The best free alternative to Block Posters is Rasterbator, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Block Posters and seven of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Block Posters are Lucidpress (Freemium), pdfposter (Free, Open Source), Posterizer (Free) and Posteriza (Free).
The Rasterbator creates huge, rasterized images from any picture. Upload an image, print the resulting multi-page half-toned pdf file and assemble the pages into extremely cool looking poster up to 20 meters in size.
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Rasterbator vs Block Posters opinions
Almost everyone thinks Rasterbator is a great alternative to Block Posters.
No watermark and paywall. More configuration options
This requires the installation of Python and pyPDF. Out of the gate, the script does not provide for image overlap, however there is a patch that does fix this. The patch requires replacing 5-6 lines in 3 files and adding 2-3 new ones, its very easy.
Posterizer's free online rasterbator allows you to create posters larger than a standard page, using the tiled printing method. It will rasterize any image and output files that can be printed at home and reassemble to the original image.
Use the Poster program to create a Poster from an EPS or PostScript file. This is the grand-daddy of all poster programs and still exists as a Linux package. It was written in by Jos van Eijndhoven in 1995. Pdfposter depends on it. it only works with ps and eps files.
This very simple script requires the installation of Python, Python imaging and ImageMagick. Its crying out for a web front end and maybe generalization Perl and PHP versions as well as a front end. Nevertheless I tested it out and it does work.