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Old 10-15-2004, 03:37 PM   #1
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Tiled printing of large images in Linux?

Hi everyone, I have been trying to find a way to print large images (larger than the paper in the printer) from Linux, with no success (I just get one blank page out of the printer). The images are usually either .pdf, .ps, or .dxf files, typically up to 40"x40" or so.

In other operating systems, there is usually a way to specify tiled printing, where the image is broken up into portions and printed on several sheets of paper, which can then be glued together to reassemble the full image.

Is there a way to do this within Linux? I currently use Slackware 10 at work and Gentoo Linux 2004.2 at home. I normally use the KDE desktop environment. My work printer is an ancient HP LaserJet 4+, at home I have a Samsung ML-1710 laser.

Old 11-03-2004, 03:32 PM   #2
Steve Cronje
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Re: Tiled printing of large images in Linux?

Originally posted by flieslikeabeagl
Hi everyone, I have been trying to find a way to print large images

Is there a way to do this within Linux?
Try the CLI utility called poster. Works like a charm, but a 2-step process, if you don't make a script yourself.

I recently used it to print a 2 x 4 matrix of letter-sized pages of the file

See man poster

poster -v -mLet -p2x4Let > outfile

Last edited by Steve Cronje; 11-03-2004 at 04:53 PM.
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