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CommandPDF... powerful and efficient imposition tools. The CommandPDF package contains a set of three applications aimed at simplifying and speeding up your PDF impositioning workflow:
  • CommandPDF: a command line application that imposes PDF documents according to rules defined in an imposition template document.
  • CommandPDFd: a command line daemon application can automate the impositioning workflow.
  • CommandPDF Template Editor: a GUI application that facilitates the design of imposition layouts.
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CommandPDF was created because some power users need a versatile, powerful, automatable and more...


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With Commandpdf I was able to impose about 7000 pages total of a over 430 page catalogs in 16 languages in less than 20 minutes all (each file being about 750 megabytes (so over 12 Gigs) with a simple commandline script that I made and a template I made with the supplied template viewer. With Quite Imposing plus which I also have this would have taken me the entire day.) Also a pdf file that takes me usually about 1 minute and a few seconds to impose using quiteimposing Plus 2 - it takes me about 5-7 seconds using commandlinepdf. So if you have volume of pdfs to impose I would suggest using commandpdf. I also have pdfsnake the non-hot folder version so have used a bunch of pgms. Also the price beats quite hot imposing price which is about $3000 and pdfsnake with hotfolder option which is about $470. So if your budget is smaller and you know how to applescript I suggest you get this.

The other function which I like about it is that you can preview how a file is getting imposed live as opposed to you having to set it up and then see how your result will look like. For very art intensive and large files however there is also a function where you can turn off live preview and only make it refresh on demand. That way for larger files you don't have to wait for it to refresh each time but can set it up properly.

The only main draw back I have encountered so far is that the pgm is based on apple's Quarts tools and that itself does not support live transparency well at least when I tested it. So as long as you are dealing with x1a pdfs that are flat you are fine. If you want to impose x4 pdfs that have soft drop shadows - watch out. It will mess up your file just like Quick view does when previewing a pdf when you hit space bar. Hopefully this will be fixed in a future version of apple's OS.

In terms of ease of use - I voted a 2 as one has to be able to applescript or use some other method of command line scripting otherwise you don't get the benefit of batch handling pdfs.

One thing I like best is that whenever I encountered something that I did not know how to do quite rapidly I e-mailed the maker and got a response in 24-48 hours with help, suggestions or a sample template of how something can be done. Also he mentioned he will add a batch function to the template maker application in a future edition. When that is added I would review ease of use again.

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There is one thing that I forgot to mention. Which is that you also have the ability to make hot folders via command line. I.e. you attach a template to a folder and then any pdf dropped in will be imposed and copied to the out folder you assigned. You have the option to delete or retain the original file as well as multi-threading is built in. You can turn logging on or off. And you can also fully utilize your processors. I.e. on my machine I have 16 virtual cores (8 real ones) and when I impose two hundred booklets for example my computer uses all 16 of them until now longer needed and thereby speeding up the task. So if you have a multiple cores this will speed you up!

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Downloads 652
Version Downloads 652
License Demo
Date 30 Nov 2010
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $199.99
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