Separate Export

Separate export is only available if numbering is used.

This option is intended to speed up printing on digital machines if it is possible to combine background PDFs and PDFs with variable data (numbering in our case). Terms "master", "form" or "powerform" are usually used to refer to background PDFs with digital printing machines. The possibility of using background PDFs is, however, a feature of the given printing machine and Montax Imposer cannot affect it. It is only able to prepare the background PDF if your machine has this feature. This background PDF (for example with a ticket design) is processed by the machine only once and it is merged with the variable PDF during printing, whose processing is usually much faster, because it only contain for example ticket numbers. The resulting printing speed is subsequently much faster, than if all data were processed for each sheet again and again.

Separate export is only available if numbering is used and this numbering is placed above the pages for imposition (option "Background" is not activated). One PDF containing background can be generated in this case (i.e. pages for imposition, marks and custom marks with the option "Background" activated) and another PDF containing variable data - numbering and custom marks placed above the pages for imposition. Only the first sheet of the imposition will be exported as a background even if the second or other sheet contains different pages for imposition. PDF containing variable data (numbering) will be exported for all sheets if the imposition. It is possible to chose if both PDF will be exported or only the background or variable one.

If you want to export pages for imposition together with variable data (numbering) in a single PDF use option Export PDF.

Numbering and Custom Marks

Info palette

Commonly used and automatically placed marks can be activated on the Marks palette. The Numbering and custom marks function can be used to add special marks and numberings and also to modify their placement and appearance. Unlike marks activated on the Marks palette, these custom marks are not limited by set (or automatically calculated) imposition margin.

It is possible to add and edit these marks, texts and numbers in a mode which is activated by the "Edit numberings and marks" button on the Marks palette or in menu Edit. The appearance of the horizontal Info palette will adjust and make working in this mode possible. The activation of this mode is also indicated by red colored text on the button.

Numbers can be added to a sheet. These numbers can be used for example to number tickets or as page numbers. It is also possible to add more marks and set their size, color and placement in detail. These marks can be moved to on subsequent sheets or groups, so they can be used for example as collation marks. Similarly to marks, you can also add an unlimited amount of custom PDF files (or images) which can contain any mark, strip, barcode etc.

Marks can be added by pressing the "+" button or directly by a button with a symbol of the mark. The added mark will be highlighted by a red rectangle on the sheet; it will be selected and can be modified. Clicking a button with a symbol of a different mark changes the type of the selected mark. (Note: if a mark is selected, its type will be changed by clicking the symbol, if no mark is selected a new one is added.)

A tool used to save selected marks for further use is located under the marks buttons. Simply type the name of the mark used for further identification into the field and press the save symbol. The mark will be saved together with all its settings. Later it can be selected anytime from the dropdown list and added to the sheet. It can also be removed from the list by the trash bin button. (Note: only one mark is always saved under one line in this list; the somewhat similar list on the Marks palette saves the settings of all marks used in the imposition.)

List of marks on the top left part of the palette will be activated after placing a mark on the sheet. Marks can be later selected in this list and edited. It is possible to remove marks from impositions by clicking the trash bin button (next to +). Mark editing mode can be closed by clicking the OK button on the palette or by clicking the "Edit numberings and marks" button again.

Marks can be assigned either to sheets or to positions. If a mark is assigned to positions, it can be assigned either to all of them or only to selected ones. To select positions you can use the "Select positions" button. After activating this button positions for mark placement can be selected, SHIFT can be used to add more positions to the selection and CTRL to add or remove positions from the selection. (Note: The selection of assignment is limited for some marks: Numbers can only be assigned to positions and not to sheets, strips and collation marks can only be assigned to sheets.)

The "Aligned to" control feature is used to set where the distance in X and Y fields are measured from. Selecting the left column states X as a distance between the left margin of the sheet (or position) and the left side of the mark. For the middle column it is the distance between the center of the sheet (position) and the center of the mark and for the right column X is the distance between the right margin of the sheet (position) and the right side of the mark (ascender and descender are counted in the distance for text and numbers). Negative values (for left and right columns or the top and bottom line) indicate the direction outwards from the sheet or position, which means that marks can be placed out of the position they are tied with (can be used for example to add file names under positions if you want to create a list of images including their names – all you need to do is set suitable sheet margins and spacing between lines). Mark placement can be adjusted either by setting the values in the X and Y fields or by dragging on the working area. (Exceptions are the first two types of the strip mark – They are always aligned to the middle and their distance from sheet margins can be set which affects the strip length as well).

Marks can be moved after activating the button above the X and Y fields either on a subsequent sheet or on the next group (signature). This way marks can be used to mark signatures for book working (collation marks).

Context menuMarks can be placed to the top (above pages for imposition) or to the bottom (below pages for imposition) based on the checkbox "Background". The order of marks (moving them up or down) can be changed in the context menu (to open this menu you need to right-click in the custom mark edit mode). This menu can also be used to move a selected mark above or below pages for imposition, duplicate and copy selected mark or paste a mark previously placed to clipboard.

The next field changes according to mark type: it can show width, height, length or it is not displayed at all (these fields are not editable; they are only informative as size of the PDF cannot be changed).

The following options define mark display possibilities – on the front, on the back or on both sides. There is also an option to show marks on all sheets, only on the first or last sheet or only on the first or last sheet of a group.

The following control features differ according to mark type. They can be used to set fill color and object lines (according to the type of the mark you can also display only the fill, line or none of these). The option "White margin" adds a white outline to the mark to make it easily noticeable on a dark background. The color can be black, registration (in all colors 100%), it can be set by CMYK values or "none" can be selected which is used for rectangles or ellipses if they are supposed to only have a fill or only a line.

Further options (if they are displayed) are specific for certain marks:

Numbering allows you to choose a font and its size, to rotate a number in 90 degree increments and to rotate the number on the front of the sheet by 180 degrees. It is also possible to select the "Start" of the numbering (the first used number) and the "End" of it. The number is increased by "Increment" value in each step, but you can set it to be the same on the front and on the back. If "End" is not zero, numbering ends by reaching this value. If there are not enough pages for imposition to reach this number, the last page will be repeated until the "End" value is reached. For example to print tickets all you need is a PDF with only one side, which will be repeated for all tickets (of course, for two-sided tickets you need two pages – front and back). If the "End" value is zero, no pages will be added and only pages for imposition are numbered (this can be used to add page numbers). Nonzero value (i.e. adding pages until all numbers up to this value are used) can only be used if "Show on all sheets" is active. The next field can be used to add "zero" digits so that the resulting value has a set amount of total digits and also to add characters before or after the number.

The next option is to add a text on the sheet. Of course, the font and size of the text can be set, together with its rotation and whether it is supposed to be rotated by 180°on the back. You can add multiple symbols to the text in the field (in square brackets, selected from the drop-down list), so you can use for example sheet number or group number, the name of the file used for imposition (if the text is assigned to a position) or of all files used on a sheet (if it is assigned to a sheet) or even with page numbers in the original PDF. Symbols and the text can be combined in any way and the symbols can be removed from the text if necessary. This type of mark can therefore be used to create your own sheet description as well as labels for imported images.

The PDF option is used to add any PDF file (or image) containing a custom mark (or image) or anything else. The mark can be rotated in 90°steps and it can be rotated by 180° or mirrored on the back side.

There are two pre-made side-lay marks and it is also possible to use a custom PDF with your own mark. The rotation options are the same with the previous mark.

Strip to adjust and verify color balance can also be customized or you can use your own. The standard options are CMYK rectangles which can be supplemented by other colors if they are present on the sheet. The built-in strip is aligned to the center of the sheet with its longer dimension.

There are three kinds of the cross mark.

Rectangle, line and ellipse marks do not have other options.

Hotfolders Monitor

hotfoldersThis feature is only available in Montax imposer ProHot Standalone Application.

Montax Hotfolders Monitor continuously monitors hotfolders and if it finds new files for imposition it generates a PDF out of them based on a template created or selected in the main application. Hotfolders monitor provides a quick overview of folders and imposition progress. The user can see if the program is ready for imposition, if there is an imposition in progress or for example if it is necessary to wait for files to finish copying. A warning is shown if the target PDF is opened and the imposition can therefore not be made, or if a fatal error occurs during PDF export. This can happen for example when the file could not be created because there was not enough disc space or the target file was already open. If there are any errors in the imposition itself the PDF is created and the errors are listed in a log.

Monitor behavior can be set in the settings menu – if you want to have control over the export at all times you can set the Monitor window position to be always on top. Automatic Monitor start can be set on windows start-up and you can also set Monitor to start minimized if you do not need to see its window. Monitor can also be minimized to system tray so that it takes the least space of your screen. Depending on your operating system you can set its icon to be visible at all times or only if the output PDF could not be created. Monitor can also be used to start the main application, where hot folders can be set.

Technical requirements

Montax Imposer Standalone Application:

Windows XP Service Pack 3 or later Windows (Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10)

Min. 2 GB of RAM

Dual-Core Processor or higher

Montax Imposer Adobe Acrobat Plug-in:

Windows XP or later Windows (Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10)

Adobe Acrobat 6 or later (incl. Acrobat DC), not Adobe Reader

Min. 2 GB of RAM recommended

Dual-Core Processor or higher recommended

Images Imposition

image to pdfYou can create PDF from your photos. Common types of pictures can be imported and imposed: jpg, tif, psd, png, gif, pbm, pct, pcx, bmp. Images can be in a bitmap mode, grayscale, indexed, RGB or CMYK.

Montax works with pictures in the same way as with PDF files. The only difference is that pictures do not have a set bleed. If it is required it can either be set manually in Pages for imposition palette (bleed changes automatically by setting a trimbox). Another option is to use the "Force bleed function" on the Info palette.

Images or photos can be imported using menu or toolbar or you can dragging it directly from any file manager to the work area of the program.

Montax ignores channels of spot colors in TIF and PSD files. Only files with color depth up to 16 bits per one color channel are supported.

Shortcuts Settings

Shortcuts settingShortcuts can be customized in this window. They can be set separately for the main work area and for the Pages for imposition palette.

All functions which can have an assigned shortcut are listed in the Available functions list. When a function is selected all shortcuts which are currently assigned to it (if any) are listed in the upper-right window captioned Shortcuts for selected function. Shortcuts can be canceled by clicking them and pressing the Delete button. New shortcuts can be created by selecting a function, pressing the desired combination of keys and clicking Set. Using the checkboxes under the window for new shortcuts makes it possible to make the shortcut active for the main work area, the Pages for imposition palette or both of these. If a shortcut is already assigned to another function it is shown under these checkboxes. If the user decides to assign a shortcut which is already used for another function by clicking the 'Set' button its previous assignment will be canceled.

Home, End, Delete, Backspace and Space buttons are not available in data input fields in this window – they keep their usual functions for editing in these fields.

To save all newly assigned shortcuts, 'OK' must be clicked. 'Restore to default' button resets all shortcut settings and clicking 'Cancel' closes this window without saving any new shortcuts.

Automatic Imposition Using Hotfolders

hotfoldersThis feature is only available in Montax imposer ProHot version.

Montax imposer ProHot supports automatic imposition using watched folders (hotfolders). Watched folders can be added and configured in menu (Edit->Watched folder settings).

Adobe Acrobat (Plug-in version) or Montax Hotfolders Monitor (Application version) must be running for automatic imposition, while Montax imposer can be running, but it does not have to. If an automatic imposition is being made and we work in Montax at the same time some functions of Montax can be slower than usual, for example PDF import and export or preview rendering.

Hotfolder imposition is based on imposition settings in main application - as the template for hotfolder is used imposition created in the application. Also all settings available in main application are available as well in hotfolders (except Pages palette, which changes source pages).

Hotfolder Setup

First it is necessary to select a template – the appearance of imposition that will be used for the automatic imposition. This can be achieved by using the currently opened imposition or selecting another one which was saved earlier. Then it is necessary to select the path to the watched folder and its name. The folder will be created in the selected path, the selected template (with .mox extension) will be copied into its subfolder "template" and another sub-folder "out-name" will be created. PDF files copied into the watch folder will be imposed according to the template into the "out-name" folder together with the source PDF and a file containing information about the imposition (.log extension).

A sub folder "m-in-name" will be created to impose a group of files at once (e.g. pictures). The imposition will be started if there are no new files copied into the folder during a period of 5 seconds. This way hundreds of pictures can be imposed to sheets automatically.

The created folder will be shown in the overview of watched folders. Here you can temporarily disable the folder (for example when it is located on a temporarily unavailable drive – USB, network drive etc.), or delete the folder – it will only be removed from the watched folder list and the data will not be affected. Unavailable folders or folders with a missing template (for example deleted by accident) are highlighted in red color.

Existing templates can also be edited in the watched folders overview – by right-clicking the folder you can select "Edit template for this folder", "Replace template for this folder with the active imposition" or "Replace template for this folder with saved imposition". If "Edit template" is selected the template will be opened in the program. After editing is done the template can be saved (after you reopen this setting and choose "Replace template with actual imposition" or save it from the menu File->Save as template).

You can select an action for a watched folder from the context menu. This action takes place afer the final PDF is generated. It can be:

  • Opened in Acrobat (for standalone application version in default application)
  • Opened in another program (or run a script or command); the name of the final file is given to the program or script as a parameter.
  • Moved to file
  • Copied to file

Furthermore you can choose if the files for impositions will be deleted or moved to out-name folder. You can also set, if a log file is generated even after successful PDF export. In case of an error a log is always generated.

To ensure proper functionality of automatic imposition the folder and the subfolder "out-name" must be writeable and the drive must have enough free space for the imposed file. When a new imposition of a previously imposed file is made the original files (both the imposed file and the log) are deleted. For example if you open the imposed file in Acrobat it is necessary to close it before making a new imposition because it needs to be overwritten. The new imposition will not be made until the file is closed (the file for imposition will remain in the folder). After the exported file is closed the automatic imposition will continue normally.

Automatic imposition works with only one page group and the features of Pages for imposition palette cannot be used while using it (only pages auto-rotation can be used). When more impositions are used it is recommended to use Automatic page assignment, otherwise all the pages will be imposed in all impositions.

The following conditions must be met in order to use Automatic imposition

  • Adobe Acrobat (Plug-in version) or Montax Hotfolders Monitor (Application version) must be running
  • Watched folders must be set
  • The watched folders and the "out-name" subfolder must be writable
  • The watched folder must contain the PDF for imposition
  • The "out-name" subfolder must contain enough free space for the exported files
  • The "template" subfolder must contain the template file (.mox), copied in while the watched folder was created
  • The exported PDF file and the log file (if they already exist) must be writeable (they cannot be opened in Acrobat etc.)

Glossary

Bleed is the edge of a page which is going to be cut off. If it is necessary for the print to cover the printed matter all the way to the final edge, the printed design must continue over the further trim. This is necessary to avoid having a white border on some pages which can happen due to printing and trimming inaccuracies.

Trim box (finished size) shows where the final printed matter is cut. The trim box of the final sheet is the area defined by the upper-left corner of the first position and the lower-right corner of the last position. It contains all the positions of the sheet.

Untrimmed size, Bleed box of the resulting sheet is larger or equal to the trim box. It can be used for bookmaking to cut the final sheet, process it (fold, sew, glue etc.) and then cut to the finished size. It can be set to pages bleed or customized as needed.

Imposition type is explained here in detail.

Imposition margin is the area where various marks (trim marks, registration marks, sheet descriptions…) and bleeds are placed. Its size can either be calculated automatically from page bleed and marks or it can be set manually. If the automatic sheet size is selected the sheet is set exactly to the imposition margin. If the sheet size is set manually the real sheet border (the distance between the trim box and the sheet end) can be bigger based on the size and sheet alignment.

Gaps between rows and columns are necessary if the final printed matter needs to be covered in print to its edge. When the gaps are zeroed and the graphical design is different on each page or in a case of a different background color the edges of some pages can be covered by the design from another page which is caused by inaccurate print and trimming. See Bleed.

Sheet, sheet size is the sheet size of the resulting PDF. If the imposition cannot fit the area it is highlighted.

Imposition size is the part of the sheet which is covered by the imposition (including the edges with crosses and marks).

Position is a part of the imposition where single pages are placed. These positions are organized into rows and columns same way as in tables.

2-UP (or more) the same page is the case where one or more pages are placed on a single sheet multiple times. It can either be achieved by setting page repetition or by placing the desired page on multiple positions (for example by dragging from the palette Pages for imposition). Please, do not combine these two methods! If you are using a booklet imposition page repetition cannot be used. If a group of pages need to be placed on a sheet multiple times (for example for a booklet the first and the last page are placed next to each other) the 2-UP can be realized by choosing Menu->Edit->Duplicate imposition below (side by side).