The Imposition Blog

May 2019 Update to InDesign Causes Registration Issue for IDImposer

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.

— 30 June 2019 Update —

Adobe just issued a patch to 14.0.2 for this bug. See: https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/Script-UI-dialog-issue.html

Note that the patch doesn’t change the InDesign version number. In particular, this is NOT a “14.0.3” update.

If you want to learn more about the issue, see this Adobe forum discussion: https://forums.adobe.com/message/11071586#11071586

F.C. Avis

So the latest IDImposer has a new set of ‘PageSequence’ files, for book publishing and larger press sheets.  Most of them are taken from an excellent book by one F.C. Avis, called “Printers’ Imposition”, published in 1953.  Here is a digital version of the out-of-print book:  PRINTERS’ IMPOSITION-F.C.Avis-1953.  The majority are WorkAndTurn schemes, up to an 8×4 layout.

The PageSequence files are just text files, so you can copy and edit your favorite schemes, if they’re not already done for you.

Avery etc Labels and 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.

  1. First, design one label or business card in InDesign.
  2. If you need bleed (which Avery calls “Print to Edge”), specify the bleed in InDesign’s Document Setup dialog.
  3. Then, click the “Apply Preset” button, choose one of the Avery presets, and click the “Impose” button.

Hints:

  • 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.