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.