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Helper script to merge two one-sided scan PDFs of a two-sided document into a single PDF, where the odd pages are in order but the even pages are reversed.
# Helper script to properly merge two one-sided scans of a PDF,
# where the odd-numbered pages are scanned in order but the
# even-numbered pages are scanned in reverse order.
# Requires PyPDF2 ('pip install PyPDF2')
# Input PDFs should be named the same thing, with _odd and _even as
# suffixes to the filename (e.g., doc_odd.pdf and doc_even.pdf).
# Pass the base filename into the script,
# WITHOUT the .pdf extension (e.g., 'python doc').
import itertools as itt
import sys
import PyPDF2 as PDF
def main():
fbase = sys.argv[1]
pdf_out = PDF.PdfFileWriter()
with open(fbase + "_odd.pdf", 'rb') as f_odd:
with open(fbase + "_even.pdf", 'rb') as f_even:
pdf_odd = PDF.PdfFileReader(f_odd)
pdf_even = PDF.PdfFileReader(f_even)
for p in itt.chain.from_iterable(
if p:
with open(fbase + ".pdf", 'wb') as f_out:
return 0
if __name__ == "__main__":
if len(sys.argv) != 2:
print("Wrong number of arguments!")
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