The Imposition, What A Blast
March 21, 2012 12:18 PM Subscribe
Can you help me fake a reader layout/imposition mock-up for a printing project WITHOUT using the hated Excel?
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet to computers & internet (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Although the designers use InDesign, reader layouts are created and passed around in Excel. This is basically a spreadsheet with a bunch of numbered rectangles with different colors to denote editorial, ads, listings. Details are entered with text boxes, like "dining story goes on this page." It's often necessary to move around the ads or change the editorial.
I think Excel is overkill for this, the rectangles always wind up getting off center and it's just a mess trying to go back and forth with text boxes. (Also, I suck at Excel, which is probably the real problem.) Fortunately, my new boss also hates Excel, and has said "if you can come up with anything easier that we can easily mail around, go for it." Again, no actual content flows into this mock-up, so nothing has to be upside down, etc.