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Imposition--Rotating the Pages

October 1999
The latest digital imposition tools are object-independent, page rotating, PDF imposing signature refiners—automating even further the territory once governed by the meticulous manual stripper.


BY MARIE RANOIA ALONSO


Manual stripping. One day—perhaps today—the task of manual stripping will seem as foreign a concept to the seasoned graphic arts professional as does the nearly lost art of photo engraving.

Current imposition tools perform a flexible and varied set of clever tasks:

  • Digitally imposing signatures that can be output on a variety of PostScript-compatible devices, from the digital press to a platesetter to an imagesetter;

  • Rotating and viewing any object on any signature;

  • Creating complete, precise impositions in minutes—seconds—for a variety of layouts and configurations.


Feel bad for the manual stripper?

Today's latest array of software tools for electronic imposition are bringing home, even louder, the message Throw Your Flats Away, as a variety of new solutions featuring PDF-friendly plug-ins promise to make electronic imposition faster, more efficient and, yes, easier.

One such tool is OneVision's new add-on module that creates a job's imposition in predefined flats with pages in place. PlugIMPOSEin, for use with OneVision's workflow management and optimization software systems, Asura and Solvero, lets the user create customized impositions to satisfy a variety of print applications, from two-page and 32-page to tabloid work. The software tool lets users import and rearrange entire documents. Flats can be sent to soft proofing devices or film or CTP output units, depending on the user's needs.

Dynagram Software's latest automated enhancement to its electronic imposition product, DynaStrip, is a new component for page pairing in DynaStrip's Windows 95/98 NT version. DynaStrip's new page pairing feature—designed for printing applications such as newspapers and magazines, where document files arrive in any order and at different times—requires a set of templates and one hot folder, where indexing, page-pairing and output actions are automatically initiated.

A tool such as DynaStrip's new page pairing function eliminates the downtime spent waiting for all document files to arrive, which, in turn, necessitates manual intervention with sheet templates prior to output.

However, the biggest shake-up to hit the world of imposition software recently is, without a doubt, the not-totally-unexpected Imation Publishing Software by Preps creator, ScenicSoft.

ScenicSoft Acquisition
Announced in July, ScenicSoft's acquisition of Imation's imposition product, PressWise (and related content manipulation tools, including TrapWise), put ScenicSoft in the unique position of providing a fully integrated family of prepress software products.

 

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