Price When Reviewed: 199
Pros: Leaves original XPress and Acrobat files untouched, so the same document can be easily imposed in different ways.
Cons: Imposer Pro for InDesign is no longer available.
Quark Print Collection is based on impositioning technology developed by A Lowly Apprentice Productions (ALAP) – which Quark acquired at the end of 2005 – and is comprised of four components.
Imposer for QuarkXPress is an XTension that imposes layout pages into printer flats. When used in conjunction with MarkIt, Imposer also allows for the placement of custom marks, such as trim lines and registration targets. Item Marks, meanwhile, provides an easy way of making crop marks and registration marks for individual items and pages, while Imposer for Acrobat creates a new PDF from your original multi-page PDF, imposing its pages into printer flats.
Aside from the addition of 6-Up printing support and some minor interface finessing, Print Collection introduces nothing new – it’s essentially an update to make the ALAP products work with QuarkXPress 7.
However, there is one significant difference: price. The ALAP products were sold individually, costing a total of £517, while the Print Collection is a comparative snip at £199.