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Cheap Impostor is a simple yet powerful alternative to fancy imposition software. If you want to use your computer to make a book or a magazine, the final step before printing is called imposition. Cheap Impostor doesn't offer all the features of high-end imposition software (which costs hundreds or thousands of dollars). Hence the name.

However, if you want to print and bind booklets, magazines, or even long books, this program might be all the imposition software you need.

What does it do? Let's say you want to make a magazine from a document you've written. You would like to have the magazine be the size of more...

What's New

Version 3.3:
  • Signed with Apple Developer Key; OS X 10.8 shouldn't complain
  • Sheets per signature, zoom, paper size, inside and top offsets now all saved with "Save Preferences"


OS X 10.6 or later

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LaurenceH7153 Member IconReview-1

I downloaded and tried using it. Download was quick and easy. There are three sliders that are supposed to center the document on the page, but two of them are greyed out, so I can't get the material centered to print it. Using OSX 10.6.8 Snow Leopard.

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Version 3.3
Mecodegoodsomeday (developer)

These sliders are enabled via registering, however the program is useful without needing them (the free version actually has more power than most booklet-making solutions).

DeborahM4501 Member IconReview-1

I can not get the software to work on my IMac. My operating system is OX Lion.

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Version 3.3
Mecodegoodsomeday (developer)

Developer here - I'm happy to answer questions, but you have to send me email. I have many users on Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks, so I have high hopes we can get your copy working.

DeborahM4501 Member IconComment-1

I can not get the software to work on my mac. My operating system is OX Lion. :(

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Version 3.3
Dingdongdaddy Member IconReview+34

Works flawlessly. The program inspired me to go and buy a duplexing printer, and wow--the freedom to easily make two-sided, folding booklets is great. I love to print out long PDFs this way. It's mentioned somewhere but worth emphasizing that the program lets you do signature--that is, consecutive booklets--that can be then bound together to form a full book. The instructions even include a nice simple tutorial on a basic binding system. I often will print out a long book this way (to many pages for a single, magazine-style booklet) and then just clip them together with a two big bulldog clips. It looks slick and professional while at the same time nerdy and crafty.

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Version 3.2.2
Hamishmacdonald Member IconReview+15

This program is the most visually friendly and non-confounding imposition application available for the Mac.

Please, Dylan, add N-up settings to Cheap Imposter, or even produce "Expensive Imposter", and if it's anything like this application, a grateful community would be happy to throw money at you.

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Version 3.2.2

Have you tried other impostors for Mac? There are lots of pro applications at various prices, N-up is a simple task for them.

David-Ross Member IconComment+1

I've used Cheap Imposter for years, and it works just as advertised. While it may not have all the bells and whistles of other programs, you can't beat the price and performance.

Prior to Cheap Imposter, I used Quite Imposing, a very good, but very expensive program with very expensive upgrades. I've never looked back.


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Version 3.2
tc Member IconReview+0

As I only have simple imposition requirements and CocoaBooklet chokes on complex layouts - gave this a try (v2.4) and it does exactly what it says it will do.

Auto duplex printing with my Canon iP3000 doesn't rotate pages as needed by this printer but manual duplex is fine.

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Version 2.4
Anonymous Member Icon

If "autoduplex isn't working" try experimenting with "binding edge" in either Cheap Impostor or in your print dialog. That should fix things.

Anonymous Member IconReview

Wow. Program works great. If you want simple imposition of pdf files, this is definitely worth a download.

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Version 2.1.2
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Downloads 18,296
Version Downloads 1,201
License Shareware
Date 17 Mar 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $35.00
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