Please check out the new gallery of IDImposer sample output. It should be a big help in choosing the most appropriate Imposition Type layout for your project.
InDesign 14.0.3 is now live and publicly available!
InDesign 184.108.40.2063 update has gone live (August 2019) and is available publicly. If you’re running InDesign 14 (CC 2019), please update to this version or newer.
The complete list of issues fixed in this release can be found at: https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/fixed-issues.html
The 14.0.3 update fixes the problem introduced by the previous InDesign update, 14.0.2, where bringing up IDImposer’s “Registration” or “About” dialog caused Mac InDesign to become ‘unresponsive’. See the previous post .
This problem with 14.0.2 release affected only InDesign for the Mac, but 14.0.3 also fixes many other InDesign issues, on both Mac and Windows.
And as long as you’re updating your InDesign, why not update your IDImposer, too?
Update: InDesign 14.0.3 released
InDesign 14.0.3 or newer fixes this problem (and many others). 30 August 2019.
There is an acknowledged bug in the latest (as of May 2019) update to Mac InDesign CC, 14.0.2. You are most likely to run into it if you are trying to register your License Key, using the Register button in IDImposer. The registration dialog will display, but then both IDImposer and InDesign will lock up when you attempt to dismiss the Registration dialog, requiring you kill InDesign (Command-Option-Esc).
This bug affects many scripts, not just IDImposer, and there is, unfortunately, nothing that I can do to IDImposer to work around the problem.
The only known solution is to back out of the 14.0.2 update, and run 14.0.1, or earlier release of InDesign CC, or InDesign CS6. Hopefully a newer release of InDesign will also include a fix for the problem.
If you want to learn more about the issue, see this Adobe forum discussion: https://forums.adobe.com/message/11071586#11071586
Sheet of Business Cards
Do you ever need to print on Avery pre-perforated blank sheets of labels or business cards?
InDesign + IDImposer makes it quick and easy to get perfect results every time.
- First, design one label or business card in InDesign.
- If you need bleed (which Avery calls “Print to Edge”), specify the bleed in InDesign’s Document Setup dialog.
- Then, click the “Apply Preset” button, choose one of the Avery presets, and click the “Impose” button.
- The IDImposer Avery preset library can be installed anywhere on your machine, or on a fileserver.
- To ensure accurate alignment, be sure to choose or create a “no margins” version of your paper size. Otherwise the sometimes-asymmetrical “Printable Area” of the paper choice can cause misalignment.
- Do a test print on normal printer paper before you print on the Avery blank sheet. Make sure the alignment is what you are expecting.
- If you need a layout that is not in these libraries yet, just make your own. You will probably have to get out your ruler and do your own measurements of the sheet margins, single-label size, and spacing; or, you can download the Illustrator or InDesign ‘template’ from an Avery web site and read off the numbers from the information bar.
- The U.S. Avery library is all on Letter sized sheets in portrait orientation; the metric (‘MM’) library is all on A4 sized sheets, also in portrait orientation. But IDImposer knows how to turn a portrait-sheet preset into a landscape-sheet preset, so you have all of the landscape-sheet orientations as well. This makes it very easy to lay out 4- or 5-column, 2-row sheets of vertical business cards, for example.
Suppose you are producing a 24-page Saddle Stitch Booklet, in 6 Sheets. (Each Sheet contains 4 Pages — 2 on the front side, and 2 on the back side.)
- Stack 6 blank sheets of the paper stock that you will be using.
- Measure the thickness of the stack.
- In IDImposer, typically you will want to specify the Outer Creep as the stack thickness, with an Inner Creep of 0.
(Alternatively, you can have the Outer Creep be half of the stack thickness, and the Inner Creep also be half of the thickness, but negative.)
- Click the ‘Impose’ button.
- Now look at the output doc. Note that the text and other contents of the ‘outer’ sheet (Page 24 / Page 1) have been shifted away from the fold, by approximately the amount of the specified Outer Creep. But the contents of the ‘inner’ sheet (Page 14 / Page 11) will not be shifted at all.
- Print, fold, staple.
Note that, with thick saddle stitched booklets, you must take care not to have contents very close to the outer edges of the outer sheets, or some of the contents may be clipped or nearly-clipped.
If you like formulas:
shiftAmountForThisSheet = outerCreep – (sheetIndex * (outerCreep – innerCreep) / (numberOfSheets – 1))
where sheetIndex is zero-based.
You like IDImposer, but sometimes you are given a PDF file instead of an InDesign Document to impose?
No problem. In your IDImposer > RESOURCES > HelperScripts folder is a fast and reliable script that can Place the pages of your PDF file into a new InDesign Document, automatically making your Document have the correct page size, and even handling Bleeds if present. Just click on PDFMultiPlace.jsx.