Cheap Impostor
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Create books and booklets from PDF files.   Shareware ($35.00)
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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.
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"
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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LaurenceH7153 reviewed on 25 Oct 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.
[Version 3.3]

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Mecodegoodsomeday (developer) replied on 09 Jan 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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DeborahM4501 reviewed on 26 Sep 2013
I can not get the software to work on my IMac. My operating system is OX Lion.
[Version 3.3]

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Mecodegoodsomeday (developer) replied on 08 Jan 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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Robpaterson tipped on 31 Oct 2010
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.
[Version 3.2.2]


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Dingdongdaddy reviewed on 19 Sep 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.
[Version 3.2.2]


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Hamishmacdonald reviewed on 10 Feb 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.
[Version 3.2.2]

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Gobra replied on 02 Jul 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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Arthur Battram tipped on 25 Nov 2009
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/
[Version 3.2.1]


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David Ross commented on 19 Jun 2009
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
[Version 3.2]


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Virgoss tipped on 08 Apr 2008
There is also a free online service for making PDF booklets.
[Version 3.1]

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Mecodegoodsomeday (developer) replied on 22 Apr 2008
Thanks for pointing out this free resource!

What Cheap Impostor gives you that this service doesn't is control over the imposition process - offsets, zoom, creep, etc.
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Anonymous reviewed on 03 Jun 2004
Wow. Program works great. If you want simple imposition of pdf files, this is definitely worth a download.
[Version 2.1.2]


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DeborahM4501 had trouble on 26 Sep 2013
I can not get the software to work on my mac. My operating system is OX Lion. :(
[Version 3.3]


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Downloads:18,151
Version Downloads:1,056
Type:Graphics and Design : Desktop Publishing
License:Shareware
Date:17 Mar 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $35.00
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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 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


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