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Joseph.
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   Posted 10/28/2015 6:11 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Say you have say 10 music parts in 8.5 x 11 PDFs (or 9 x 12, or whatever). You are going to print booklets in 11 x 17 (12 x 18, or whatever). Only you don't have a $10,000 printer with large format auto-duplexing. It's a nightmare.

I wrote an open-source program that makes it nearly AS EASY with your $50 - $500 large format non-auto-duplexing printer.

Here is a demo video: /www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jiq5TR0RN-A
It takes these PDFs, makes booklets, separates even / odd files, merges everything into only 2 grand files. That whole process takes seconds and is completely automated. Then, you load the 11 x 17 paper (or whatever), print the first giant stack, flip the stack (or not, depending on your printer), then print the second file on the back.

Basically, if someone woke me up at 6 a.m., sent me 8.5 x 11 part files for an entire orchestra, and then told me I had 10 minutes to print them all in booklets on my HP 5200, I'd push a few buttons, make coffee, breakfast, and let the chickens out... all while waiting on the printer to finish.

What I wrote is basically an applescript wrapper (autohotkey for the windows version) for jPDFTweak, a Java application by Michael Schierl, that thankfully can operate purely through the terminal.

GET IT HERE
/github.com/jsphweid/bookletMacro/blob/master/README.md#mac-os-x-installation If you want to try it or use it, feel free. It's on Github. Further Instruction is there.


v0.3.2 (mac)— released 2015-11-11

Fixed a small bug in the mac version that would crash the program if you had spaces in any of your folder names…

v0.3.1 (mac)-- released 2015-10-30 --
- Update for Mac version to make it dead simple to install using curl / terminal. Also, the process has changed to be even simpler. Simply select the pdfs, right click, click "Booklet Macro." DONE.

v0.3.0 -- released 2015-10-28 --
- Initial MAC version. I have 2 context menu items that copy file paths. Then you simply find the folder with the app and run it. Pretty simple. Could be better



It's pretty easy to use now, but I'd like to make it even more dead simple. If you have comments or suggestion, please let me know here, private message, or at github, or whatever.

I just started a thread about it at macscripter.net/viewtopic.php?pid=183331. Hopefully they will help me with a few things.

My original thread for the windows version is here: forum.makemusic.com/default.aspx?f=5&m=448667

Michael Schierl's original jPDFTweak can be found here: jpdftweak.sourceforge.net/

Both windows and mac versions will be changing in the next few days as I get feedback. I'll post the progress relevant to the osx version here.


Windows 7 Finale 2012c

Finale Hotkey Grid - free, open source, and mostly... a work in progress.
/github.com/jsphweid/Finale-Hotkey-Grid

Another macro to make booklets effortlessly...
/github.com/jsphweid/bookletMacro

Post Edited (Joseph.) : 11/11/2015 9:59:46 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/28/2015 7:17 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Looks interesting, Joseph!

This link appears broken? macscripter.net/viewtopic.php?pid=183331.

~robert


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Joseph.
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   Posted 10/28/2015 7:23 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
rpmseattle said...
Looks interesting, Joseph!

This link appears broken? macscripter.net/viewtopic.php?pid=183331.

~robert


Hmm... must be a bug on the forums because it only seems dead when I put url tags around it...

Often links will appear messed up on the forums after putting tags around it (like the ones in my signature). Not sure why these things behave that way.


Windows 7 Finale 2012c

Finale Hotkey Grid - free, open source, and mostly... a work in progress.
/github.com/jsphweid/Finale-Hotkey-Grid

Another macro to make booklets effortlessly...
/github.com/jsphweid/bookletMacros

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Dr. Wiggy
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   Posted 10/29/2015 5:54 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
There are loads of PDF booklet imposition scripts and apps for OS X.

Here's one that uses OS X's Quartz technology with Ruby/Cocoa.
slitheytoves.blogspot.co.uk/2008/03/pdf-imposition-on-os-x-with-quartz-and.html


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   Posted 10/29/2015 7:36 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Wiggy said...
There are loads of PDF booklet imposition scripts and apps for OS X.

Here's one that uses OS X's Quartz technology with Ruby/Cocoa.
slitheytoves.blogspot.co.uk/2008/03/pdf-imposition-on-os-x-with-quartz-and.html


So.... I've wasted my time?

Thanks..... I guess...


Windows 7 Finale 2012c

Finale Hotkey Grid - free, open source, and mostly... a work in progress.
/github.com/jsphweid/Finale-Hotkey-Grid

Another macro to make booklets effortlessly...
/github.com/jsphweid/bookletMacros

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   Posted 10/29/2015 8:59 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Sorry, it was not my intention to suggest that. I was merely adding more information to the thread. Having lots of different ways of doing things is always good.


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Finale 2014d, 2012 MacMini; 2012 MacBook Pro (10.10.5)
Edirol FA-66; Roland A-49, HP Laserjet 5200 DTN
Ancient Groove Music www.ancientgroove.co.uk

Post Edited (Wiggy) : 10/29/2015 9:21:50 AM (GMT-5)

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   Posted 11/1/2015 12:27 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Ok, I made installation and usage MUCH EASIER.

To install: Follow github link in OP. Instructions are there. It takes 20 seconds.

To use: select files, right-click / 2-finger-tap, click context menu item "Booklet Macro v0.3.1" or whatever.

DONE.


Windows 7 Finale 2012c

Finale Hotkey Grid - free, open source, and mostly... a work in progress.
/github.com/jsphweid/Finale-Hotkey-Grid

Another macro to make booklets effortlessly...
/github.com/jsphweid/bookletMacro

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   Posted 11/11/2015 10:59 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
v0.3.2 (mac)— released 2015-11-11

Fixed a small bug in the mac version that would crash the program if you had spaces in any of your folder names…


Windows 7 Finale 2012c

Finale Hotkey Grid - free, open source, and mostly... a work in progress.
/github.com/jsphweid/Finale-Hotkey-Grid

Another macro to make booklets effortlessly...
/github.com/jsphweid/bookletMacro

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