I often like to print out many web pages to read on the train. To not waste paper I like to print them 2 up and double sided. If the printer supports it, I also like to staple the pages. On Linux, I use Firefox to print to postscript, then used a2ps to have the PS files combined, 2-uped, and short-side duplexed. I’d then manually staple it, as there was no good way to tell the print center at work to staple it. I’d use a command line similar to this:
a2ps -Eps -Afill -stumble 1.ps 2.ps 3.ps 4.ps
I tried this approach under OS X, but the problem is that the postscript that is generated on OS X is so detailed that it takes forever to process to print out, on the order of 2 minutes of processing per article. Since PDF is the spooling format for printing in OS X (coming soon to linux) I thought I’d look to see if there was an easy way to concatinate PDF files so I could then have the regular printing interface (via Preview) handle the 2-up, double-sided, stapling goodness.
texexec --pdf --paper=letter --pdfarrange --result all.pdf 1.pdf 2.pdf 3.pdf 4.pdf
It runs really quickly (especially in comparison to the a2ps method) and then I just
open all.pdf and print from there. It requires that you have teTeX installed. On both Linux and OS X I had this installed as part of the prerequesets for docbook and doxygen.