Main Dialog, Layout Panel
The top of the main dialog begins with the version of IDImposer and the version of InDesign, followed by the name of the currently open InDesign source document, plus the source document’s page count.
We’ll go into ‘Phases’ in more detail later; for now, think of a Phase as one of possibly multiple stages in building a more complex imposition layout. Multiple phases are generally most useful when the printer can accommodate sheets that are considerably larger than a single Page of the original Source document.
The main attributes of the imposition are defined in the Layout Panel.
The first of these attributes is the Imposition Type.
Saddle Stitch is the arrangement required by the common folded-in-half then stapled in the fold technique for booklets, newsletters, and the like.
The Perfect Bound Imposition Type is used for books. We will discuss this more later.
N Up Consecutive Imposition Type is used for N by M arrangements of thumbnails, or for printing unfolded documents such as spiral-bound, or stapled-at-an-edge documents. It is also useful for some multi-phase layouts.
Cut Stack is also used for N by M arrangements of pages, but the pages are sequential from the top of the output stack of sheets downward.
Step and Repeat can be used for printing sheets of business cards or labels. It is also very useful for certain multi-phase layouts. Spacing between the business cards (or whatever) is completely flexible, with full bleed control and cut marks.
Page Sequence files
The next 15 or so entries in the Imposition Type list are the names of the “Page Sequence” XML files that are contained in the IDImposer downloaded-and-unzipped folder. Each of these XML files specify an imposition layout. For example, the first file defines a possible layout for a 4-sheet (16-page) wall calendar, without photos for each month. The second file defines a possible layout for a 7-sheet (28-page) wall calendar that has a photo page for each of the 12 month pages.
These files are simple text files, and can be opened — and edited — by any simple text editor. (Microsoft Word is not a ‘simple text editor’.) A document called _ReadMe.txt, contained in the IDImposer11 / Extras / PageSequence / folder, describes the format, so that you can create your own Page Sequence files.