Imposition Wizard
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Create books, booklets and brochures.   Shareware ($300.00)
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Imposition Wizard is imposition software for Mac OS X. It reads PDF files, applies transformations to pages and saves the results to another PDF file. You can create booklets and books, prepare business cards for print and much, much more. All the power is packed into a simple user interface that allows you to see your changes in real-time. Imposition Wizard doesn't require the third party applications like Acrobat or InDesign.

Imposition Wizard supports all the main imposition schemes: Booklet, N-Up, Step and Repeat and Cut Stack. It allows you to shuffle pages of the
What's New
Version 1.9:
  • Optional reading bleeds from PDF files.
  • Overlapping bleeds issue fixed.
  • Improved support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
  • Imposition Wizard now lives at PressNoStress.com.
Requirements
Intel, 64-bit processor, Mac OS X 10.6 or later



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Imposition Wizard User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Fariborz reviewed on 04 Feb 2011
I bought this fabulous application a few months ago. I had the necessity to print a booklet with a right-to-left script that unfortunately Imposition Wizard could not handle then. I contacted the developer and in a short time a new version (1.8.2) was released that handled right-to-left texts and booklets properly. I always received quick response to all my demands and the developer gave me with the best customer support in the industry. Thank you for being so wonderful. Fariborz AMIRSHAHI - Verona (Italy)
[Version 1.8.2]


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ASAP-Signs-and-Printing reviewed on 13 Dec 2010
Excellent application. Very responsive company.

I sent in my requests and they followed through except for one. Here are the ones I requested...

1. Percentage size that sticks. Every time you opened a PDF, it would go to 40% and now it always starts at 100%.
2. Imposition always started with a weird sheet size. I've asked them if they could give us a default option and they implemented it. Now it imposes automatically at 12 x 18 inches (which is what I set it at). Hooray!
3. Updates, before you had to go to the website to see if there are any updates to the app. They've implemented the update mechanism within the app.

I requested that they make it so that when you drop a PDF onto the icon, it would automatically open up the IW and impose. I don't know if it's too difficult but dang that would be a great little productivity booster.
[Version 1.8]

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Appsforlife (developer) replied on 02 Feb 2011
Now you can drop PDF files onto the icon :)
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This-person-died-in-2011 commented on 20 May 2010
OK folks, I humbly stand corrected on this one. As one commenter put it, I should have researched more and mouthed off less.

My own use of something like this is limited to creating booklet-sized brochures, nothing more. It's obvious that IW does so much more and then some at a decent price.

However, if you're looking for something to help with booklets, try BookLightning or FitPlot Booklet maker.

My apologies to all for my earlier comment.
[Version 1.6]


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sgmoye reviewed on 19 Jun 2009
This is a really wonderful, powerful piece of software, at a mere fraction of the cost of similar applications. Within minutes of using the demo (fully functional with a watermark), I had created a press-ready 16-page imposed signature. I cannot say the same for my experience with Preps, for example. To be fair, I have experience with the process of imposing files, so I found IW very easy to use. If you are new to imposition, you will want to read up on it first. There are some pointers to information at http://desktoppub.about.com/od/imposition/Imposition.htm. The article in Wikipedia on "imposition" is rudimentary and cites no sources, alas.

A further plus is that it read and writes PDFs. So far, I have not found PDFs that are a problem for the program. Another plus is that IW writes its own files -- XML files -- that contain all the information about a given imposition. Using the power of "Save" and "Save As..." it it possible to recycle the application files for new imposition projects. The program can also be controlled with AppleScript!

There is room for improvement, but IW is currently only at version 1.2 (June 18, 2009) and will certainly become even more formidable in the future. It is very easy to use, not least because you see instantaneously a preview of the entire imposition. Every change you make in the imposition is shown instantly in the preview. The developer seems genuinely interested in getting feedback from users.

First rate, and highly recommended. Money very well spent.
[Version 1.2]

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This-person-died-in-2011 replied on 10 Oct 2009
"This is a really wonderful, powerful piece of software, at a mere fraction of the cost of similar applications."

Holy cow - how can you say that with a straight face?

I'm glad you have deep pockets to buy something that is ten times as expensive as Cheap Imposter and PDF Garden, apps that do the same thing at a mere fraction of the cost of a so-called "Wizard," which sounds like something a PC developer would call his program.

and adding insult to injury: Labeling a $300 program as "shareware" is the height of deception! I've seen packages that were labeled "Commercial" that ran far cheaper than this bit of smoke and mirrors.

"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"
-The Wizard of Oz
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Gobra replied on 10 Oct 2009
Tod, it's really strange to compare "Imposition Wizard" with "Cheap Impostor". You don't compare Photoshop with Gimp and Maya with Blender, do you? There are few application if this kind: professional imposition softwares such as PDFSnake, Quite Impostor and others. Some of them are plug-ins for popular "big" apps like Acrobat or Quark and most of them priced much higher... Good package from Quite costs somewhere about 1500$.

So, this app is targeted on home user who wants to print simple booklet as a homework...
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Gobra replied on 10 Oct 2009
In my previous post "So, this app is targeted on home user who wants to print simple booklet as a homework..." i've missed NOT. "Imposition Wizard" is NOT designed for home users as far as i see.
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Sgmoye replied on 10 Oct 2009
Tod Wicks -- You should really check your facts before you rush to express yourself in public. Cheap Imposter (which I have also used -- it is an fine program) is limited to 2-up, booklet imposition. It is in no way to be compared to Imposition Wizard which can create a wide variety of complex, perfected, impositions for press work. Yes, IW costs $300. Similar programs, such as Preps from Kodak, costs about $2000 and Quite Imposing costs about $1200. I have used both, so I know whereof I speak. Preps is more than a little mystifying until you get the hang of it. Quite Imposing is about as easy to use as IW, but $1200?

So, I stick by my original assessment.

SGM
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Macsolu replied on 14 Jan 2010
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Quite Imposing costs $475.00. And Quite Imposing Plus costs $899.00.
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Gobra replied on 14 Jan 2010
Quite Imposting is implemented as an Acrobat plug-in, Acrobat Pro will costs you additional $450 per installation.
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alexfor342 rated on 10 Mar 2012

[Version 1.8.2]



Maclabor rated on 17 Jan 2011

[Version 1.8]



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David Ross rated on 07 Jan 2011

[Version 1.8]


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License:Shareware
Date:27 Dec 2012
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
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Imposition Wizard is imposition software for Mac OS X. It reads PDF files, applies transformations to pages and saves the results to another PDF file. You can create booklets and books, prepare business cards for print and much, much more. All the power is packed into a simple user interface that allows you to see your changes in real-time. Imposition Wizard doesn't require the third party applications like Acrobat or InDesign.

Imposition Wizard supports all the main imposition schemes: Booklet, N-Up, Step and Repeat and Cut Stack. It allows you to shuffle pages of the source document and reorder sheets of the destination document. You can add custom backgrounds from another file and flip it from page to page. You may shift page content for booklets (creep), add bleeds and crop marks. Imposition Wizard has many other features that will make your job done faster and better as well. You may crop the source document before imposing, add bleeds and paddings, reorder and rotate source pages and much more. Imposition Wizard applies every one of your actions in real-time and you always see the final document immediately with no multi-step wizards that only show your results at the end!

Why Imposition Wizard?
  • It is a standalone application and doesn't require any third party software to do the job.
  • It applies all your changes in realtime. You see the results immediately at each step of the imposition.
  • It can be controlled using AppleScript, and is compatible with any workflow.
  • It has a clean and easy user interface, and is built natively for Mac OS X.
  • It is created with usability in mind and we always listen to our users and implement the features they want.


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