Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am given a couple PDF files which are created using LaTeX in a landscape format. On my 24" monitor, I can comfortably read them full screen, but it is a pain to use when the windows is smaller, like on my Netbook.

Is there some way to split this PDF up into several landscape pages?

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Use Briss

It does a wonderful job at this even though it is not too user-friendly.

  • Download the archive and extract it somewhere.
  • Create a script file containing the following code in the same folder:

cd ~/path/to/briss

java -Xmx128m -D java.library.path=. -jar briss-0.9.jar

  • Browse to the folder where you created the script, right-click on the script, click properties, permissions tab, tick Allow executing file as program.

  • run the script by double-clicking it.

share|improve this answer
Works pretty well, just complains that it cannot display the produced PDF. The file is still there. – Martin Ueding Nov 28 '12 at 16:43
I never had this issue. MAybe it is a question of your default pdf viewer. – To Do Nov 28 '12 at 21:01
  1. pdftk burst: will convert the pdf file into number pdfs.
  2. imagemagick convert and crop: create tiff files of left and right side
  3. imagemagic convert *.tif outfile.pdf : creates a single outfile.pdf from all the tif files

This will be easy to do in a little shell script.

share|improve this answer
Converting the text to tiff and back will make the files huge and the quality inferior. – Martin Ueding May 19 '12 at 13:16

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.