Montax imposer – imposing plugin

PDF Imposition Software: About Page Imposition

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We often need to print multiple pages of a smaller format on a device that allows a larger format printing. In such case we need to impose (place) these pages on the final imposition sheet. This process called imposition is a typical task for offset printers, which usually work with formats of A2 and larger but is also common in digital print with A3 or A3+ formats. Even in personal use you might need to impose something – for example when we need to print business cards on an A4 sheet we are left with two options. We can either manually copy and paste the card design multiple times in the prepress software or use a tool specifically designed for the task. When we deal with such printing tasks often an application allowing us to print multiple pages on a single sheet becomes a necessity because it makes our work more time efficient, well arranged and also prevents us from making mistakes.

Montax Imposer – Acrobat Plugin for PDF Imposition

Montax imposer is a tool designed specifically for imposition allowing you to impose pages on one or more final sheets. It is an Adobe Acrobat plug-in and therefore requires Adobe Acrobat (in version 6 or higher) to work. Please note that the plug-in is not compatible with Adobe Reader.

printing business cards on one sheet - pdf impositionOur software works with PDF files. Using Montax it is very easy to impose them on a sheet and export the resulting sheet to a new PDF file. It is designed for Windows OS.

Montax imposer is available in English, Czech and now also in Spanish localization!

If you are interested in the product do not hesitate to try our fully working version of the program called Montax-imposer Free! The only restriction of the free version is the final sheet size – all its features are identical to the full version of the program!

Other versions of the program including Montax Imposer Basic, Montax Imposer Standard and Montax Imposer Professional are available in the product page. The latest version called Montax Imposer ProHot supporting automatic imposition using hotfolders is also available now!

Latest Version of the Montax Imposer Plug-in

The latest version of the plug-in is version 1.3. Some of the new features are:

  • Increased speed of display and especially PDF export
  • New imposition type designed for table calendars
  • PDF file Drag and Drop support from any file manager into Montax
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts
  • Non-proportional fill is now available for page-scale in addition to the traditional proportional page scale
  • Improved automatic name generator of both the imposition and the exported PDF
  • Preflight control before export
  • Support for Adobe Acrobat layers

Imposition Types

Montax Imposer allows the user to impose PDF files very quickly in various ways. Besides the standard N-UP imposition which places pages on the sheet in the order of appearance from the source PDF there are many other options. Consider a situation where one needs to impose and print an A5 format publication on an A3 sheet. When this is done without a custom imposition it is necessary to cut the final A3 sheet into A5 pages and then put the pages in the right order by hand. Montax Imposer, however, provides a "Cut & Stack" imposition option where the pages are placed in such a way that after the sheet is cut it is only necessary to place the A5 sheets on top of each other to get the correct order. When printing numbered items, such as entrance tickets, this feature comes in really handy because putting thousands of items in the right order by hand is nearly impossible.

Another available imposition style is "Booklet" placing the first and the last page side by side on the sheet, the second and the second to last page on the back of the sheet and so on. The resulting sheet is then folded in the middle and stapled to obtain the booklet. Magazines, newspapers, books and similar printed matters are often imposed like this. There are many options available for this kind of imposition in Montax Imposer, such as cross-fold, double cross-fold, perfect binding and any other complex alternatives, including combinations of these. The imposition type "Calendar" is suitable for table calendars etc.

more pages on one imposition sheetPDF Imposition for Various Applications

Montax Imposer is very flexible and can be used in many ways. It allows the user to prepare simple, repetitive impositions quickly without the need of saving them as well as complex combinations of different imposing styles. Everyday users will appreciate the simplified automatic mode, where most of the necessary parameters of an imposition are calculated automatically. Of course, all of these parameters can be manually adjusted if it is necessary. To adjust these parameters a set of pallets is introduced in the program sorting the options thematically according to their functions. Many pallets can be switched to an extended mode allowing the user to adjust parameters that are not very common.

If you do not need or use some of the functions of Montax, their palettes can easily be closed which makes the program control even easier and the interface simpler. At the same time it assures you that the closed palette will not affect the imposition, because when a palette is closed the features and parameters it controls are deactivated.

Main Features of PDF Imposing Software Montax Imposer:

  • PDF imposition to sheets exported into PDF again
  • Provides a live preview of the sheet layout
  • Works equally well for prepress, offset and digital printing. Can be easily used by any copy shop as the export format is the widely used PDF for any digital printer, imagesetter or CTP
  • The interface and program controls are simple and easy to master and no extensive training is required to start using it
  • Montax allows all impositions types - Standard, Cut & Stack, Booklet and Calendar, which can be used in any combination with an option to divide them into groups and use any available binding such as perfect binding, sewing binding, saddle stitching, etc. By combining these impositions and/or adjusting their parameters you can create a vast variety of imposition styles and impose everything you need.
  • Can calculate the final sheet size and the amount of pages that fit on a selected sheet automatically
  • Provides a fast selection of many pre-made imposition styles and page layouts
  • Provides an option for page repetition using one button, for example to copy business cards over the whole page
  • Provides an option to resize pages for imposition
  • Provides an option to load pages from multiple PDF files and impose them into one sheet.
  • Provides an option to add various marks on the sheet including crop marks, registration marks, sheets description, color names, folding marks, etc.
  • Provides the option to save an imposition for later use or customization
  • Contains templates for many typical impositions
  • Allows the user to create their custom impositions and save them as templates
  • Provides a possibility to work using different units (mm, cm, point, inch), furthermore all data input fields support mathematical expressions (+, -, *, /) and unit conversions
  • Contains a module allowing the user to verify if the imposition is correct including a warning when non-standard procedures are used
  • Provides an option to set a paper thickness correction to avoid text shifting when inner pages are moved towards each other during their binding
  • Provides an option to combine several impositions, for example for magazine covers and inner pages with different imposition styles on one sheet

Imposition Examples

Montax Imposer comes pre-equipped with many imposition presets. The most used of these are briefly explained here.

Standard (N-UP) Page Imposition

The simplest imposition method is to impose pages in the order in which they appear in the original PDF. It is the basic method of multiple page printing on a single sheet.

Print multiple pages on one sheet Sheet imposition Sheet imposition

Cut & Stack Imposition

The cut & stack imposition is suitable for example for single brochure printing or multiple ticket printing using a digital printer. After the blocks are placed upon each other they are already in the right order and there is no need for further sorting. This feature is also very useful for personalized print.

Print multiple pages on one sheet Sheets cutting at Cut & stack imposition Cutted blocks at Cut & stack imposition Stacked blocks at Cut & stack imposition

Booklet Imposition

Booklet impositions are suitable for magazines, catalogues and similar matters. The simplest staple binding (pictured) can be flawed while printing a higher amount of pages due to outward print shifting caused by paper thickness in the back. This problem can be easily avoided by shifting the print towards the middle on the pages inside of the print.

Booklet imposition example Pages arrangement at Booklet imposition Printed sheets at Booklet imposition Folding at Booklet imposition

Another variant of the booklet imposition is the Cross fold. The sheets are placed into each other as with the staple binding followed by horizontal (first) and vertical (second) folding. After the booklet is bound the top bend is cut off.

Cross fold imposition printed sheets at cross fold imposition Folding at Cross fold imposition

The next booklet option is cross binding in a modification called the Perfect bound – Sheets are composed behind each other for adhesive or sewn binding. Using this approach reduces the print shifting due to paper thickness to a minimum. The sheets can be divided into groups containing any amount of sheets. The folded sheets can be placed behind each other as shown in the picture (when there is one sheet in the group). When there are more than 1 sheet in the group the two (or 3, 4 etc.) sheets are inserted into each other (as with the example above) and then put behind each other. When sewing binding is used the sewn files need to be thick enough to prevent the sewing thread from cutting through the pages.

Printed sheets at cross fold imposition Sheets folding at cross fold imposition