I have a house plan in A3 format.
In this plan I have the ground floor and the floor.
I need to print this A3 in two A4 documents (one with the ground floor and on with the floor).
So, i need to cut this A3 in two A4 without breaking the scale of the plans.
I don't know if I am being clear...

So I d like to know if there is a linux software that could easily achieve that.

If anyone knows... Thanks


Surprisingly simple:

sudo apt install pdfposter
pdfposter -s1 a3-input.pdf a4-output.pdf

pdfposter defaults to output to A4 by default (see man pdfposter for other options). All we have to do is tell it not to scale (with -s1) and it'll figure things out for itself.

Note that you'll need a printer that can print right up to the edges.

  • it's telling me : pdfposter: error: The input-file is either currupt or no PDF at all. – user1260928 Nov 12 '15 at 10:01
  • Is the input file a PDF? If not, convert it to one. How you do that really depends on the type of document but most editors have a print to PDF function directly (or via the pdf printer). – Oli Nov 12 '15 at 10:10
  • I found a tool to repair the pdf, it worked. Thx for your help – user1260928 Nov 12 '15 at 10:11
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    I have an extra white page at the beginning of the splitted pdf. Any idea ? – Tarass Oct 1 '16 at 10:49
  • This command line assume the input is A3. For a generic input size generating multiple A4, here is the command : pdfposter any-input.pdf -p A3 a4-output.pdf – Tweepy Nov 25 '19 at 9:41

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