InDesign Tools

At InDesign Tools, our goal is to make awesome design and prepress tools for Adobe InDesign — tools that will make you wonder how you ever got along without them!

The Author

InDesign Tools were created by a 25-year veteran of Adobe Product Engineering, specializing in printing and prepress technologies. Stephen has contributed code to Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Aldus PageMaker. He was also the creator of the TIFF image format and the OPI specification, and holds five patents for software.

IDImposer Pro

When it’s time to turn your ‘reader-order’ InDesign document into a ‘printer-spread’ document, ready for multi-up printing, folding and stapling or other binding, what do you do?

  • Bring the job to a prepress printing services provider? Certainly that is the right choice for many types of large, complex, or high cost jobs.
  • Write the job to PDF, and then use one of the high end PDF-based imposition systems? That’s fine, if your budget and time allow, or if your job is already in PDF format. (If so, also see  MultiPlace.jsx for building an InDesign document from a PDF file.)
  • Use Acrobat’s ‘Booklet Printing’ feature? It might suffice, if your needs are simple and you plan to print directly from Acrobat, since ‘Booklet Printing’ cannot write out an imposed PDF.
  • Use InDesign’s ‘Print Booklet’ feature? That works, sometimes …

OR, try IDImposer.  IDImposer Pro is the premier InDesign-based tool for turning your InDesign ‘reader spread’ documents into 2-up or more-up ‘printer spread’ documents.  It’s the missing link for producing booklets, books, newsletters, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, even sheets of business cards or labels.  IDImposer allows you to quickly and easily produce imposed PDF files (or print directly from InDesign), without resorting to obsolete, time-consuming workarounds.

IDImposer Pro is FREE, for producing small to medium sized jobs. Larger jobs require purchasing a license key.

Download and give it a try today!  If you run into any problems, please let me know immediately!

stephen@sterlingcomputing.com

IDTextFitter

Have you ever poured your text into the allotted text frames of the ‘story’, only to find that it didn’t quite fit?  Maybe too much text (overset) or too little text (underset).  IDTextFitter can help you to quickly fix the problem. You don’t having to act as copy editor, adding or deleting words until it fits. And you don’t have to change the font’s pointsize or leading.  IDTextFitter instead makes just enough subtle changes to the word and letter spacing to make it fix exactly.  No more time-wasting ‘trial and error’.