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A simple command line tool to modify papers in PDF format. Can also create new articles from PDF(s).

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# HeHE-maker

For an (outdated) guide in Swedish, as created for Redaktionen at E-sektionen, see ``

HeHE-maker is now capable of writing its’ own articles! Check out the -aa flag for more information

HeHE-maker is a simple command line-tool to create a paper to be published in printed and/or web form. Simply create the pages you want, order them in an otherwise empty directory/folder (simply naming them 01.pdf, 02.pdf, 03.pdf etc. is enough) and let the script create printable versions, as well as web versions, for you! If more than one page happens to be in the same PDF-file, for example if an article has two pages in the same file, HeHE-maker will take care of this for you.

## Quickstart

This program is part if the Python Package Index (PyPi) and can easily be installed and run using pip. Start by installing Python 3.x from [here](, and run python -v (or, in some cases, python3 -v) in your console and make sure everything looks reasonable. Then run the following commands:

  • pip install hehe-maker


  • pip3 install hehe-maker

Done! You can now use HeHE-maker by typing hehemaker followed by arguments (according to “Running the program” below)!

To check for updates, run pip install –upgrade hehe-maker

## Running the program

Update: Since version 1.3.13, HeHE-maker now supports direct paths; All functions can now be called on filepaths

Simply use hehemaker -i “<path to input>” -o “<path to output>” and the script will create print.pdf and web.pdf at the specified path. The path can either be full, like C:\User...\example or relative, or be omitted for HeHE-maker to default to the current directory.

If you are on Windows and this fails, check to see if Python and Python/Scripts are in your PATH-variables (Swe: Miljövariabler).

## Further functions and flags

HeHE-maker can do much more to facilitate the publishing of a paper by using flags to set functions. These are written before the input and output paths. They are as follows:

  • This list not helpful enough? Use -h or –help!
  • To specify input and output path, use -i and -o (or –input and –output respectively). For example, running hehemaker -o “C:\Users\<some user>\Desktop” (note that quotes are optional) will assemble the pages in the current directory and output them to the desktop. These can be direct file paths, such as ~/somedir/example.pdf, but this will not work when using the –autoarticle or –get options or when using in normal mode (i.e. to create web and print-versions).
  • To suppress the requirement for the number of pages to fit nicely on the print format, use -f or –force. (This is only necessary when running in normal mode, i.e. not using other flags)
  • To get only specific pages of PDF(s) in a directory, use -g or –get and specify which pages you want.
  • To convert from a printed version to a web version, use -s or –split.
  • To remove one or more pages use -rm or –remove followed by the page number(s) to be removed. Example: To remove the first and last page of a 12 page file, use hehemaker -rm 1 12 -i <path to input> -o <path to output>
  • To insert pages into an existing file, use -ins or –insert followed by the path to the pages to be inserted, and -x (or –index) followed by where the pages should be inserted. Example: An article saved in “C:\Users\Hacke..\article” is to be inserted at page 3. Use hehemaker -ins C:\Users\Hacke..\article -x 3 -i <path to input>” -o <path to output>
  • HeHE-maker can generate .txt files of new articles using Markov chains. Simply use -aa or –autoarticle (and specify the number of sentances wanted, defaults to 40) and HeHE-maker will use the PDF files at the input directory to create a new article using computer magic and save it at the output directory. Note that this works best with a lot of samples! This can take a while (but still faster than writing the thing yourself! If I were you I would also go through the text and remove unforseen syntax errors (I am just a man and this script is just a burning pile of garbage). HeHE-maker can also extract files in the .txt format, and will create a .txt-file when done extracting from PDF(s). This way, -aa can be used on this text file instead in the future, speeding up the process!

### Further Examples

#### Using relative paths (Recommended)

HeHE-maker is capable of using relative paths to find the directory/folder of your input/output. As default (i.e. no input and/or output is passed), HeHE-maker will set the current directory/folder as both input and/or output. For example, if all pages to a paper is saved in a folder at ~/Documents/HeHE. If we position ourselves in that directory and run hehemaker, we will create print.pdf and web.pdf in that ~/Documents/HeHE.

#### Little Timmy

Little Timmy is a bit off his meds, and has not read the changelog. He can now use direct paths, for example `~./somedir/target.pdf` instead of making folders directly. This can have unforseen (or just boring) consequences together with making a paper, there you should continue to use directories

Little Timmy has an old printed version of a paper as a PDF file, old.pdf, but he wants to censor the article on pages 4-5 and replace it with a two-page ad. He saves old.pdf in an otherwise empty directory ~./somedir/ and saves his ad in the (otherwise empty) directory ~./ad/.

Timmy starts by creating a web version by switching directory to ~./somedir/ and running hehemaker -s. He then removes old.pdf; ~./somedir/ now only contains split.pdf.

He now deletes the unwanted article, in accordance with his local Supreme Leader’s wishes, by running hehemaker -rm 4 5. He then deletes all evidence by removing the old split.pdf.

He now inserts the ad (probably for his beloved Supreme Leader) by running hehemaker -ins ~./ad/ -x 4, and deletes the old removed.pdf.

Little Timmy now wants the whole paper in a printable format on his desktop, so he finally runs hehemaker -o C:\Users\TimmysMom\Desktop.

Good job Timmy!

## Why

Doing all this with large documents (12+ pages) becomes very tiresome.

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