Overview

For more information on using the action "Impose" with your set up con­figuration files see under "Actions".

Handling recurrent impositions with maximum efficiency

The "Impose" action of pdfaPilot  CLI and pdfToolbox is not an imposition solution in the ordinary sense of the word. Rather, it is designed to handle the requirements of frequent and recurrent imposition jobs, where achiev-­ing the highest possible throughput is more important than a comfortable user interface. It is based on a very simple concept. An "impositioning scheme" is set up by manually editing configuration files. However, the examples provided with the software already meet numerous typical requirements of imposition or can easily be customized to suit specific cli-­ent needs.

Despite the simplicity of this underlying concept, it is capable of meeting and implementing virtually all the usual demands of imposition. Admit-­tedly, pdfToolbox CLI  4 is less suitable for use in cases where the imposi-­tion requirements vary from one print job to the next. But it is unbeatable when identical or similar print jobs call for the fastest possible, preferably automated, imposition.

A simple principle for achieving maximum throughput

The basic idea behind the "Impose" action is very simple: the master for one or several sheets is made available in the form of a PDF file. This has the measurements of the relevant flat and contains all the necessary static elements such as print control strips or crop- and registration marks.

This PDF document is accompanied by an ASCII file, containing the mea-­surements which specify where the pages are to be placed later on the template. These measurements contain not only information about the positioning of each page, but also any scaling that may be necessary (including options for automatic adjustment), rotation or the desired allowance for cropping.

A control list refers back to this combination of template and template configuration. Taking the template as a background sheet, the control list places the pages of a PDF document to be imposed in a new PDF docu-­ment. Through simple script-like instructions multiple-ups as well as the mounting of dynamic print control elements or sheet labeling are also possible.

Sheet templates and Runlists provided

Desktop version

You will find the folders "RunListConfig" and "SheetConfig" in:

%PROGRAMFILES%\callas pdfaPilot <version>\etc\Actions\Imposition
%PROGRAMFILES%\callas pdfToolbox <version>\etc\Actions\Imposition 

Server/CLI version

You will find the folders "RunListConfig" and "SheetConfig" in:

%PROGRAMFILES%\callas pdfaPilot Server <version>\cli\etc\Actions\Imposition
 %PROGRAMFILES%\callas pdfToolbox Server <version>\cli\etc\Actions\Imposition 

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