Gimposition: print your PDF documents and ebooks 2 pages per sheet of paper, or in booklet or book format, etc.

Have you ever wished you could print a PDF ebook or document in booklet form, to make it look more like an actual book or booklet? Or perhaps you wanted to print 2 pages per sheet to save paper, or maybe some other similar configuration.

This is exactly what Gimposition can do. This free software (which incidentally has nothing to do with popular freeware bitmap editor GIMP) can process a PDF document to create a new one that is either (a) booklet-formatted, (b) places 2-pages on each physical sheet of paper, (c) lays out two duplicate copies side by side, or lastly (d) so-called 2×1/2n layout.

How it works: simply unzip and run this software, then drag and drop your PDF file onto the interface. Next check the format you are interested in and run (hover over the selected option to get an explanatory tooltip).

Here’s a quick overview of the different output formats:

(1) Booklet printing: “orders pages so that when printed and folded you get a booklet with pages in proper order”. (In other words, is designed for creating a book or booklet, with your printouts stacked and folded in the middle and staples placed there). See example below:

Gimposition ex booklet

(2) 2-Up printing: “odd and even pages are placed side by side; for economic printing and quick reference prints “. (In other words, is designed for placing 2 pages on a single sheet, to save paper). See example below:

Gimposition ex 2-up

(3) Duplicate side by side: “places two copies of the same document side by side, for economic printing “. (In other words, if you want to create 2 copies by splitting the resulting printout in two, cutting straight down the middle). See example below:

Gimposition ex side by side

(4) 2 x 1/2n: “places first half of multi page document side by side, for economic printing “. (a bit of a question mark, this one, but I think it should have been called “book format”, i.e.just like #1 but for double sided printing – please tell me if I am right or wrong in the comments). See example below:

Gimposition ex 2x1_2

The verdict: if you ever need to print large PDF documents or ebooks, Gimposition might prove extremely valuable. Simple and gets the job done.

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7. Requires MS .NET Framework 2.0 or later.

Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx 831K).


 
 
 
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  • Joe

    It looks like option (4) is similar to option (3), but whereas option (3) makes two duplicate copies after you cut them apart down the middle, option (4) makes just one copy.

  • Kris

    FinePrint does the same thing, but for everything you print. It is pricey, though. http://fineprint.com/fp/

    Also, many printer drivers now do this….

  • Cornflower

    I used fineprint for years, but with computer transitions, and with more and more e-reading on my Sony, I found I wasn’t using it much anymore and did not want to keep renewing. This is definitely something to try out!

    • Samer

      @ Kris, Cornflower: I like Fineprint too, but it is not free (as Cornflower said he did not want to keep renewing).

      In fact, why there doesn’t seem to be a goodf straight freeware clone of Fineprint has always mystified me!

  • gpc111

    This looks really interesting. I loaded up one of my pdf user manuals and it converted it easily. I will have to check all of the different modes to see which I prefer. thank you for sharing the info on this program.

  • bartman2589

    This might be nice for people who don’t use the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program to view PDF files. But if you use Acrobat Reader then you should know that it already has support for printing multiple pages per sheet, shrinking, rotating and many other formatting options as well. I personally use the 2 pages per sheet option from within Acrobat Reader to print out some of my ebooks for reading away from the computer (haven’t managed to save up enough money yet for an ebook reader like the Nook or Kindle). I use my 3 hole punch to punch binder style holes in the pages and then put them in a cheap folder that has the ability to hole paper that has been punched like this using those fold over tin fasteners. This makes it easy to treat the whole thing more like a book (even though I’m folding the pages up and over as opposed to folding them back to the left). And when I’m done I save the pages to print the next couple hundred pages of my ebook on the reverse side.

    • Samer

      @ bartman2589: Adobe Reader does this, and allows you to print two per page?
      I didn’t know, as I avoid Adobe Reader because it is too slow to launch (or at least it was, is this still the case?)
      Anyway thanks for pointing this out!

  • http://www.vapor4lifereview.org/ Andy

    I’ve been using fingerprint to print pdf documents and just last week I tried using this one and it was perfect. Well, I guess i have other options then. Thanks for this post, it’s been helpful.

  • http://www.zoniweb.com ZoNi

    I use iPrint – and suggest it on my blog (Serbian only):
    http://www.zoniweb.com/2010/04/iprint-multi-stampanje.html

    ZoNi

  • Samer

    @ ZoNi: thanks so much for the tip on iPrint; I liked it so much I just published a review (see it here)