Download and Install

Download the latest version, IDImposer 2020.05.30

Download IDImposer.zip , then see the installation instructions below.


Installation Quick Start

If you have never installed a script into InDesign,

  1. Unzip IDImposer.zip (the file that you just downloaded):
    • On the Mac, double-click the .zip file.
    • On Windows, press and hold (or right-click) the folder, select Extract All.
  2. Follow these instructions to copy the unzipped files into the Scripts Panel folder. https://www.danrodney.com/scripts/directions-installingscripts.html. Or, on the Mac, run the installer that is in your unzipped IDImposer folder: indesign-script-installer-mac.command. (See ‘Method B’, below.)

That’s it. You don’t even have to restart InDesign.

Installation Details

If you get stuck, these Installation hints might help. Otherwise, please contact us (support@sterlingcomputing.com) and we’ll figure out how to get you unstuck.


Method A: Drag the IDImposerFolder

Download the IDImposer zip file using the link above. Then unzip it.

Drag the IDImposer11 folder (in the MoveIntoScriptsPanel folder) into the

C:/Users/YourWindowsUserName/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/InDesign/Version 14.0/en_US/Scripts/Scripts Panel/

folder on Windows, or into the

~/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign/Version 14.0/en_US/Scripts/Scripts Panel/

folder on a Mac.

Note: Where it says “Version 14.0”, above, is for InDesign CC 2019. If you are using a different version of InDesign, use the corresponding numeric version number:

  • “Version 15.0” is InDesign 2020
  • “Version 14.0” is InDesign CC 2019
  • “Version 13.0” is InDesign CC 2018
  • “Version 12.0” is InDesign CC 2017
  • “Version 11.0” is InDesign CC 2015
  • “Version 10.0” is InDesign CC 2014
  • “Version 9.0” is InDesign CC (2013)
  • “Version 8.0” is InDesign CS6
  • “Version 7.0” is InDesign CS5

Note 2:  Here’s a shortcut for opening the appropriate “Scripts Panel” installation target folder:

In InDesign, select “Scripts”, in the Window / Utilities list, to display InDesign’s “Scripts” panel. There are two top-level folders in the Scripts panel: “Application”, and “User”. Select “User” and then select the “Reveal in Finder” item in the ‘flyout’ menu of the Scripts panel (in the upper right corner of the panel.)

Method B: Run the Installer

If you are installing on a Mac, control-click the file “indesign-script-installer-mac.command“, in the MoveIntoScriptsPanel folder, choose “Open” from the context menu, and click ‘ok’ if you get an “unidentified developer” warning alert.

If you got an error message in the preceding step, you may need to change your System Preferences.  The necessary settings are in <Apple Menu> / System Preferences / Security & Privacy.  Click the lock icon, enter your password or your admin password, and then select the 2nd item under “Allow apps downloaded from”.  Click the lock again, and the IDImposer installer should work now.

The installer uses the Mac Terminal application, and leaves Terminal open at the conclusion of installation; you will probably want to quit Terminal once the installer has finished.

I’ll try to do a Windows version of an installer soon. (Beta version just released! But see the indesign-script-installer ReadMe.) Until I do, use Installation Method A (drag-the-IDImposer-folder into the Scripts Panel folder.)

To run IDImposer

Open the InDesign document that you want to impose. Then, double-click the IDImposer .jsxbin file, in the User folder in the InDesign ‘Window > Utilities > Scripts’ panel.

See First Project for a ‘Quick Start’.

Make Some Test Documents with ‘MakeTestDoc.jsx’

You will probably learn the capabilities of IDImposer more quickly if you initially experiment with test docs rather than actual production jobs.

Make a blank InDesign document, and run the MakeTestDoc.jsx script in the IDImposer RESOURCES/HelperScripts folder. MakeTestDoc will draw page numbers and page borders on the blank document. Then run IDImposer from the Scripts Panel, choose any of the Imposition Type ‘template’ settings, and click the Impose button to create a new imposed InDesign document.

  • See what happens when your test doc has only 1 page.
  • It doesn’t really matter whether your InDesign doc has ‘Facing Pages’ on or not. I usually prefer ‘not’.

To Purchase a License

Once you have installed and run IDImposer successfully on smaller jobs, and you’re satisfied that IDImposer can satisfy your needs, go here to purchase a License Key for IDImposer.

Links

For more help on installing scripts in InDesign, check these links:

Installing multiple versions of IDImposer

If you wish to keep multiple versions of IDImposer around and installed for a period of time, just rename the top-level IDImposer folder before you install a new version of IDImposer. 

If you installed IDImposer into the User folder of the Scripts panel, you would change the name of “IDImposer11.0Folder”.

To locate the appropriate folder, you can use the “Reveal in Finder” command, from the icon menu in the upper right corner of the Scripts panel.