Two Parts On One Page – Finale 2012

Posted on | Tyler

Got statement sized parts (8.5 x 5.5) and want them in a PDF file, but want to have two of the same parts on one page? After doing some searching on the web, I found out a way to do exactly just that. I was really happy that I finally figured out how to do this, and am excited to be able to share with everyone else the way to do this. However, there is one thing that you will probably need in order to replicate what I have done.

With the work of Adobe Acrobat, and changing a setting for the Adobe PDF printer, you can print your Finale files to PDF as a 8.5 x 5.5 document. To achieve this, you must go into the Print Server Properties, and create a new form. The name of the form will be “Statement (8.5 x 5.5)”. There already is a Statement option, but when I tried to print from Finale, I couldn’t select that as an option. After setting the width to “8.5in” and the height to “5.5in”, click on OK.

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Once all that is done, you are now able to print to statement sized “paper” for the Adobe PDF printer, and your parts should now print as 8.5 x 5.5 documents. Also take note that statement by default is 5.5 x 8.5 in Finale, which would be the portrait version of the part. When creating your parts in Finale, make sure they are set to landscape. When printing, click on Setup, and it will take you to the window shown below where you can change the printer to Adobe PDF and from here you should now be able to select Statement as your page size. The orientation however will be portrait. Don’t worry, it will all look good in the end.

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Once you have printed your statement part, you can now actually combine the file together and have it show on two pages. What you do is in Adobe Acrobat, go File -> Combine Files and choose the part to combine. You’ll then add that same part a second time and have it be a second page. The same file will be listed twice in the window, and you can now click “Combine Files”.

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A new file called “Binder1.pdf” will now be created, and there will be two pages of the same part. The last thing now that you will have to do to make magic is to print it back to PDF by printing multiple pages per sheet, having a 1 by 2 layout. This way, the parts will be stacked up on top of eachother, which is the way we are aiming for it to be. When choosing a place to save, you may choose to overwrite the old statement sized part, or by saving it as a new PDF file. If you choose to overwrite the file, make sure that it is not open in Acrobat. Once you made sure that everything looks right, go ahead and click print!

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And from there you can print it normally onto letter sized paper and have others print it like normal! You also can do two different parts on one page as well. Just join the different PDF files into one the same way you would for the same two parts. Hopefully this helps everyone out there looking to print their two statement sized parts on one page to PDF.

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