Cheap Impostor
Cheap Impostor
3.3

4.7

Cheap Impostor free download for Mac

Cheap Impostor

3.3
17 March 2013

Create books and booklets from PDF files.

Overview

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 a sheet of paper folded in half. Without imposition software the simplest way to transform your document into a magazine would be to use a photo-copier to shrink and re-order the pages so two fit sideways on a sheet of paper, and so that when a stack of them is stapled and folded in half the pages appear in the correct order.

The short story is that Cheap Impostor lets you skip the photocopier step, and produce output from your printer that can directly be turned into a magazine. Further, Cheap Impostor has settings that let you create books with multiple signatures. It comes with a simple "How-to guide".

Feature overview:

  • Takes 1-up PDF input and produces 2-up output PDF
  • Reorders pages for magazines and books (sheets per signature can be varied from 1 to page-count / 4
  • Supports automatic and manual duplex printers, with and without collation
  • With shareware registration, supports:
    • Variable output page sizes: letter, legal, ledger, A3, A4, custom
    • Control over page zoom and horizontal and vertical offset of 2-up - accommodates variable input page sizes

What's new in Cheap Impostor

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"

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13 Cheap Impostor Reviews

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Dingdongdaddy
19 September 2010

Most helpful

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
mbennettty
03 February 2016
Mecodegoodsomeday (Developer) Member Icon Dev +86 Mecodegoodsomeday (Developer) I need help with this app. I can't quite figure out how to enable the sliders.
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Version 3.3
1 answer(s)
Dylan-Mc
Dylan-Mc
17 March 2016
The program runs, produces booklets and/or books, and the "Top offset" slider is enabled off the bat. If you want to enable the other sliders, that's what the registration fee unlocks.
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DavidLPorter
14 January 2016
I tried downloading it and followed instructions to drag app to my Applications folder. I clicked on the app and it doesn't open. I have looked in all desktops, etc but can't find an open program but when i try to move the app to trash it says I can't because the app is open. I look in forced quit and the app shows up in the list as available to force quite. i am on El Cap Mac pro w/8 gig and downloaded 3.3 as instructed. Any suggestions? D.
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Version 3.3
1 answer(s)
Dylan-Mc
Dylan-Mc
17 March 2016
Just launching the app doesn't open a window - you should either use the File menu's Open File item, or just drag a PDF onto the Cheap Impostor icon.
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Anguka
07 November 2015
As a very long term user I am extremely pleased with this excellent and reliable application, and do not understand the low ratings. It does everything it claims very well, and I am rating it 4.5 stars, but will hopefully (soon) be able to upgrade to 5 stars the the one minor problem is fixed; it needs a lateral adjustment in the final layout (or separate adjustments for RH and LH Inside offsets, to compensate for slight variations in printer page settings. With that (and a responsive creator) it will be a most comprehensive and easy to use app. v.3.3
Like (1)
Version 3.3
1 answer(s)
DavidLPorter
DavidLPorter
14 January 2016
I tried downloading it and followed instructions to drag app to my Applications folder. I click on the app and it doesn't open. I have looked in all desktop etc but can't find an open program but when i try to move the app to trash it says I can't because the app is open. I look in forced quit and the app is show up in the list as available to force quite.
i am on El Cap Mac pro w/8 gig and downloaded 3.3 as instructed.
Any suggestions?
D.
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xfpine
12 June 2015
I like how simple this program is consider how confusing imposing can get. It works really really well with open source Scribus and a duplex printer.
Like (1)
Version 3.3
ameram1
10 May 2015
Excellent little program - does all it says and comes with amazing personal support from its creator. Look no further.
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Version 3.3
LaurenceH7153
25 October 2013
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
2 answer(s)
Dylan-Mc
Dylan-Mc
09 January 2014
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).
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Dylan-Mc
Dylan-Mc
23 September 2015
Neither this user, nor "DeborahM4501" has reached out in response to my offer to help. Their one-star reviews are the only negative reviews of Cheap Impostor. Oddly both accounts seem to have been created (one month apart) solely to give Cheap Impostor a bad review. Draw your own conclusions, but I don't think this is fair.
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DeborahM4501
26 September 2013
I can not get the software to work on my IMac. My operating system is OX Lion.
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Version 3.3
1 answer(s)
Dylan-Mc
Dylan-Mc
09 January 2014
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.
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DeborahM4501
26 September 2013
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
19 September 2010
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.
Like (2)
Version 3.2.2
Hamishmacdonald
10 February 2010
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
1 answer(s)
Gobra
Gobra
02 July 2010
Have you tried other impostors for Mac? There are lots of pro applications at various prices, N-up is a simple task for them.
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Version 3.2.2