needs.
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Old Jul 19, 2014, 01:45 PM
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Unless I'm missing something there may not be an issue with tiled printing in adobe reader X as of the date of this post..... I just printed a large plan using the "poster" option and aside from the non-printable area of my laser printer (which isn't adobe's fault and simply means I'd have cut the borders of all the pages) I can arrange the trimmed, formerly letter sized sheets of paper in order to make a larger plan. If I'm not seeing the issue, sorry for this post.
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