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FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator
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How to impose with a cut & shingle

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<p><em>The customer wants to impose and have a cut &amp; stack with this nuance.&nbsp; They want have records 1..5 go across sheet left to right in first row.&nbsp;&nbsp; Records 6&hellip;.10 print on 2nd&nbsp;sheet in first row.&nbsp;&nbsp; Records 11-15 print on second row of sheet 1.&nbsp; Records 16-20 print on 2nd&nbsp;row of second sheet.</em></p>
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FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator
Posts: 2,259
Registered: ‎01-03-2012

Re: How to impose with a cut & shingle

This can be implemented in a single imposition template.

Additionally, this template can support documents of any size, it can crate layouts with a varying number of pages and it can support selection of multiple press sheet sizes. In other words, you should be able to use a single template for all jobs that need this layout.

 

The overall approach is to define a template with 2 imposition stages.

  • The first imposition stage will impose pages into rows
  • The second imposition stage will impose rows into press sheets

Note: You can simplify this implementation if you do not need to handle documents of any size or if you do not need automated press sheet size selection.

 

For this example, we will build a template that will impose documents of any size into a press sheet of one of the following sizes

  • 11 x 17
  • 12 x 18
  • 14.33 x 26 

 

Primary Imposition Stage - Impose Pages Into Rows

Press Sheet configuration

This stage will impose into a "semi-automatic" press sheet. These are press sheet sizes for which one of the dimensions is "automatic". In this case, the press sheet height will be based on the selected PDF box's height plus margins and gutter distances.

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Add a semi-automatic press sheet sizes for every final press sheet size that's required.

Once that's done set the Press Sheet Size to Automatic and select the newly added semi-automatic press sheet sizes in the size options

Also ensure the Orientation is set to portrait

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The above will allow the imposition to select the optimal press sheet width (and hence the final size) for any given input document.

 

Layout configuration

Set the imposition to Cut & Stack with 1 sheet per stack

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Note: This assumes all records have a fixed number of pages. If that's not the case, there's a separate HOWTO that covers this imposition for PDF/vt jobs with records that have a variable number of pages 

http://forum.support.xerox.com/t5/FreeFlow-Core-Private/Imposing-PDF-vt-records-in-separate-layout-r...

 

Set th Rows and Columns to Auto Columns, FIxed Rows and specify 1 Row.

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This will allow the imposition to put as many columns in the layout as will fit (while also selecting between the semi-automatic press sheet sizes).

 

If the documents have bleed then there are other settings that also need to be configured.

First, ensure the imposition is done relative to the Trim Box

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Gutters configuration

If the documents contain bleed, add Margins and Column gutters

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The margin distance will not affect the gutters in the second layout since FFCore sets up trim and bleed boxes in imposed documents to the perimeter of the placed PDF pages.

 

Cut Marks configuration 

Add cut marks around the trimbox

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The imposition to this point will create a single row layout on one of the semi-automatic press sheet sizes

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 10.15.26 AM.png

 

Secondary Imposition Stage - Impose Rows Cut & Stack

Add a Secondary Stage to the imposition template

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This imposition stage will use the output from the first imposition as the input.

 

Press Sheet configuration

This stage will impose into the final press sheet size. As before the Press Sheet Size should be set to Automatic. The Size Options should use the final press sheet sizes

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Layout configuration

Set the imposition to Cut & Stack. Do not enable the sheets per stack option.

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 10.22.25 AM.png

This will flow the imposed rows vertically through the stack before adding a second row to the first layout

 

Set th Rows and Columns to Auto Rows and Columns

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Since this imposition stage is imposing the imposed layout from the first stage, this imposition stage will place one column and multiple rows in the layout.

 

As before, ensure the imposition is done relative to the Trim Box

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 10.10.03 AM.png

 

Gutters configuration

Add margins and row gutters to the layout (column gutters are not needed)

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Sample imposed file 

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Re: How to impose with a cut & shingle

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Hi Javier

Is there a way for me to cut and shingle where the second row is rotated but maintains the same ordering.

We have a multi record job that's being die cut and the requirements of the die means that we have to rotate the second row, but they still have to shingle in order. If I lay them up two up in the first stage they end up in this order:

Top page for a 12 record (24 page) pdf

 

upside right               2     1

upside down            13   15

 

where i need them to end up

 

upside right               2     1

upside down            15   13

 

The only other way I could think to do this is have the job split in half and then remerge afterwards but they are all different recourd counts and not always a multiple of 4.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Mike

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Re: How to impose with a cut & shingle

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Nevermind this i edited the first post

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Re: How to impose with a cut & shingle

I was going to suggest using the Insert Pages component to make the job the required multiple

For example, a multiple of 4

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Then you can use split to divide the document in half

Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 11.33.56 AM.png

 

You can then route by the Job Number in Group and reverse the cards in the second document before joining for the final imposition

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You can reverse the postcard order using 1up imposition and the following page order

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The above will reorder pages as follows:

  • Second to last page
  • Last Page
  • Fourth to last page
  • third to last
  • etc.

 

It should reverse the order of duplex postcards while also ensuring they are imposed face up.