Re: Quirks of the printing industry.

Subject: Re: Quirks of the printing industry.
From: Daniel Speck <dspeck@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 12:00:40 -0500
Mitch C. Amiano wrote:

> He is trying to achieve a function known as imposition, where groups of
> "finished" sheets are manipulated to get the most effective use of a
> different printable medium and/or a particular printing process, the
> medium itself then being cut/folded/stitched/stapled/glued etc.
> I looked at the issue once before a few years back. At that point, I
> didn't see any fundamental flaws that would prevent implementation
> extensions from addressing it using DSSSL features. But I don't think
> the flow objects defined in the standard were directly intended to deal
> with this degree of imposition.

A while back I worked for a company that needed this sort of functionality. I
wrote a series of programs that read conforming PostScript files and manipulated
them in various ways (e.g., reverse the order of pages, construct "printer pairs",
construct "reader pairs", produce n-up pages, etc.) There is commercial software
that will read PostScript and do this imposition stuff for you. I wouldn't try to
do it in DSSSL.


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