Hot Folder Imposition

Imposition Wizard can monitor folders for changes and impose the files when they are added to that folders. You can configure multiple “hot” folders, each having a file name mask and a preset.

This option is only available in Standalone version of Imposition Wizard, so make sure you use it instead of the Acrobat version for hot folders.

Starting Hot Folders Mode

Make sure you run Imposition Wizard in standalone mode (from the Start menu on Windows or from the Applications folder on Mac), then click the File menu and select Hot folders… there. If you don’t see the item there, make sure you use the latest version of Imposition Wizard and that you are not running it from Acrobat. If you see the item disabled, select File → Close PDF first to get to the start screen of Imposition Wizard.

Once done you should see the hot folders imposition interface:

Hot folders imposition interface

It looks quite empty at first, but it will change when we add a hot folder.

Adding a Hot Folder

Let’s do what it asks and add a hot folder by right–clicking the left column and selecting Create Hot Folder from the popup menu:

Hot folder created in Imposition Wizard

You see the “Hot Folder 1” is added to the list and you get a number of options on the right. The options are:

Some of the options need a more detailed explanation:

Source file mask — you can leave it empty to impose all the PDF files that are detected in the source folder. If you put some text there, Imposition Wizard will only impose files that have this text in their names. If you put a star symbol “*” there, Imposition Wizard will use it as a normal file mask.

Output name template — you can leave it empty and the output files will be named by the source files with “_Imposed” suffix added. Otherwise you can provide a naming template in the form of “prefix{name}suffix”. The “{name}” section is replaced with the source file name, the rest is left intact.

Skip existing files — when you start the folders monitoring, Imposition Wizard checks if there are files in that folders already. If this option is enabled, those files are not processed. If the option is disabled, Imposition Wizard will process those file first and then will monitor for further changes.

Overwrite existing files — it the option is enabled and the output file already exists, Imposition Wizard will overwrite it. If the option is disabled, Imposition Wizard will try finding a new name for the output file by adding a number suffix to it.

Delay before processing — Imposition Wizard might detect the new file before the copying process is finished. Imposition of half–copied file will hardly get right, so you may tell Imposition Wizard to wait for a couple of second before processing the new file, to make sure it is properly copied to the source folder.

You can add more hot folders for different presets and other parameters.

Running Hot Folders Processing

Once the hot folders are configured, you can click the Monitor Folders button at the bottom right corner to start the process. Imposition Wizard will start monitoring the folders and automatically impose every file it detects there.

Here’s what it looks like:

Hot folders are being monitored by Imposition Wizard

Again it looks empty, but once you put some files in the monitored folder you get them imposed and the details will be displayed on the screen:

Files in hot folders are being imposed

For every file detected in the hot folder, Imposition Wizard adds a row to the table. The row contains the time (corrected by the delay you provided), the name of the hot folder and its preset, the source and the output file names. The detailed log is displayed below for the selected file.

In case of any issues with the imposition, the row will have an “error” mark and you can check the logs for details:

Imposition errors in hot folder mode

You can click the problem row and inspect the detailed log at the bottom to see if you need to process this file a different way or if it can be left as is.

Finishing Monitoring

Once done, you can stop the monitoring by clicking the Stop button at the bottom right corner of the window. You will get back to the list of hot folders and make some changes, or click Close there to return to the manual imposition mode.

Managing Hot Folders

Imposition Wizard saves the hot folder configuration you made, so the next time you open the hot folders interface, all the folders will be there.

You can add more hot folders by right–clicking the list on the left and selecting Create Hot Folder option. You can also delete the hot folders from that context menu or open their source or output locations.

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