Printing Multiple Copies of a Single Page on a Sheet in OS X

This is something that was making me crazy : getting multiple copies of a page into a single sheet in OS X — think of small fliers or business cards. The problem was particularly annoying in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), where I hoped (in vain) to find an option to do it easily. The straightforward solution (asking on the system Print dialog for multiple pages per sheet, and then asking for multiple copies) doesn’t really work.

The answer is as simple as Columbus’ egg : convert the document to PDF, duplicate the pages manually, and then ask for multiple pages per sheet. It works like a charm !

Need more guidance ? You’re in luck, for I did a video tutorial (my very first — be forgiving) to show the process step by step :

I’m demonstrating the solution on Illustrator CS5, but it works for any page that can be rendered on a PDF, so not only for Illustrator or Photoshop, but also for Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, or Apple Pages and Keynote.

Edit 8/dec : there’s a simpler procedure than the one explained above. Once you open the PDF in Preview, don’t duplicate the pages, and choose the number of Copies per page on the Preview tab (not the Layout tab) on the Print system dialog. I would have completely overlooked this if it weren’t for a helpful YouTube commenter, who also suggests that you can avoid the intermediate PDF step in Microsoft Word by, for example, putting  “1, 1, 1, 1” in Page Range (Copies & Pages tab), and then selecting 4 Pages per Sheet (Layout tab).

Planning the Future of Technology for Education in Brazil

SAMSUNG has kindly invited me to their Workshop “Planning the Future of Technology for Education in Brazil”, next week, at the Joint SAMSUNG/UNICAMP Lab. Quoting them, “The event will discuss technological innovation to address pressing education issues. At SAMSUNG Research Institute Brazil, Advanced Technology Group, we are committed to exploring visions and technologies that will create a new reality for technology in education in Brazil. We aim to build up a research agenda that will influence the industrial, academic and solution developer communities.”

I currently coordinate, with my colleagues Prof. Alim Gonçalves and Prof. Renato Lopes, the EAE Group (Teaching and Learning Engineering) — a voluntary, informal and collegial group of professors who are trying to improve the teaching and learning experience of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at UNICAMP, especially for the undergraduates. You can find more about our activities in our Google Plus page and our YouTube Channel (both in Portuguese).

I am also researching, with Renato and our student Ms. Jomara Bindá, low-cost Personal Response Systems, aimed at classroom usage in disfavored communities, especially in rural schools, and those in poor urban neighborhoods.

My lab and I have a number of ongoing collaborative works with SAMSUNG, which is one of our main partners. I am very excited about the upcoming workshop.