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indesign with imposition plugin

Jul 17, 2012 7:30 PM

I'd like to have imposition software for printing at home but cannot justify the expense. I have found a $40 plugin for indesign that I like the look of..

 

The only issue is it is time consuming to create an indesign document that is the same size as the "placed" PDF then import the pdf, the run the imposition plugin.

 

The kind of documents I am creating are DL flyers, vouchers, gift certificates etc. In fact its rare that I create a document that doesn't require imposition.

 

So my question is:

 

Is there a way to import a pdf into a default ID document then have it resize the document to the borders of the pdf?

 

Thanks..

 
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    Jul 18, 2012 5:47 AM   in reply to Lucas Martin

    Lucas Martin wrote:

     

    Is there a way to import a pdf into a default ID document then have it resize the document to the borders of the pdf?

    No, at least not automatically.

     

    But I think you are approaching this incorrectly. You don't necessarily need a plugin for ID. First, there is Print Booklet, already built in, that is the basic imposition mudule supplied withthe program. If you use a Mac with Snow Leopard or later you have to print to Postscript file and distill, though, as Apple killed the PDF virtual printer. (see InDesignSecrets » Blog Archive » Acrobat’s Adobe PDF Printer Replaced in Snow Leopard and read the commnets).

     

    Tere are also some basic imposition scripts for ID that are free or donationware. My favorites are by Dave Saunders and work well for two-up saddle-stitch with no creep: http://pdsassoc.com/downloads/Buildbooklet.zip and Dave's CS3 Booklet Script. The first makes a new file and shuffles the pages, but does not work with cross-spine objects. The second creates a new docment with spread-size pages and places the orignal pages into that, so it does handle cross-spine, but it is slower.

     
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    Jul 18, 2012 5:58 AM   in reply to Lucas Martin

    You can Place and InDesign file inside another.

     

    All I do is create a new document with the page size that I will be imposing on.

     

    I draw a grid with the rules, and then place the document. And step and repeat it where necessary.

     

    You'd have a few templates for the different things you do in no time.

     
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    Jul 18, 2012 6:11 AM   in reply to Eugene Tyson

    'Morning, Eugene. Nice to see you back.

     

    I think you and I have different interpretations of "imposition" here. I'd call what you are doing an N-up layout (and I do the same as you -- step and repeat most of the time, when that's the goal) which I suppose is a type of imposition, but I don't see a connection to resizing a document to fit the placed PDF.

     

    I think we need some clarification from Lucas.

     
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    Jul 18, 2012 6:26 AM   in reply to Peter Spier

    Morning? It's 14:24

     

    Timezones huh!

     

    Good afternoon, Peter. Thanks for the welcome back. Nice to see you're still around.

     
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    Jul 19, 2012 4:45 AM   in reply to Lucas Martin

    I actually don't know what you are actually working on - it's kinda hard to make a recommendation on imposition techniques without knowing the job at hand.

     
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    Jul 20, 2012 1:06 AM   in reply to Lucas Martin

    I see - there are a few free versions. Honestly though I think something like Quite Imposing (A plugin for Acrobat) would be better. It is $500 or thereabouts, but that's a one time expense and will severely clear up your time to run the shop.

     

    I have never used these before but I guess you could try it?

    Here's an online one http://www.imposeonline.com/faq.php

     

    This one seems cheap http://www.devalipi.com/purchase.html

     
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    Jul 22, 2012 4:51 AM   in reply to Lucas Martin

    Never heard of it before, but it looks interesting. It's not a plugin, however, but is clearly a script (which does not detract from the functionality). Why not try the 14 day demo and see if it works for you. I think we'd all like to know what you think.

     
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    Jul 28, 2012 2:23 AM   in reply to Peter Spier

    IDImposer, at $49.95, should do exactly what you want.  http://sterlingcomputing.com .  (15-day evaluation period)

     
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