Using Preview for PDFs, what can I do to maximize the size of the text as they appear on printouts?
The Details: My PDF browser of choice is Preview
(4.0, the most recent version), which I use on my MacBook. I do have Adobe, but I would like to find a solution using Preview if at all possible.
The Motivation: In an effort to save paper and money, I am trying to print some PDF documents in the following way: two pages per side
, on both sides of the paper (the “both sides” issue was easy enough to figure out). Essentially, I want to maximize my use of the amount of space available per page.
The Dilemma: I am having difficulty, however, printing two pages side-by-side in a way that is actually readable without me having to strain my eyes.
What I am going for is this: look! totally legible!
(Please disregard the grey line down the middle. This is simply to illustrate how much of the page I would like the text to cover.)
...but what I inevitably get is this: what the hell? hand me that magnifying glass, would ya?
(That's a bit too much margin, even for me!)
Things I Have Tried which Have Not Solved My ProblemTM
• Cropping the pages (to reduce margin size) in Preview
• Increasing the default zoom to 125% in Preferences
• Using “Borderless” Printing (this just causes the text to spill off the page)
• Scaling the pages “to fit the page” in the printing command window
• Searching all available “help” documents pertaining to Preview (to no avail)
Are there any hidden tips that I am missing? Is there nothing I can do? If this is the case, is there a better software out there that is Mac OSX compatible, and that will allow me to print two PDF pages side-by-side in a size that is actually useful?
Help me, hivemind! I will be forever indebted to you, as my immediate research and future academic endeavors depend on it.
Note: I’m aware that there are a great many wonderful electronic PDF readers out there, many of which I lust after (I have seen this post), but I am not currently in the financial position to buy one, nor would one solve my problem as I need to have these materials portable and in my hands ASAP!