I’m a novelist and micropress publisher who prints and binds his own books from home. I switched to the Mac a few months ago and had some trouble finding an imposition solution for printing my books. I tried some other programs, like ClickBook, which I’d used on the PC with great results, but the Mac client had some critical bugs that kept me from being able to use it. I also used Cheap Impostor, which is very nice, but can only print pages two-up, where I needed four-up pages. When I asked about the possibility of adding that feature, the developer was generous enough to point me to PDF Clerk Pro.
The program is powerful, and with power came complexity. I’ll have to admit that it took me a while to create the settings I needed (1-signature, 4-up pages for perfect-binding meant re-numbering the pages—4, 1, 2, 3 on top, 8, 5, 6, 7 on bottom—and removing the default page margins), but now that I’ve done the initial work, I’m back in print. Yay!
I’ve got a book fair next month and was afraid I might be completely stuck—unable to make any books. But PDF Clerk came through for me. I paid for it gladly, and give you my thanks.
Now, how would I number the pages for a tiny perfect-bound book laid out 16-up? The math of that threatens to make my head explode.