The only really good free PS N-up utility I've heard about is the Angus Duggan's PSUtils (http://www.dcs.ed.ac.uk/home/ajcd/psutils
) but – unfortunately – it were written for UNIX. There is a downloadable precompiled version for WIN32, but it works fine only on NT4; on win9x the positioning on the resulting (virtual) page is OK, but the source pages will remain on separated pages. (E.g. source: 2 pages of A5 portrait, magnify 100%, rotation 0 degrees; destination: page A4 landscape; result: 2 (!) pages A4 landscape, first with destination page#1 left side, blank page on right side, second with blank page on left side, destination page#2 on right side. I don't now if PS drivers or the operation systems' differences cause this problem.
1. Why PSUtils works fine just on NT?
2. How can I fix it to work on win98?
3. If questions 1-2 have no solutions, I'm searching for another FREE n-up utility program (I have no possibility to pay for any software from my country).
1. Notice that I use ’soft postscript printing’ by HP LaserJet 6P PCL printer and Aladdin Ghostscript 5.50 via RedMon (http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost
2. Win98 postscript printer driver allows n-up printing, but:
a. I want original size of the source page to be preserved but pages will be shrink automatically to fit on destination page. It's a very difficult job to set the magnification for shrinking to be compensated (conflict on nonprintable area, etc.).
b. I have no control for page positioning, rotating, etc.
c. Win98 PS driver puts automatically a border around the pages. Adobe PS has an option for remove it, but I prefer Win98 PS driver; I've got serious problems for printing complex pages on original(!) Adobe 4.x PS driver.
d. The most serious problem: there are noticeable differences of quality by normal and n-up printing on same font sizes. Small size fonts look very bad on n-up, even the PS driver is set to download fonts as bitmaps.