Spot Colors

Spot colors CMYK colors and spot colors can be used for custom objects. You can use spot colors that are used in PDF for imposition or user-defined colors. The program does not include libraries with color definitions and their appearance, but can take these colors from PDF for imposition – all the spot colors used in the PDF for imposition are available in the spot color list. These colors taken from PDF cannot be edited, they can only be used in different densities.

It is also possible to add a user-defined spot color. It is necessary to specify name of this color and it is also necessary to define its appearance (for displaying on the monitor and composite printing) by entering equivalent CMYK values. The user-defined color is shown in the spot color list with a prefix "User defined:" and its appearance (CMYK values) can be modified. However, if it is imported a PDF for imposition containing a spot color with the same name later (after defining this color), the color used in the PDF is used as the color definition (the PDF color definition always takes precedence).

Barcodes 1D and 2D

Available only with Variable Data Printing Extension.

Info paleta - čárové kódy

Čárové kódy – typ

Čárové kódy – vzhled
It is possible to add 1D (eg. EAN) and 2D (eg. QR code) barcodes using custom objects. With this feature, many different types of codes can be added to the output PDF. This code can be constant (eg. to control the print production process) or variable (as part of the resulting printed matter). You can set the size, color and many other code parameters.

The individual property groups are available using Value, Type, and Appearance tabs.

The static value for code generation you can enter to the text field. Another option is to use the name of the input PDF, either the whole name or a part from beginning or from end.

The main function is to use the value from a data file field for code generation. It is possible to set the number of repetitions of the same record from the data file, whether the same record will be used on the back side, whether pages for imposition are repeated from the beginning if all pages are imposed or if only the last page is repeated. It is possible to set rotation of the code and whether it will be rotated 180° on the back.

Select the second tab to set the code type and its properties. These properties are different for individual codes, some codes do not have any properties. The last tab allows you to set scale, height of some linear codes and their border (these parameters are set as a multiple of the module size – the smallest element size – lines, spaces, etc.). Some codes need white space (in background color) left and right, you can set also border around the code in background color or in code color. For some codes (e.g., EAN), you can add human readable text.

Different code types require different values ​​– some must be only numeric, some can contain ASCII characters, others require a fixed length, etc. The GS1 codes require the AI ​​identifier entered using [square bracket] notation. The additional code for the EAN code can be entered behind the main value after the + sign. Check digit is calculated automatically, but can be entered manually too (for most codes that contain a check digit). If the code cannot be generated on the currently displayed sheet, the warning triangle with an error description is displayed right bottom (click on it or in bubble help).

List of Supported codes: Australia Post, Aztec Code, Aztec Runes, Channel Code, Codabar, Codablock-F, Code 11, Code 128, Code 16K, Code 2 of 5 Data Logic, Code 2 of 5 IATA, Code 2 of 5 Industrial, Code 2 of 5 Interleaved, Code 2 of 5 Matrix, Code 32 (Italian Pharmacode), Code 3 of 9 (Code 39), Code 3 of 9 Extended , Code 49, Code 93, Code One, Data Matrix ECC200, Deutsche Post, DotCode, Dutch Post KIX Code, EAN, Facing Identif. Mark (FIM), Flattermarken, Grid Matrix, GS1-128 (UCC.EAN-128), GS1 DataBar, ITF-14, ISBN, Japanese Postal Code, Korean Postal Code, LOGMARS, Maxicode, MicroPDF417, Micro QR Code, MSI Plessey, NVE-18, PDF417, Pharmacode, Pharma Zentralnumber (PZN), PLANET, PostNet, QR Code, Royal Mail 4 State (RM4SCC), Telepen, Plessey Code, UPNQR, UPC A, UPC E, USPS OneCode, DAFT Code, including formats required in health industry.

Short description of barcode types you can find in the application help.

Variable Data Printing Extension

Only available in version with Variable Data Printing Extension.

The practical use of a Variable Data Printing Extension consists of two steps: the first is the data source definition and the second is the use of data from that source. A file containing records (rows in Excel for example) can be used as a data source, where each record contains individual fields (Excel columns for example). The file must be in text format, individual records and fields must be separated by specified characters. These delimiters can be defined and the data file can be selected in the Data Import palette. A typical file is .csv, where the fields can be delimited by a comma (or a semicolon or a tab) and the records by end of line (enter). This format can be easily exported, for example, from Excel or from most database applications. Fields and records can be also delimited by other characters. It is possible to use a .txt file exported from Word for example, where individual fields can be delimited by enter and records by two enters.

Data from this source can be used in Custom Objects – in text, as a PDF or image name or as a source for barcode generation. You can use references to individual data file fields (these references are replaced with the data from a file when rendering and exporting), as well as the field you can use as the image name. Data can be used in Variable Data, Numbering & Custom Objects mode. Turn on this mode by clicking the button on the Marks palette, using the toolbar button or the edit menu. You can then insert the text using the AB button on the Info palette. After clicking the Properties & Var. data button the Text properties palette appears. Here, the text can be combined with the [FIELD1], [FIELD2], etc., inserted using the drop-down list. If the data file contains names of images or PDF files, use the PDF button on the Info palette and select a field containing the image name. Variable PDF files are expected in the same folder as the data file or in the folder specified using Default PDF dir on the Data Import palette (if data field does not contain path but file name only).

You can use several references to the data file (text objects or custom pdfs), e.g. one for an image, another for a name, another for an address, etc. Of course, for the correct synchronization of values used in the objects the same object properties must be set – assignment to positions or to the sheet and the display properties must be the same, while using the two-sided sheet must also be suitably set displaying on the front and back, on the front only or on the back only.

You can use two repeat modes of pages for imposition if there are not enough pages to use all records from the data file. In that case, either only the last page is repeated, or after the last page is used, the first page is used as the following, followed by all the other pages for imposition (imposition will start from begin again).

ProHot version only: if you use variable data in the template for hotfolders, there are two options for using a data file: if the file is selected on Data Import palette (at the time of creating a template for the hotfolder), this selected file is always used. If the file is not selected (or if it is not founded), the *.txt or *.csv file must be saved in the hotfolder together with PDF for imposition (name of the file can be arbitrary). This file will be used as data file. Use Clear button (on the Data Import palette) to cancel the file selection; the fields and records delimiters definitions and the Default PDF dir are also considered if no data file is selected. This file must be saved before the imposition begins, i.e. before the PDF for imposition is saved. If data from the data file are used as PDF names and these data do not contain paths but only file names, use Default PDF dir button to define the location of variable PDF files.

See the example of the use here.

Separate Export

Separate export is only available if numbering or variable data are 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 for example). 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 objects with the option "Background" activated) and another PDF containing variable data – numbering and custom objects 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 Objects

Info palette

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

It is possible to add and edit these objects, texts and numbers in a mode which is activated by the "Edit numberings and objects" 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 objects and set their size, color and placement in detail. These objects can be moved to on subsequent sheets or groups, so they can be used for example as collation marks. You can also add an unlimited amount of custom PDF files (or images) which can contain any mark, strip, background etc.

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

A tool used to save selected objects for further use is located under the objects buttons. Simply type the name of the object used for further identification into the field and press the save symbol. The object 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: one or more objects can be saved under one line in this list; the somewhat similar list on the Marks palette saves the settings of all marks and objects used in the imposition.)

List of objects on the top left part of the palette will be activated after placing an object on the sheet. Objects can be later selected in this list and edited. It is possible to remove objects from impositions by clicking the trash bin button (next to +). Object editing mode can be closed by clicking the OK button on the palette or by clicking the "Edit numberings and objects" button again. If there are multiple objects in the imposition and some are below pages for imposition (they have Background option active) and others not, the objects bellow pages and above pages are separated by ---Pages--- label for better orientation in the list. The objects with a lower number are below others (the number is the order of placement on the sheet).

You can select the object using a mouse either by clicking on it or by clicking on the work-area and dragging (all objects in the selected area will be selected). It is possible to use shit or ctrl to add or remove objects to the selection. If two or more objects are selected, it is not possible to change parameters of objects, it is only possible to duplicate, copy, move and save selected objects (as one item in the list Saved objects) for later use.

Objects can be assigned either to sheet, to trimbox of the sheet or to positions. If an object 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 object 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: strips and side-lay 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 object. For the middle column it is the distance between the center of the sheet (position) and the center of the object and for the right column X is the distance between the right margin of the sheet (position) and the right side of the object (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 objects 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). Object 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).

Objects 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 objects can be used to mark signatures for book working (collation marks). This is only available while multiple impositions are used: the shift of objects between individual impositions can be linked. If a variable shift is set for an object in the first (left) imposition, it is possible to select “Link to previous” in the next (right) imposition. The following dialogue will display all objects from previous (left) impositions, which have a variable shift set. Selecting an object from this list will use all parameters of the object in the current imposition. This link affects all parameters: if the object in the previous (left) imposition is changed (e.g. shifted) this change will also affect all linked objects. This link only works from left to right – If a linked object in the second or further imposition is edited, the link is canceled and the changes will not be transferred. Only variable shift will remain linked. Objects will be linked automatically if there is an object with a variable shift in the current imposition and another imposition is added (by clicking the + on the "More impositions" navigation panel) – the imposition including its objects will be copied and the objects with variable shift are linked. It is also possible to copy single objects using the context-menu – when multiple impositions are used the “Copy to imposition” option is available. If an object already has a variable shift set and there is another imposition on the right, option “Copy to imposition and link movement” will be available.

Context menuObjects 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 objects (moving them up or down) can be changed in the context menu (to open this menu you need to right-click in the custom object edit mode). This menu can also be used to move a selected object above or below pages for imposition, duplicate and copy selected object or paste an object previously placed to clipboard.

You can also show actual coordinates of the selected object using context menu. Coordinates of the left top edge of the object are displayed on the left side. The actual distance (including move of the objects) is displayed on the right side but only if it is activated move option.

The next field changes according to object type: it can show width, height, length or it is not displayed at all. For rectangular objects it is possible to set the size according to position or sheet. This way you can create for example a frame around the position. For line objects you can use the option "Depends on trim" and the length of the line will change according to the size of the position or sheet.

The following options define object display possibilities – on the front, on the back or on both sides. There is also an option to show objects on all sheets, only on the first or last sheet or only on the first or last sheet of a group. You can also use the "Custom" option, which will display two fields. The first one is used to input the number of sheet where the object will be displayed for the first time, and the second one is used to set the number of sheets, after which it will be displayed again.

The following control features differ according to object type. They can be used to set fill color and object lines (according to the type of the object you can also display only the fill, line or none of these). The option "White margin" adds a white outline to the object 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 example, for rectangles or ellipses if they are supposed to only have a fill or only a line. You can also use spot colors (Pantone for example).

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

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. It is possible to set the number of repeating of each number (if the same front/back is activated, back is not counted to this number). If "End" is not zero, numbering ends by reaching this value. If there are not enough pages for imposition to reach this number, the pages 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). 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. You can show menu for repeat mode using the last button. It is possible to use two modes for page repeating if there are not enough pages to reach the end number. In this case only last page can be repeated or after the last page is used, the first page will be re-used and then all other pages will be followed again (the imposition will start from begin again).

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), page numbers or total number of pages (again depending on the assignment to sheets or positions). Symbols and the text can be combined in any way and the symbols can be removed from the text if necessary. This type of object can therefore be used to create your own sheet description as well as labels for imported images. Using the button Properties you can enter text in multiple lines and you can also set its properties. If you use Variable data Printing Extension references to individual data fields from the data file can be used.

The PDF option is used to add any PDF file (or image) containing a custom object (or image) or anything else. The object can be rotated in 90° steps and it can be rotated by 180° or mirrored on the back side. For Variable Data Printing Extension only: as a name of the picture a field from the data file can be used.

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 object.

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 objects do not have other options.

Barcodes can only be used with VDP extension.

Hotfolders Monitor

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

Montax Imposer 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 Service Pack 3 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

Dual-Core Processor or higher

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 Imposer 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 Imposer 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 numeric or text input fields – they keep their usual functions for editing in these fields. Of course, in these fields are not active shortcuts consisting of just numbers or letters without Ctrl or Alt. Therefore we recommend you always use Ctrl or Alt for numbers or letters.

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.