The flora checklists of Bob Muns
— Technical information

File layout and printing instructions

Almost all of Bob's original flora-list booklets were printed on letter-size paper (8.5 x 11 inches), two pages to a sheet, and then folded over and stapled down the center (the fold line), so that a single page in the booklet is half size, or 5.5 x 8.5 inches.

The booklets on the download page are all PDF files, each booklet being downloadable in three different layouts. Here are descriptions of each layout, with diagrams at the bottom of the page:

1) Original sheet layout: This layout is that used when Bob printed his booklets. Each sheet/page in the file is letter-size (8.5 x 11 inches), with two booklet pages per printed sheet. The order is such that the resulting sheets, when printed double-sized, can be stacked together, then folded over to make one of Bob's half-sized booklets. (Note that this means the page numbering is usually not contiguous from one side of a sheet to the other, because of the manner in which the sheets must be stacked, folded, and stapled, which means this layout is unlikely to be useful to you unless you are reproducing the booklets in their original form.) For producing booklets in their original form, print the file on a printer that prints double-sided, using Adobe Acrobat (or Acrobat Reader) with these settings: Landscape orientation, Actual Size (not Fit or Shrink), Print on Both Sides of the Paper, Flip on Short Edge. It is essential that the printer reproduce the dimensions precisely, with no paper slippage. Also, some printers may not center the page correctly. Don't be too surprised If your printer does not reproduce the page correctly; for accurate reproduction of the booklets, you may need to find a different printer.

2) Simpler 2-pages per sheet: In this layout, the page numbering flows contiguously across and down the pages, which you may find ideal for your personal use (although not what Bob used.) This layout is arranged as letter-size sheets (8.5 x 11 inches) with two booklet pages on each sheet. The booklet pages are in continuous ascending order, usually with odd-numbered pages on the right, and it preserves double-spread center pages. This may be the simplest, most compact form for most people to print, but it assumes you work with letter-sized sheets; that is, if you fold the printed sheets in two, the booklet pages are no longer in the correct sequence.

3) Simpler 1-page per sheet: Here each printed page contains one page from the original booklet. It's formatted for printing on so-called Statement-size paper, i.e. 5.5 x 8.5 inches, or half size, which is the page size of the original booklet. It can, of course, be printed on letter-size paper (or any other size.)

A note about covers: The cover of Bob's booklets was always heavy, colored stock, printed on both sides. We scanned the booklets in color; therefore, because most printers have a non-printable border region, your downloaded booklet, when printed on white paper, will have a non-printed margin on the cover sheet, unless you use a borderless printer. To reproduce the booklet in the most faithful manner, the cover needs to be printed separately on heavy stock. using a borderless printer. Borderless printing is possible with some photo-quality printers.

Exceptions: A few of the early booklets have page numbering that begins on the inside cover or on a later page, rather than the first inside sheet, which means the “2-pages per sheet” layout may not have odd-numbered pages on the right hand side of a sheet. Examples are Point Mugu State Park and Charmlee Regional Park. Another type of exception is that at least one booklet, Monrovia Canyon Wilderness Park, was printed not on letter-size sheets, but directly on half-size sheets, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, and single-sided. Thus the download for the Original Sheet Layout in this case is the same as the Simpler 1-page Per Sheet layout.

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Diagrams of the three file layouts

These diagrams are for the Malibu Lagoon State Park booklet, which has a layout similar to most of the other booklets. This particular booklet was chosen for the example as it is small (a cover sheet plus 2 inner double-sided sheets, i.e. covers plus 8 inner pages). In the diagrams:
c1 = front cover, c2 = inside front cover, c3 = inside back cover, c4 = outside back cover
p1-p8 = the inner pages, as numbered in the original booklet
The following diagrams show the layouts of individual sheets, for each of the three layout schemes:

1. Original sheet layout
- original booklet structure
- 8.5 x 11-inch sheets
- 2 pages per sheet
- 6 sheets total
- print as 3 double-sided
- fold to half-size
- staple along center fold
- trim outer edges

2. Simpler 2-pages per sheet
- for easy printing/reading
- 8.5 x 11-inch sheets
- 2 pages per sheet
- 6 sheets total
- optionally print double-sided

3. Simpler 1-page per sheet
- for easy printing/reading
- 5.5 x 8.5-inch sheets (half size)
- 1 page per sheet
- 12 sheets total
- optionally print double-sided
- paper can be any size

Type 1 Type 2 tyPE 3

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About scanning of the booklets

Searchable files: Note that the scanned PDF files are searchable, i.e. when displaying the files using Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can search on the content of the document. One must caution that the optical character recognition (OCR) used by the scanning software is not perfect, especially as it is scanning handwritten script, but many of the words in the booklets have been demonstrated to be successfully searchable.

Scanning: Scanning of the booklets was done using an Epson V600 scanner at 300 dots per inch, in 24-bit color, PDF high compression. For scanning, the staples were removed from the spines of the booklets so that the full 8.5 x 11-inch page could be scanned, producing sheets with the same layout as Bob's originals. We also scanned the 5.5 x 8.5-inches of each individual page. Because the original booklets were folded from sheets all the same size, the outer long edge was cut to be even. The result is that all the sheets from an original booklet, except for the cover sheet, are a little less than 11 inches long, and even some cover sheets are less than 11 inches. Also, the height of many booklets is slightly less than 8.5 inches although the reason is unknown. Nevertheless, as a matter of practicality, all sheets were scanned at a size of 8.5 x 11 inches and 8.5 x 5.5 inches, with the page positioned approximately evenly within the scanning frame.

Because most of the folded sheets were less than 11 inches long (one was measured at just 10.8 inches), scanning at 8.5 x 11 inches results in grey streaks down the left and right sides of the scanned images, i.e. either side of the paper. These can be removed if the outside edge of a newly folded booklet is trimmed with shears.

Exception: The booklet for Monrovia Canyon Wilderness Park was scanned earlier than the other booklets using a Canon 5000F scanner, and the files are not searchable. Also, this booklet was printed directly on to 5.5 x 8.5-inch paper, and so was scanned at that size. The sheets of the original were simply stapled at the top, and were not folded over.

Edges: In a few instances, the circles containing the page numbers extend beyond the edge of the paper; that is because they were that way in the original booklet we scanned.

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