While making a small wallet-sized calendar for Native Orchid Conservation Inc, I wrote these bash scripts to do the scaling of images, producing the calendar pages with pcal, and putting it all together into a postscript file for 8-up booklet-style printing:
|mk-calendar-8up-wallet-sized||- creates the calendar in both Postscript & PDF|
|mk-calendar-covers||- an example for the part that needs customization|
|defscover.txt||- postscript code needed by my sample mk-calendar-covers|
You need to supply the photos, one per month, and mk-calendar-8up-wallet-sized does everything else. Your photos should have an aspect-ratio of approximately 1.5.
By default the script produces pages suitable for the usual kind of duplex-printing, where pages are flipped on the long axis. Specifying the --norotback option will produce a result that is nicer for viewing and is suitable for printing with end-over-end (short-axis) duplexing. If you need to do the duplexing manually, just ensure that the backsides are upside-down.
Cutting, folding, stapling:
After duplex-printing onto 2 sheets of paper, with the frontsides (pg1 and pg3) face up, quarter the sheets, stack the quarters in chronological order, staple at the fold-line, then fold it, and your pocket-calendar is finished, except for a bit of trimming. You should be aware that the calendar-month small-pages have some white margin, the photos have none.
PS: Some people think the back-cover is upside-down, but I suspect it depends on your point-of-view:-)
Send your questions, suggestions, bug-reports to firstname.lastname@example.org.