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Cheap Impostor
Cheap Impostor
3.3
4.6
0.0
Cheap Impostor free download for Mac

Cheap Impostor for Mac3.3

17 March 2013

Create books and booklets from PDF files.

What is Cheap Impostor for Mac

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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mbennettty
mbennettty
Feb 3 2016
3.3
0.0
Feb 3 2016
0.0
Version: 3.3
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.
DavidLPorter
DavidLPorter
Jan 14 2016
3.3
0.0
Jan 14 2016
0.0
Version: 3.3
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.
Anguka
Anguka
Nov 7 2015
3.3
4.5
Nov 7 2015
4.5
Version: 3.3
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
xfpine
xfpine
Jun 12 2015
3.3
4.0
Jun 12 2015
4.0
Version: 3.3
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.
ameram1
ameram1
May 10 2015
3.3
5.0
May 10 2015
5.0
Version: 3.3
Excellent little program - does all it says and comes with amazing personal support from its creator. Look no further.
LaurenceH7153
LaurenceH7153
Oct 25 2013
3.3
0.0
Oct 25 2013
0.0
Version: 3.3
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.
DeborahM4501
DeborahM4501
Sep 26 2013
3.3
0.0
Sep 26 2013
0.0
Version: 3.3
I can not get the software to work on my IMac. My operating system is OX Lion.
DeborahM4501
DeborahM4501
Sep 26 2013
3.3
0.0
Sep 26 2013
0.0
Version: 3.3
I can not get the software to work on my mac. My operating system is OX Lion. :(
Robpaterson
Robpaterson
Oct 31 2010
3.2.2
0.0
Oct 31 2010
0.0
Version: 3.2.2
As this is a tip/hint, I won't go into details others already covered, but if you want to print 8.5 X 11 pages on a duplex printer (that prints 11X17 tabloid size), make sure to select the magazine setting. I'm not sure why Acrobat seems to not work on my machine when I try to use the booklet feature to do this, but this program makes everything work flawlessly. I am so grateful.
Dingdongdaddy
Dingdongdaddy
Sep 19 2010
3.2.2
5.0
Sep 19 2010
5.0
Version: 3.2.2
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.
Hamishmacdonald
Hamishmacdonald
Feb 10 2010
3.2.2
5.0
Feb 10 2010
5.0
Version: 3.2.2
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.
Arthur-Battram
Arthur-Battram
Nov 25 2009
3.2.1
0.0
Nov 25 2009
0.0
Version: 3.2.1
i discovered that the latest version doesn't work under 10.4.11 (on my PPC machine) so I emailed the developer, and to my surprise and delight he responded within hours with a link on the webpage to the last version for 10.4 - it's down on the bottom right http://www.cheapimpostor.com/
David-Ross
David-Ross
Jun 19 2009
3.2
0.0
Jun 19 2009
0.0
Version: 3.2
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. David
Virgoss
Virgoss
Apr 8 2008
3.1
0.0
Apr 8 2008
0.0
Version: 3.1
There is also a free online service for making PDF booklets.
Guest
Guest
Nov 24 2005
2.4
0.0
Nov 24 2005
0.0
Version: 2.4
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.
Guest
Guest
Jun 4 2004
2.1.2
4.8
Jun 4 2004
4.8
Version: 2.1.2
Wow. Program works great. If you want simple imposition of pdf files, this is definitely worth a download.
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4.6
0.0
App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later

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