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Title: Imposition Plugin for Scribus ?
Post by: sjrwhc on May 12, 2018, 03:05:25 pm
Hi,
can somebody tell me, how do i install the Imposition Plugin for Scribus on a mac? I have Scribus 1.5.4 installed. And..Is it worth it?

Thank you
Title: Re: Imposition Plugin for Scribus ?
Post by: a.l.e on May 13, 2018, 07:52:37 pm
there is not solution inside of scribus.

a few people are using https://pdfsam.org/pdfsam-basic/ and they're happy with it.

personally, i'm using pdfnup and similar command line tools on linux.
i even have a script that also runs partially inside of scribus for some tasks and i might consider getting it to be even more "inside" of scribus...
but i have no concrete plans yet (and i have other priorities!)

you might try pdfnup and the command line tools if you're on linux or on mac and you're comfortable with using the command line.
Title: Re: Imposition Plugin for Scribus ?
Post by: sjrwhc on May 14, 2018, 11:23:24 pm
Thank you a.l.e

I'll check that pdfsam out. Also will check pdfnup if this could add functionality? I am on a mac. Although it is not the same, I have some experience with ffmpeg using terminal for video compression, so I can give it a try I guess. Anyways it would be great if you know of any tutorial or so, to get me started.

Cheers
Title: Re: Imposition Plugin for Scribus ?
Post by: mnawij on May 15, 2018, 03:37:57 am
Are you just interested in n-up imposition or also other imposition such as making booklets?

mnawij
Title: Re: Imposition Plugin for Scribus ?
Post by: sjrwhc on May 15, 2018, 11:33:45 pm
hi, I am interested in booklet imposition, I am starting a little (self publishing) project.
Title: Re: Imposition Plugin for Scribus ?
Post by: mnawij on May 16, 2018, 05:25:49 am
I have not used it in awhile but you could try:

http://www.quantumelephant.co.uk/bookbinder/bookbinder.html  (though it only uses standard sizes and does not understand bleed)

There used to be one called jImposition but I cannot seem to find it and it looks like no one retrieved the project code from Google Code before it shut down in 2015 and another one named multivalent, but I think that one is a command line only.

Not many free options for the mac and I have not used them, but here are some inexpensive ones such as:

http://www.montax-imposer.com/products
http://www.devalipi.com/purchasebm.html

or you could try your local copy/printshop, I usually charge $1.00/page to impose a file for a customer.  I hope these get you to a starting point.

mnawij
Title: Re: Imposition Plugin for Scribus ?
Post by: mnawij on May 16, 2018, 05:49:12 am
found another one:

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/statistics/staff/academic-research/firth/software/pdfjam/

and maybe:

http://podofo.sourceforge.net/index.html

again I have not used these before.

mnawij
Title: Re: Imposition Plugin for Scribus ?
Post by: a.l.e on May 16, 2018, 10:13:40 am
for simple booklets, you can often just use your pdf reader / printer driver and set it to print a booklet...
Title: Re: Imposition Plugin for Scribus ?
Post by: sjrwhc on May 17, 2018, 05:11:15 pm
Thank you all for these answers, will check them out.

There are still some decisions to make regarding the format. It will be most likely printed on a A1 or A2 sheet, not at home, so want to have the document set right. I am trying to get the whole workflow clear before start designing

Cheers
Title: Re: Imposition Plugin for Scribus ?
Post by: Nermander on May 18, 2018, 06:51:05 pm
I think jPDFtk is one of the more competent solutions, but it takes a lot to "design" a imposition in it. No real GUI, but rather using numbers.
Title: Re: Imposition Plugin for Scribus ?
Post by: sjrwhc on May 19, 2018, 05:42:52 am
is there something similar for Mac?
Title: Re: Imposition Plugin for Scribus ?
Post by: Nermander on May 20, 2018, 10:56:14 am
Many of the tools are written in java, they should work on Mac.