GutenMark Prettily Printable Material
Using My LaTeX and/or LyX
Some Hints on LyX
If you choose to modify the texts I've presented, you might consider
using LyX. LyX (www.lyx.org ) is
a terrific program for editing LaTeX. Sadly, though, at this
stage of its development it does have a few problems which you
may need to be aware of if you choose to work with any of the
LaTeX or LyX files on my ftp
. As this is written, LyX versions 1.1.6, 1.2.0, and 1.2.1
seem to be the most common, and I have been using mostly 1.2.0 (but
- All versions of LyX
will correctly import LaTex created by versions 20020811 (or later) of
GutenMark . However, LyX 1.2.x won't correctly import output
from earlier versions of GutenMark .
- LyX (all versions)
is not 100% perfect at importing LaTeX. Specifically, all of the
LaTeX files on my ftp site were exported from LyX, but won't be
properly re-imported into Lyx. (That's the reason I
both the LaTeX and the LyX files, even though logically only one or
the other is needed.) The problems encountered are easily
LyX 1.2.1 treats margins for even/odd printing differently than
1.2.0 and 1.1.6 do. It may modify the margins which have been
selected. This has various undesirable side-effects in cases where the
text contained two-column sections (such as msali10.lyx). The
upshot is that if you create PDF from LyX 1.2.1, you mightn't get PDF
files that look like the ones I've provided (usings
Certain mathematical stuff, such as the degree symbol,
superscripts (exponents), subscripts, greek letters, etc., sometimes
won't render properly using LyX's default method of generating
PDF--namely, the tool-chain latex/dvips/ps2pdf. I don't know why.
Fortunately, this stuff doesn't appear
in most books. Moreover, if properly configured, LyX also offers
an alternative method of generating PDF--namely, the tool pdflatex.
With pdflatex, the mathematical symbols seem to render properly and
certain spurious warning messages displayed by Adobe Acrobat Reader 5
when the default tool-chain is used are eliminated. (A good test
case for this is the text "moon10", Jules Verne's From the Earth
to the Moon .) On the other hand, pdflatex cannot deal with
EPS-format graphics (such as are supplied with Alice's Adventures
in Wonderland .) *Sigh!* The bottom line, however, is
that I'd almost always recommend using the 'pdflatex' option when
- The font, fontsize,
margins, and pagesize are bogus.
- Constructs such as
"\protect\raggedright" and "\global\emergencystretch" are messed
up. Simply replace these with "\raggedright"
Some Hints on Printable Formats
The PDF files I've provided look really good on the computer screen --
say, using Acrobat Reader on a 1280x1024 display -- but aren't really
suitable for direct printing unless you have a lot of 5.5"x8.5" paper
sitting around. You can, of course, use LaTeX to create different
page sizes, use different fonts, and so on.
On the other hand, you may like the PDF files I've provided,
and simply want to print them in an efficient way. The most
satisfactory approach in my view is to print the 5.5"x8.5" pages so
that 4 of them fit on a single letter-size sheet of paper -- two on the
front and two on the back. There are several approaches to
this. One correspondent, Rick Holbert, has informed me of a way
of doing this within LyX itself. Details on this aproach will be
presented shortly. You might want to take a look at Rick's website , if you are interested in binding
the books you print.
Another approach is to post-process the PDF, creating Postscript
the pages rearranged appropriately. Here's a way to do that,
the so-called PSUTILS programs available on most Linux systems:
# As an example, use the file jjclk10.pdf.
These steps produce a stack of paper which, if sliced down the middle
with a paper cutter, give you all of the pages in the correct
order. If you want to fold the paper instead of cutting it,
you'll need to produce smaller sized "signatures" in the psbook-step
above. This, sadly, must be left as an exercise for the reader.
# Convert PDF to Postscript
pdftops -paperw 396
-paperh 612 jjclk10.pdf
# Rearrange the pages into booklet form.
psbook -q jjclk10.ps temp1.ps
# Convert to 2-up
psnup -2 -pletter -W396 -H612 -q temp1.ps temp2.ps
# Sadly, there is currently a bug in PSUTILS so that
# the output file still thinks it's 5.5"x8.5". So,
# manually edit temp2.ps with a text editor, changing
# the line that reads
%%DocumentMedia: plain 396 612 0 () ()
%%DocumentMedia: plain 612 792 0 () ()
# Pull off the odd-numbered 2-up pages, in reverse order.
psselect -o -r temp2.ps frontsides.ps
# Pull off the even-numbered 2-up pages, in normal order.
psselect -e temp2.ps backsides.ps
# This step prints the fronts:
... put the pages just printed back in the paper tray ...
# This step prints the backs:
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