version 0.1
A set of PostScript utilities
by Dov Grobgeld

Latest version: impose+-0.1.tar.gz


impose+ is a set of postscript utilities. The main program of impose+ is impose which is used for two-up printing of DSC complient postscript. This includes postscript from e.g. netscape, dvips, and FrameMaker. It makes an effort to remove white space from the printout by probing the original postscript for the bounding box of the printed area. This makes the output much more esthetic than does a simplistic layout of non-cropped original papers.

impose may also be used as a print filter, e.g. for automatically printing two-up files from netscape.

The utilities are all written in perl and are released under the GNU public licence as described in the file COPYING. They depend on the installation of the psutils package by Angus J.C. Duggan.


The following example shows the same pages treated by both psnup and by impose.

psnup -2 impose

The left image is the simplistic tiling done by "psnup -2" where the whole page has been tiled. On the right is the postscript output of impose. As can be seen, a postscript file created by impose has more text and less white space on it.


Here is some additional descriptions of the different scripts in the program.

- A preprocessor to pstops by Angus J.C. Duggan, for creating 2-up printouts. It uses bboxx to extract the bounding box of the original postscript file and creates the 2-up copy, considering only the text body and the margin parameters entered by the user.
- Extract the bounding box of a postscript file, with the option of entering the bounding box into the file.
- Set tumble and duplex options for the printout.
- A preprocessor to impose and psbl for creating booklets.

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