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David Call
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I have a bunch of .png files of cards that I am trying to print out. Is there a free program that will let me put 9 on a page to print out?
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You can set up a 3x3 grid in Excel or Word. There are templates out there, but, IMHO it is easy enough that it is worth doing yourself.
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Gadi Oron
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A couple of options: nandeck ans squib
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Jake Staines
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dcall wrote:
I have a bunch of .png files of cards that I am trying to print out. Is there a free program that will let me put 9 on a page to print out?


You might try XnView. It's an image viewer with various minor editing features (crop, rotate, resize etc.) built in, but it opens images in tabs and has the ability to print all of your opened images at once. I don't use separate card images like this so I can't test how useful the sizes are, but if you go to the layout tab and tell it to print "thumbnails" in a 3x3 grid it looks like a potentially-viable card layout.
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regex wrote:
A couple of options: nandeck ans squib


Nandeck (www.nand.it/nandeck) and Squib (squib.rocks) each use a scripted interface. You type up a text file in a scripting language specific to the program. Then when you run the program it executes the script, loading the image files and arranging them as directed by the script. You get an output file in PDF, PNG or similar format, ready for printing. The scripted interface excels at appying a repetitve series of operations to each of a large collection of images with minimum repeated effort on the user's part.

If you prefer an interactive graphical interface, there is Scribus (www.scribus.net) which is a full blown desktop publishing application. When everything looks the way you like it, export it to a PDF document, an image file, or send it directly to your printer. The interactive graphical interface offers a more intuitive feel to users unaccustomed to thinking in terms of batches and algorithms, but at the cost of the user repeating similar efforts for each image. It excels when the images are few in number or when each image gets a different treatment.
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I tried NanDeck and it worked perfectly for what I needed. Once I learned the few commands I needed it was simple.
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Andrea Nand
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These two lines for nanDECK take all the .png in a folder (and subfolders) and print them in a page (the default is 6x9 cm, nine cards in a page):

[img]=dirfiles("C:\Users\Nand\Pictures",png)
image=1-{(img)},[img],0,0,100%,100%,0,P


Paste this script in the editor, change the folder (in red), click on "Validate deck", on "Build deck" and "Print deck", all done in a matter of seconds.

Website:

http://www.nand.it/nandeck

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nanDeck Users
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Obligatory Inkscape recommendation.

1) Work in real world units
2) Lots of layout/arrange options
3) Free (as in beer and as in speech)
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Terry Kirk
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For my PnP i used MS publisher with a mail merge.
1 page per card, then print multiple pages per A4 page.

Here is my example. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BwBrrTqohJ4peDREa1B3... (The HQ version)

If you would like any help drop me a message.
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Hedyn Brand
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Low-tech: HTML and CSS with real-world units instead of pixels.
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Olivier POYEN
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Obligatory BGM recommendation

https://boardgamegeek.com/article/21368877

1) Work in real world units
2) Lots of layout/arrange options
3) Free (as in beer and as in speech)
 
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Chris Laudermilk
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lukerazor wrote:
Obligatory Inkscape recommendation.

1) Work in real world units
2) Lots of layout/arrange options
3) Free (as in beer and as in speech)


Expanded with the obligatory Jake Staines template/method link: Card-making video tutorial
 
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