Crop mark

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Crop mark drawing program for ODF and PDF documents

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Crop mark drawing Logo program for ODF and PDF documents


Usage in LibreOffice 4.0

1. Open cropmark.odt and set the requested page size

2. Click on the Start icon of the (View » Toolbars ») Logo toolbar

3. Insert the result (a single shape group) into the master page of your drawing, presentation, or into the header or the footer of your text document. If you don’t want to modify all page styles of a complex text document, you can add crop marks to a PDF document with different PDF tools, eg. pdftk.:

1. Export the first page with crop marks to a PDF file (your_cropmark.pdf)

2. Join it with your PDF document (your_document.pdf) in the command line:

pdftk your_document.pdf multistamp your_cropmark.pdf output result.pdf

NOTE: you can also set PDF cropping values with GhostScript for printing:

1. Create a plain text file with the right cropping values (eg. this is 5mm crop of A4):

[/CropBox [14.17 14.17 581.1 827.72] /PAGES pdfmark

2. Convert your_document.pdf using the previous file (pdfmark.txt):

gs -q -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=result.pdf $OPTIONS -c .setpdfwrite -f your_document.pdf pdfmark.txt

NOTE II: optional color conversion of RGB PDF output of LibreOffice with GhostScript:


gs -q -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sColorConversionStrategy=CMYK -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=result_cmyk.pdf -dProcessColorModel=/DeviceCMYK -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 your_document.pdf

# grayscale

gs -q -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sColorConversionStrategy=Gray -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=result_gray.pdf -dProcessColorModel=/DeviceGray -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 your_document.pdf

Release List

  • Release Description Compatibility Operating Systems License Release notes  
  • 1.2 Fix HEADING for LibreOffice 4.0.4/4.1 (back compatible) 4.0 BSD Download
  • 1.1 fixed precision and visibility 4.0 BSD

    – fix precision: don’t round lengths and distances in pt

    – fix visibility: white fillcolor of the larger circles instead of full transparency

  • 1.0 Initial release 4.0 BSD Download


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