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Imposing 4 separate pdf's into a template
« on: May 27, 2011, 07:24:55 AM »
Just wondering if anyone has faced this challenge:

We're going to be getting pdf's in large numbers... we'd like to be able to automate 4 at a time into a template ie. 1,2,3,4 backed up properly. They will not be 4 page pdf's but separate ones. We'd also like to make this available on a PC or MAC upstairs and a PC downstairs. One guy we deal with says this doesn't exist, that all impo needs 4 pages together to work. We don't have time to do it all in preps (training etc) right now.

If this type of thing doesn't exitst, here is a market for someone to write a program and make a lot of cash!! It's way over our heads!

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Re: Imposing 4 separate pdf's into a template
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2011, 10:43:46 AM »
A script to run a batch for joining single PDFs into one? Not sure if it would get the page order right, depending on what their files names are.

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Re: Imposing 4 separate pdf's into a template
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2011, 10:55:22 AM »
yeah, it's doable, but as the gnub pointed out, names is the key.
The last time I used preps (about 20 something years ago), you could do auto imposing, but the page files had to have a certain naming convention.
Even with my Esko imposition software, it's pretty much the same.
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Re: Imposing 4 separate pdf's into a template
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2011, 10:59:56 AM »
If you have all the pdfs, why not just use the 'combine' feature, and then order the list to make one pdf, then impo normally?
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Re: Imposing 4 separate pdf's into a template
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2011, 11:06:20 AM »

If you have all the pdfs, why not just use the 'combine' feature, and then order the list to make one pdf, then impo normally?


I think he wants to automate something. Like drop 4 PDFs into a hot folder and have Acrobat combine them into one, in the right order.
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Re: Imposing 4 separate pdf's into a template
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2011, 02:26:16 PM »
We can do this with Enfocus Switch and Quite Hot Imposing. Or you can manually combine them and use Quite Hot Imposing. Neither are "cheap"/free but we do it all the time.
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Re: Imposing 4 separate pdf's into a template
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2011, 02:40:52 PM »
quite imposing will do it, that 5th page would have to be in the right spot for backup
assuming 1-4 are the fronts but you can shuffle if not. I have an older version of quite imposing
so the newer one might even have more features. I would check it out, it is costly but worth it.
Preps would be a quick way to go, but I don't output pdfs from preps myself except for dies.

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Re: Imposing 4 separate pdf's into a template
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2011, 07:25:03 PM »
Am guessing Quite Imposing would be a small fraction of the cost of most other high end imposition apps. Hundreds, rather than thousands.
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Re: Imposing 4 separate pdf's into a template
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2011, 07:32:58 PM »
Back in my Quark 3.x glory days we used to do automated imposition with Quark using a little Mac application called QuicKeys. You could program it via common mac commands and macros to do about anything. It was pretty slick.

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Re: Imposing 4 separate pdf's into a template
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2011, 12:58:52 PM »
oooh, another possibility is in adobe' pdf multi page import for indesign
if you could get the pdf into 4 seperate pdfs in the order needed-
you could import the pdf 4 times in the position needed.

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Re: Imposing 4 separate pdf's into a template
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2011, 06:24:43 PM »
You really need to define "automate".  Do you  mean selecting 4 PDF files, pressing a hot key and whamo - a merged file in a predetermined location and file name?  Since you're manually selecting the files, there is no automation in that. 

With a program called Batch PDF Merger, you can simply drag the files into a window, rearrange them and bam - a single PDF File in seconds.  Much faster than Acrobat.  I think they now have a Mac version.

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Re: Imposing 4 separate pdf's into a template
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2011, 07:32:52 AM »
we ended up just doing it in Acrobat..... it's working ok so it's not a big deal to automate it any further for the time being.