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Dien Rice
February 21, 2008, 08:04 AM
I recently just got one of those combined printer/scanner/photocopier doohickeys (man it was cheap too, and it's fantastic)!

Anyway, I had been without a printer for a little while, so it's good to have a printer again... (It wasn't so critical since I was doing everything online, but I'm soon planning to do some offline stuff too, which could require making printouts!)

I'd also like to print out some articles and reports I've got. It's good to be able to print out multiple sheets to a page! Many word processor programs let you do that - but I discovered that Adobe Acrobat Reader won't let you!

I used to use FinePrint (which worked well) - but I don't have it installed on my new computer... (By the way, here's an old thread about FinePrint - http://www.sowpub.com/forum/showthread.php?p=12032 )

But... I found a new (and free) solution!

I read about it here... http://www.neilturner.me.uk/2004/May/19/printing_multiple_pages_per_sheet.html

Here's how it works.

You get a program called CutePDF Writer - you can download it for free from here - http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/Writer.asp

Make sure to also download and install the "Free Converter", which is also on that page. (CutePDF Writer needs it.)

CutePDF Writer appears as a "printer" on your computer... So when you print, you can select it as a "printer" to print to. Then, it will let you "print" to multiple sheets. It will actually create a PDF file - with the "multiple pages" on one sheet.

You can then print that new PDF file (which was created by CutePDF writer) to your regular printer - and it works!

Amazingly, you can even "convert" existing PDF files to multiple-page PDF files for printing... (Once you've printed the new PDF file, you can delete it.)

Anyway, I hope this helps you if you print out a lot, and like to save paper... :)



P.S. As a bonus, of course you can use it to create PDF files with too (which is it's "real" intended purpose)...! :)

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