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Frequently Asked Questions2016-10-15T15:21:06+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I rotate an image?2019-01-24T23:49:50+00:00

Both barcodes and images can be rotated in 90 degree increments in the Variable Data module.

Can I move the content on my PDF file 5 mm to the right?2018-09-24T16:23:09+00:00

Yes, the easiest way is to open your file in the PDF Toolbox. Switch to the Position Tab. Enter your desired direction and distance. Click the Process button. This option is available in versions and above.

How can I create two copies of my numbered docket book?2018-09-24T20:52:54+00:00

Typically, you would impose only one copy and then enter 2, for example, in your print application to print two copies. However, if you are printing from different trays, or for some reason need two copies of each page, begin by opening the PDF Toolbox. Then Select the pdf file via the Select File(s) button, located underneath the file-list view on the PDF Tab. When the file appears in the list select it and click the Duplicate button to the right of the list-view. Then select the Merge-Consecutive option. Finally click the Process button. This option is available in versions and above.

Can I create barcodes in Pyxis Imposed?2018-05-08T20:50:32+00:00

Yes, you can create a once off barcode or you can generate barcodes dynamically via a number range, or you can import a spreadsheet and choose a column or columns to convert to barcodes.

Can I merge images with a PDF in Pyxis Imposed?2018-05-08T20:48:16+00:00

Yes. This is done using the variable data module. ‘Image Keys’ can be typed directly or imported via a spreadsheet. The user simply enters the ‘image key’ in a text field and then chooses an image to be placed when this key is found. An ‘image key’ can be any string of text.

Can I convert a PDF to an image in Pyxis Imposed?2019-01-24T23:48:00+00:00

Yes, you can convert a multi-page pdf into single images. Note that as all content is flattened and rasterized, there may be some colour shift. In addition another option to re-wrap a pdf is also available. This option will convert the PDF to an image, then create a new pdf file from that image. This may be a worthwhile option when a pdf is failing to print, for example. Both options are available via the PDF Toolbox -> PDF Tab.

Can I convert an image to a PDF in Pyxis Imposed?2018-05-08T20:37:18+00:00

Yes, you can convert image types of PNG, JPG, TIF and PSD to PDFs of any size within the valid rage of a PDF file (approx. 5M square).

Can I scale a PDF in Pyxis Imposed?2018-05-08T20:33:53+00:00

Yes, you can scale PDFs up and down to any size with the valid maximum range for a PDF file, which is just over 5m square!

Can I increment both letters and numbers?2018-05-08T20:31:55+00:00

Yes. Since version (inclusive) you can now number from A001 to Z100, by setting the values for 26 sets of 100 with ‘rolling letters’.  Multiple letters can be incremented in the same fashion.  Letters can be incremented from either the left most letter or the right most letter. For example, AAAA0001, to AAAB0001 OR AAAA0001 to BAAA0001.

Is there a Cloud Based Version of Pyxis ClockIn?2018-01-06T23:46:23+00:00

Yes, since January 2018 a new cloud-based version is available. Note that this version requires an external database. This can be in the cloud (on-line) on running on a computer on the local network.

How long after the work week ends before the working time report is emailed?2017-03-20T12:21:30+00:00

Depending on the number of employees, this should only take one to two minutes. If the week ends on a Friday, for example, the report will be emailed immediately after midnight on Friday night / Saturday morning.

I note that the Payroll Manger can automatically receive the weekly working time report. Is it possible to send a copy to another email address?2017-03-20T12:20:29+00:00

Yes. The application can send a BCC (blind carbon copy) to a second email address, if required.

What if the owner forgets or fails to take note of days off; is there any reminder?2017-03-20T12:19:59+00:00

Yes, the system issues a weekly email on Wednesdays listing any days-off that are due to be taken the following two weeks. Note that this means there is always a one week overlap.

How does the business owner / manager know if an employee enters / requests time off, such as annual leave?2018-01-08T12:40:18+00:00

Each day the application will compile and send an email to the owner / manager listing any days-off requested (or existing days-off deleted by employees) during the previous 24 hours.

How does PyxisClock:In account for Annual Leave days?2017-03-20T12:18:09+00:00

Each employee can enter their own annual leave days up to a given number of NOTICE days before that holiday. The number of days notice is entered by the administrator. This can be set to 14, for example. This means that each employee will have to give two weeks notice. Note that in addition to Annual Leave, employees can also choose, various other ‘day-types’, including unpaid days. When an employee enters ‘days-off requests’, a notice is shown to the employee stating that any days off are subject to management approval.

I have two employees with the same name. Will this be a problem?2017-03-20T12:14:40+00:00

No. Each new employee entered is given a unique ID. Even if all your employees had the same name, they would still be unique to the application!

I lost my Administrator password. How can I log in?2017-03-20T12:13:53+00:00

The initial default password for Pyxis Clock:In is Password. This should always be changed when you first setup the application. If you loose this new admin password and cannot remember what it was, please contact support who will help you re-set it, without losing any data.

What happens if there is a power-cut or the computer quits accidentally?2017-03-20T12:13:08+00:00

The data is always saved to disk. The application will re-start exactly where is was when the computer quit. All employees who where clocked-in when the computer shut-down will be still clocked-in when the application is launched after the re-start.

Is there any limit to the number of employees?2017-03-20T12:11:10+00:00

The number of employees is not limited in the application. However, if a lot of people are clocking in at the same time, you may need to install the application on several computers to avoid queueing. Each licence allows two instances of the application to be installed, subject to terms and conditions (notably, both instances of the application must be installed for the same business / company).

Can I change an incorrect time?2017-03-20T12:10:22+00:00

The administrator can edit any / all times.

How do I account for public holidays?2017-03-20T12:09:30+00:00

The administrator can enter Day Types (including Public Holidays) for one or all employees simultaneously.

Can it be setup to email monthly reports?2017-03-20T12:07:51+00:00

No. Pyxis Clock:In will only email weekly reports, based on the day of the week. However, manual reports can be generated to cover any time period.

How much does Pyxis Clock:In cost?2017-03-20T12:06:40+00:00

Pyxis Clock:In is available on an annual subscription basis. See the Shop section for more details.

How do I know if my Apple computer has an Intel processor?2017-03-20T12:03:26+00:00

Click on the Apple icon on top left. Click the first item in the list that appears (About this Mac). Processor type will be displayed. However, if you do have a Mac with a PowerPC processor, please send us an email. If even a small number of requests are made for a PowerPC version, of PyxisProfit we can make one available.

What operating systems are supported?2017-03-20T12:02:55+00:00

PyxisClock:In is available for both Windows and Apple computers. The application can be installed on all recent Windows platform computers. PyxisClock:In can be installed on Apple computers with Intel processors 10.8+.

How do I get a trial version?2017-03-20T12:02:10+00:00

A 30 day trial version is available from the Downloads page. There are several links, including one on the Pyxis Clock:In main menu.

I receive an Error E1319 from time to time on my version of Pyxis Invoicing. What does this mean?2017-02-22T10:02:14+00:00

The quick solution is to update to the latest version on this website. This Error was reported on Windows 10 computers and related to the application failing to replace or over-write an existing document during an update process. From versions and above, if the application fails to replace an existing document for any reason, it will append a number surrounded by brackets. For example INVOICE 350.pdf will become INVOICE 350_(1).pdf. Regardless of the Windows version you are using, if you see the above Error message displayed at any time, or any error that indicates that the file is ‘being used by another process’ or ‘open in another application’ we recommend updating to the latest version on this website.

My Windows User Interface is great but very dark. Is there a lighter colour version?2017-02-15T15:29:37+00:00

Yes, at the bottom of the main window on Pyxis Invoicing there is a Dark and Light option. Select the Light option and then relaunch the application!

My application shows a Dollar symbol instead of a Euro. Can I change this?2017-02-09T15:57:04+00:00

Yes. The currency symbol displayed relates the area in the world your computer thinks you are! Anyway, on a Mac this is typically set under System Preferences and choose your time zone under the Date & Time settings. If you are using a Windows machine, search for LOCALE and that should bring you to the correct page. You will usually choose Settings then Time and Language and then Region and Language or similar. And choose your country as your primary region. You may need to restart your machine.

Can I record purchases with Pyxis Invoicing?2017-02-09T15:39:13+00:00

Yes, since version 3.5 a Purchases Module is included at no extra cost with all single user versions of Pyxis Invoicing. With this very easy to use module you can add unlimited suppliers, invoices, credit notes and payments. Reports can be exported as PDF or CSV file types.

Can I email statements with Pyxis Invoicing?2017-01-20T20:08:46+00:00

Yes. All of the documents created by Pyxis Invoicing can be emailed from its Emailer module. These include statements, invoices, credit notes, delivery notes and receipts. You can create a default body email that will be merged automatically with the customer’s details and the document name being emailed.

Can I create a receipt?2017-01-20T20:05:40+00:00

Yes, when you enter a payment, note a small Receipt button underneath the payment Insert button. Click this to create a receipt. It will automatically open in the Emailer module from where you can email or print it.

I need to use a Delivery Note. Is this possible?2017-01-20T20:01:13+00:00

Yes, you can create and email or print your own custom Delivery Note. An icon with a small delivery truck is located the user interface next to the Create Invoice buttons. After you create or open your invoice, simply click this button and your delivery note will automatically open in the Emailer module from where you can print or email it.

Can I backup my data?2017-01-20T18:09:25+00:00

Yes, you can quickly backup and restore data as necessary. To create a backup, select the Preferences tab. Then near the bottom of this view, simply click the Backup Database button. Choose a folder to save the backup and click the Save button.  All stationary files and data entered is backed-up to the selected location. A message will display to the right of the button showing the date and time of the backup.

Restoring data is the reverse of this process. Click the Restore button. This will open a Dialog enabling you to select the folder that contains the backup. After you select Open, a message will be displayed notifying you that the application will automatically quit when all data is restored. A spinning icon will appear on the user-interface during the restoration process. Pyxis Invoicing will quit when the process is complete. You will then need to manually re-launch the application.

Can I edit the column widths of my statement?2017-01-20T17:58:19+00:00

Yes, you can edit the widths heights, colours, etc., of each document.  Simply launch the Design view by clicking the Design button near the top left corner of the user interface. Then open the document you with to edit. You can then select the item you with to edit by clicking on it. Resize handles will appear. You can then use these handles to resize the item. Click the Save button when you are finished.

Can I add a logo to my Invoice?2017-01-20T17:54:36+00:00

Yes, you can add png type images to your business stationary, including invoices.  You can then scale the image to size after placing it on your stationary. To do this, open the Design view via the Design button located near the top left corner of the user interface. When the design view opens, select the document you wish to edit, by opening it using the Open button located near the top left of the Design view. Then click the Image button. Click on the document where you wish to place the image. A dialog will open enabling you to select the desired image. Then click OK. You can then resize and move the image into position. Note that the png image format supports transparency.

Can I enter invoices from my invoice docket book?2017-01-20T17:49:01+00:00

Yes. Go to the Enter Transactions tab, near the bottom left of the user interface. Then under the Enter Invoice sub-tab, choose the invoice, date, enter a description and the total invoice amount, together with the invoice number. Then click the Enter Invoice button.

How do I begin issuing invoices from a specific number?2017-01-20T17:32:32+00:00

Enter the number you wish to start from the Invoice Number field found under the Enter Transactions -> Enter Invoice Tab. Then proceed and enter your Invoice line items as usual. When entering the first line item you will need to confirm you wish to use your selected start number.

Is there a trial available?2017-01-20T17:28:22+00:00

Yes, Pyxis Invoicing is available on a 30 day trial for both Windows PC and Apple Mac computers.

What is the cost of Pyxis Invoicing Support?2017-01-20T16:56:53+00:00

Currently, support is FREE.

What is Pyxis Invoicing2017-01-20T14:54:19+00:00

Pyxis Invoicing is a software application that enables users to easily keep track of sales. It is used to create invoices, statements, credit notes, delivery dockets and receipts. Versions are available for both Windows PC and also, Apple Mac computers.

Is there a Free Trial?2016-10-06T20:37:42+00:00

Yes, a 30 day fully functional trial is available.

Follow the link below (the download area is on the bottom left of that page).

How Much does Pyxis Calendar Cost?2016-10-06T20:34:04+00:00

Prices for both PC and Mac products are available on the SHOP page.

I would like to use custom fonts. Can I use fonts from my system?2016-10-06T20:32:35+00:00

We are developing this as an option and it will be available in a future release. In the meantime, if you need to use specific fonts, we can develop a custom version of Pyxis Calendar with your fonts pre-loaded. Note that it is your responsibility to ensure you are licensed to use these fonts.

Can I make a Year Planner?2016-10-06T20:32:01+00:00

Yes, a single page year planner can be created to any size up to 5.75m square!.  The typical year planner will have a single line per month. Note that this option can be used with larger borders, to create a popular sponsor type year planner. In this instance you might create a border of sponsors in a separate application, export this as a PDF and then select this file in Pyxis Calendar via the Logo section. You would set the borders in Pyxis Calendar to allow for the size of this sponsor PDF. We will include a Video of this in the Video Tutorials section.

An alternative option is to create a month year planner, where months are placed side by side to form rows from left to right. With this option, use small or no borders, as you may get un-expected results.

Can I Make by a Magazine type Calendar?2016-10-15T15:21:07+00:00

Yes, there are two options: with and without images. Note that in order to create a magazine calendar with images, you must have 12 images of suitable type, in your selected image folder.

Can I add an extra Line of text above the image on my calendar?2016-10-15T15:21:07+00:00

Yes, this text will be common to all pages. It can be entered to the desired colour, font, size and alignment as entered on the bottom section of the Images tab.

I note a LOGO option on the user interface. What is this?2016-10-15T15:21:07+00:00

You can optionally add a logo, or indeed any other piece of art to your calendar. These can be an image of type JPG, PNG, BMP, PSD or TIF (or TIFF) or a PDF file.  Note that images will be scaled in proportion dictated by the Max Width and Max Height field values entered. However, if you choose a PDF file, it will be placed at the original size. So if the selected file is of type PDF, it will need to be pre-sized to the dimensions required before import.

Note also that if the PDF is a multi-page file, each page will be added in turn. For example, if your PDF has 12 pages, page 1 will be added to January, page 2 to February, and so on . . . This feature enables the adding of sponsor information, for example to each calendar page. If the PDF has six pages for example, these pages will be added from January to June and then repeat from July to December. This feature can also be used to add mini Previous and Next months to a calendar.

Can I save my calendar?2016-10-15T15:21:07+00:00

Yes an unlimited number of calendars can be created and saved and re-opened later. Remember that any linked images must remain where they were when linked.

What sizes are supported?2016-10-06T20:28:07+00:00

A number of pre-defined A-Sizes, in both landscape are available to choose – from A5 to SRA2. You can create any custom size. Note that units are metric. The maximum size is determined by the maximum dimensions of a PDF file, which is a little above 5m square. Max size will also be limited by your computer.

Is there an option to filter the public holidays?2016-10-15T15:21:07+00:00

Yes, each ‘special day’ can be given an optional Job Reference which can be later used to filter days. For example, if you are creating a birthday calendar for your friends, you can assign each birthday for that calendar a Job Reference such as FB1. Then if you enter this Job Reference filed before you click the Create PDF button, only ‘special days’ with this reference will be included, together with all days that have no reference. It might be a good idea to enter universal ‘special days’ for your area without any Job Reference, so these will be included in all calendars, and use the Job Reference filter with other custom days.

Do I need to enter all public holidays one by one?2016-10-06T20:27:14+00:00

No, you can import them from a file. Note that this website has pre-prepared special day files for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

My printer needs high resolution artwork. What is this?2016-10-15T15:21:07+00:00

This applies to any images that will be included in your calendar. If you don’t have any images, then you don’t need to worry about this as the calendar will be made up of vectors, mathematical formula that describe all shapes, fonts, etc. in your calendar, and it will print perfectly at any size.

However, if you include images, these need to be of good quality. If they look pixilated on your monitor then do not use them. If your images are good quality, then you should probably choose the HIGH setting on the quality slider. This is ideal for high quality digital printing. If your calendar will be printed on an offset press, then you should choose the MAX setting.

By the way, you should also tick the crop-marks check-box, as your printer will usually expect to see these on the print-ready artwork.

My printer said they need crop marks. Can I include these?2016-10-06T20:24:53+00:00

Yes, simply tick the Crop Marks check-box, and marks will be added at the default 2mm offset with 7.5mm space added to each side of your calendar, ideal for commercial printing.

Do I need to Size images exactly to fit the space?2016-10-15T15:21:07+00:00

No, but it is a good idea to use images (or crop them) to the approximate proportion required. Images will be scaled either up or down, in proportion, from the top left corner to fill the available space.

Can I Make a Calendar Suitable for Wire Binding?2016-10-15T15:21:07+00:00

Yes; there are two options. You could simply export the calendar as Months only as a single PDF file and print and bind that into your final calendar. A more popular option is to place an image above each Month. To do this, simply choose a folder containing 12 images. These images can be of type JPG, PNG, BMP, PSD or TIF (or TIFF). Note that the calendar size you choose will be doubled in height to allow for the image on TOP; so if  you choose and A4 Landscape size, for example, a second A4 Landscape will be imposed above the the month, giving a final calendar size of A3 Portrait.

What is Pyxis Calendar?2016-10-15T15:21:07+00:00

It is a Calendar Maker. Calendar months can be made to your specific dimensions, using your desired grid and colours. And you can add an unlimited number of ‘special days’ by simply selecting the date and then entering a description. These ‘special days’ are automatically placed in the relevant day and highlighted with your chosen colour. Special Days can be whatever you like, such as, public holidays, birthdays, religious days, anniversaries, etc.  Making up a calendar grid manually is prone to errors, and can be time-consuming. Pyxis Calendar simplifies this task

What image sizes do you recommend for Digital Printing?2016-10-15T15:21:07+00:00

Unlike Litho Presses, resolutions of above 220dpi may not produce any increase in quality and may even produce the opposite effect.  Note that it is always a good idea to crop and size images to their print size using a photo editing program, such as Adobe Photoshop.  If you link and export large image files to very small design rectangles, these images will be reduced in size by algorithms either in the export process or during the RIPping process, depending on your working environment. In other words, significant processing will be performed on these images after you have completed your design. In order to reduce this unseen processing to a minimum, you should size and preview images at design stage where you can see and review the outcome. This will also help reduce document file sizes. If you know the line screen frequency being used, the recommended image resolution is LSF x 1.5. For example, if you line screen frequency is 150 the formula is 150 x 105 = 225 – this is the maximum resolution required.

Should I use the Standard option or Variable Data option for numbering?2016-10-04T09:48:33+00:00

File sizes will be smaller when using the standard option. You should only use the Variable Data option if you require the extra functionality it provides. However, if you have a powerful computer with lots of RAM (8GB or above) it wont matter for most jobs.  However do remember that larger file sizes will take longer to process by your RIP software, so keeping file sizes as small as possible is a good idea. As a general rule you should avoid transparency and drop shadows unless you really need them. However, if you do use them, we recommend that you use Adobe Acrobat Professional to flatten your artwork before you impose or merge your document with variable data. You can do this by selecting -> TOOLS -> PRINT PRODUCTION -> PRE-FILGHT -> PDF FIXUPS -> FLATTEN TRANSPARENCY. There are Low, Medium and High quality options. The Low and Medium options will prove satisfactory for most jobs.

Can I control the exact placement of Data Fields when preparing a Variable Data Document?2016-10-04T09:50:07+00:00

Yes, this option became available in January 2016. All versions of Pyxis Imposed and greater include an option to set the exact X Y Location, Width and Height of each data field. These options are located on the bottom left corner of the Layout View.  Update: many new options that assist with field placement have been included with version and above.

Can I use Pyxis Imposed for Variable Data jobs?2016-10-04T09:45:56+00:00

Yes, this option became available in December 2015. All versions of Pyxis Imposed and greater include the Pyxis Variable Data Module.

I have received a warning on my Mac 10.8.2 stating that this is malicious software from an unknown publisher and could damage my computer. Should I be worried?2016-10-15T15:21:07+00:00

No, this message will appear on Macs if you have the highest security setting enabled. In our case this may be appearing because we are not listed in apple app store database of known software publishers. We are registered with Comodo and all of our applications are signed with a current security certificate. If you receive this warning on your Mac, please let us know. We are aware of this message appearing with one user to date. If this affects you, please see the instructions below showing how you can resolve this issue now.

*UPDATE  – We are now registered as an Apple Identified developer and are working towards disabling this warning.

You can bypass this issue by clicking on the apple icon in the top left, click on system preferences and then click on the Security / Privacy icon. Unlock this setting by clicking the lock icon in the bottom left of this page. Then tick the Anywhere Radio Button. You can then go ahead and install the application.  After you have Pyxis Imposed Digital installed and working, we recommend that you return to this view and check the Mac App Store and Identified Developers radio button, and click the Lock icon.

Can I number a two sided ticket, with numbers on the front of the ticket only?2016-09-03T19:42:26+00:00

If your document has more than one page, a ‘Two Sided’ check-box will appear in the numbering section. Simply tick this box and page two will be imposed as the second page. Alternatively, you can enter the number of the page to be numbered, followed by the page number that you would like to use as the back page in the page range field. If you enter 2,1 in this field, page 2 will be numbered and page 1 will be imposed as the reverse page of your ticket.  Alternatively, if you use the Variable Data Module, you can place an unlimited number of numbers on any page you wish in the original document. Have a look at the video tutorial section for more details.

When I choose Booklet imposition on a job with two A4 pages, the imposed file has an extra A3 sheet as if the original had 4 A4 pages. Why is this?2016-09-03T19:38:15+00:00

Pyxis Imposed requires a minimum of 4 pages to impose a booklet. If you try to impose a file with less pages, two for example, the application will automatically add two additional pages at the same size as the original. If you click impose with one page document open, 3 further pages will be added.

What does the ‘Document per Sheet’ option mean?2016-09-03T19:37:39+00:00

Only active when un-stacked numbers are chosen, this option allows for the repetition of sets of a number sequence on the same output sheet. For example, if you wished to number an A4 docket book, with 3 DL dockets per page, tick the un-stacked check box and enter the number 2 in the Document per Sheet field. This would allow you print 2 docket books on an A3 sheet, or if you entered 4, you could output 4 docket books on an A2 sheet. Check-out the numbering video tutorials for details.

Can I prevent the page from automatically rotating for best fit?2016-09-03T19:35:00+00:00

Yes, simply check the tick-box next to the selected document output sheet. You will notice a red no-rotate icon appears. Simply un-tick to enable auto best-fit rotation.

I would like to used specific horizontal and vertical gutters – Is this possible?2016-09-03T19:34:23+00:00

October 2015. Yes, since version published on October 21 2015, you can now set horizontal and vertical gutters to an exact value.

Can I number each page in a large original file?2016-09-03T19:33:36+00:00

October 2015. Yes this is now possible. Simply tick the Consecutive Numbering check-box and place your number as usual.  December 2015. You now have additional options via the Variable Data Module. See the relevant video tutorials.

What is the maximum number of numbers I can place on my artwork?2016-09-03T19:32:46+00:00

Note that you can place unlimited numbers via the VARIABLE DATA MODULE. Separately you can place unlimited numbers, two at a time, via the main window. So you simply need to run your job through the application multiple times. You can use a different style and rotation for each pass. Single sided numbered jobs can be stacked, using a combination of the Proofing and Stacking options. Please refer to the video tutorial section for more information.

Is it possible to allow for page creep when imposing magazines or booklets?2016-10-15T15:21:09+00:00

Yes. This feature was introduced first in version  Creep is applied based on the finished sheet size (example 8.5in or A4) and the paper thickness (lb or gsm). Single sheet creep can also be applied; especially useful when a single heavy card needs to be scored after printing, for example. (Update March 31 2014). Note that creep is entered separately in 4-up head-to-head jobs. After clicking the 4-up button, enter the value in the creep field that appears.

Can I pay with cheque?2016-09-03T19:27:37+00:00

Yes, please post to the address listed in the contact section. You can also pay by EFT.

I clicked on the Registration button but don’t see where I can insert the 20 digit licence key?2016-10-15T15:21:09+00:00

The licence input view will not appear or be enabled until the application is first registered. So please register first, then the Licence key input view will automatically appear when you click the Registration button, and the Activate Licence or Update Licence button will be active. Note that the username and password you create can be used to register any Pyxis application.

How do I an application purchase?2016-10-15T15:21:09+00:00

You can pay on this site with a standard credit card.  In addition, you can also opt to send payment via the Postal system to the address in the Contact Us section. Alternatively, you can choose to pay directly via on-line banking. Please contact us for our Banking details. When payment is received by Pyxis, the server will automatically forward you a download link containing the latest release.  You will separately receive an email containing a 20 digit validation code. To activate or update your licence, click on the Registration button which is is labelled as ‘R’ or ‘REG’ depending on the application. If you have not previously registered the application you are invited to enter a username and password.  If you have registered any other Pyxis application, you can enter the previously created username and password.  After successfully entering a username and password a second window will open invitingWhen the registration view opens, enter the 20 digit licence key and click the Validate Licence or Update Licence button. Only the relevant button will be displayed. After the trial, if you plan to continue using the application, the best value is to set up an annual subscription payment via Paypal. NOTE: the price you start out with is fixed. If you choose to pay via any other means, the cost may be higher, as the price continues to increase to cover the cost of developing new features.

What types of imposition are supported?2016-09-03T19:23:57+00:00

Pyxis Imposed Digital is designed to simplify the task of preparing jobs for print. Its functionality can be divided into the following categories.

1. Standard Imposition : Using the default settings, Pyxis Imposed will duplicate the imported artwork to fit the maximum number on an Tabloid or SRA3 sheet (depending on you choice of measurement units). Each page in the original document will be imposed onto a new sheet until all original pages have been imposed. If the original file contained 3 different business cards, your imposed document will have 3 pages, each containing a multiple of the original file. The pages is automatically rotated for best fit.

2. Booklet : Using the default booklet settings, Pyxis Imposed will automatically detect the spine bleed area for popular metric sizes (A4, A5 and A6) and create an imposed booklet file with outer bleed. Auto spine bleed for ‘inch’ sizes will be added in a future release. For other sizes, the user can enter the spine crop-bleed area. (Since version spine bleed is detected for all sizes). (Nov 2014) Following two recent requests for 4-up, head to head impositions, this feature has now been added. This is a powerful extra module with a new Smart Impose feature that will automatically impose a two up cover when the number of pages in the original file is divisible by 4 but not by 8. (Currently available for Mac only, this feature will be available for PC very soon (November 08 2014).

3. Impose Pages Consecutively : This option is ideal for proofing. All pages from the original file opened in Pyxis Imposed are placed one after other until all pages are imposed. For example, a file containing 5 business card proofs would be imposed as a single page. Note that Pyxis Imposed is designed not to waste any space. When those 5 cards have been placed, the application will fill any remaining space by duplicating the proofs until the imposed sheet is full.

4. Numbering : This is where you will see the real power of Pyxis Imposed. Simply open the original pdf file to be numbered. Enter a start number and quantity required. Then, position either one or two numbers and click Impose. The application determines how to arrange the numbers, depending on whether you have chosen stacked, un-stacked numbering options, and the selected output sheet size you have selected. And with the logic module, introduced in 2015, the application will automatically update repeat number jobs.

5. Impose with Sign Crops: Add border crops of any length and weight to simplify finishing sign jobs, in particular. You can obviously use this feature with any kind of job.

6. Impose to Roll. Update March 10 2014. You can now simply choose the roll width and the number of copies required. Pyxis imposed will determine what it believes is the best value area, based on the number of units entered. Occasionally you may wish to override this by inputting your own custom size (both width and height). [Update March 24 2014] The algorithm for standard imposition to roll has been improved to better conserve media.

7. Variable Data. December 2015. You can now import and merge any CSV file with unlimited fields. It is possible to merge columns in imported files and even to merge imported columns with custom text. Check out the variable data videos for the details.

I would like to place numbers at 90 degrees. Is this possible?2016-09-03T19:22:38+00:00

Yes, you can rotate numbers in increments of 90 degrees, clockwise or counter-clockwise.

What fonts can I choose from?2016-10-04T09:50:37+00:00

Two fonts are available in the Main Pyxis Imposed User Interface, a serif font (Times) and a sans serif font (Helvetica). Standard, bold and italic options are available.

However, you can import and use custom.ttf fonts within the Variable Data Module.

For numbered jobs, what colours are available?2016-10-04T09:51:15+00:00

Eleven colours, including black, are available to choose from. These are: cyan, magenta, yellow, gray, red, green, blue, purple, orange and white. Custom colours will be added in the next release. However, you can create any CMYK colour within the VARIABLE DATA Module.

Can I import an image?2016-10-15T15:21:09+00:00

Options to convert jpg, png, tiff, bmp and psd image files to PDFs have been released with version  of Pyxis Imposed as part of the Pyxis PDF Toolbox module. You can choose the destination dimensions of the PDF, optionally choose borders and choose from 4 image quality settings. In addition you can fit the complete image into the PDF or fill the space available in proportion.

Fonts are not displaying correctly in my preview area. What should I do?2016-09-03T19:17:01+00:00

The preview is designed to show crops and numbering in their exact locations. We have decided to sacrifice a detailed preview for speed. Even though fonts or transparency may not render correctly in the preview area, your crop marks and numbers will be correct and the fonts and transparency should be perfect in the final imposed pdf. Of course, you should always examine the final pdf to reassure yourself that it is as it should be. As a point of information, Pyxis Imposed doesn’t change the original pdf, apart from cropping. Numbers are added to a new under-layer or over-layer within the existing pdf. These pdfs are then combined into the new Pyxis Imposed file.

The preview has been enhanced in Pyxis Imposed XD – all versions above

Can I impose two jobs at the same time?2016-10-15T15:21:09+00:00

Two jobs of the same dimensions can be combined using the Pyxis PDF Toolbox available with all versions of Pyxis Imposed above   First combine the jobs, then impose them as desired. If for example, the job contained 2 business cards and you wised to print them on an SRA3 with one type of cards on the left and the other on the right, you could simply impose each card onto an SRA4 sheet  and then combine the two imposed SRA4 sheets into one document and then IMPOSE this document onto and SRA3 sheet, with the PROOF radio button checked. There are many other options . . .

How do I impose 2 types of business cards on the same sheet?2016-10-15T15:21:09+00:00

Providing they are in the same file, simply tick the Proof radio button. If there are two pages in the original PDF file, they will be imposed one after the other until the output sheet is full. If there are more than two pages in the original file, enter the pages you wish to have imposed in the Page Range field.

Another option to impose 2 lots of cards in the same file is to choose an output sheet of half the size of the final sheet. Check the Impose radio button. Click impose. Now you will have two pages in your imposed file, each at half the size of the final output sheet you need. Save these with a different name, something like half sheet imposed.

Next choose the full size sheet as your output sheet size.

Open the ‘half sheet imposed’ file and tick the Proof radio button. Click Impose.

And you will have both business cards, divided into two equal parts. This latter option can make final trimming to size a little more straightforward. This is a personal choice.

The second option can also be used in conjunction with the Bleed Settings to include vertical gutter space, sometimes useful when imposing for a litho printing press.

My docket book jobs take a long time to process after I press print. Can I do anything to speed this up?2016-10-15T15:21:09+00:00

Yes. Most time is lost while the pdf is being flattened. This will be especially noticeable with jobs that contain drop shadows or transparency, or both.  So, one option is not to use transparency or drop shadows if possible!  If you do need to use either of the above, you can flatten the transparency in Adobe Acrobat professional. Go to Tools > Print Production > Pre Flight > PDF Fix-ups > Flatten Transparency. There are options for low, medium and high resolution flattening. In the case of a docket book, low resolution should be fine.  Another factor to keep in mind is the size of your images. Keep these as small as possible. When exporting your file from your design application, there may be an option to down-sample your images. For a docket book, you could down-sample these to 200 dpi without any noticeable loss of quality. Overall, if you can flatten the original pdf file before it is imposed, each process, including printing, should be significantly faster. While these guidelines should work for most jobs, it is always a good idea to print a sample docket to reassure yourself that the chosen settings produce the required results.

I want to number a docket book. Where do I enter the number of parts; for example 2 parts?2016-09-03T19:13:41+00:00

Duplicating the sheet for each part of a docket book would simply increase the file size with little advantage. Simply choose the number of copies in Adobe Acrobat or in your default PDF document application, before you press print!  Don’t forget to select ‘Group’, or similar from your print driver.  Note that it is a good idea to tick the Reverse Page Order check-box in Pyxis Imposed before imposing your docket book. In this way you can choose ‘Face Up’ or similar option in your print driver. As the last sheet will be printed first (the same as on a conventional printing press), the pages will be in the correct order when the print job is complete. The ‘Face-Up’ option can be a better choice than the alternative face-down, on many print devices, as it can help eliminate problems caused by sheet curl.

Some fonts appear to crash the Variable Data module. Are there any recommended fonts?2016-10-15T15:21:09+00:00

We are working on improvements for this feature. However, this is really a matter of trial and error on your part. Probably best to simply import any licensed fonts you have and try them out. Note that you can only use True Type Fonts for the moment (font_name.ttf). You might also check the imported variable data for any unusual characters or glyphs, and perhaps remove these items. Note that imported fields can be edited after importing, by double clicking on any field in the table in the Import View. If the module runs for a while and then crashes, it might be just one line in the imported file that is crashing the system. If you click on any filed in the design view, you may be able to see the record that is causing the difficulty.

I am using version I mostly use the Variable Data Module. I would like better control over positioning of the fields, to aid the visual placement.2016-10-04T09:46:45+00:00

Pyxis Imposed versions and above include such options. You can set the X and Y coordinate of each field, in addition to the width and height. Note that since version (August 2016) you have new Field Control options, with many new settings.

Can I impose an A3 magazine 4-up?2016-09-03T19:10:48+00:00

There is no limitation to file dimensions up the the maximum size of any pdf, which is just above 5m square. Note that the Output Sheet Size is ignored when imposing either a 2UP or 4UP magazine. The Output Sheet Size is determined by the size of the pages, bleed, creep and gutter of the file being imposed.

Can I impose a 4-up magazine and add crop marks and bleed to an original with neither?2016-09-03T19:10:21+00:00

Yes, you can do this for any imposition type. However, please note that this is a two step process. After opening your document, tick the Std. Marks and Grow Art check-boxes. You might like to test the default grow-art value, increasing or decreasing as necessary. It is important to choose an Output Sheet that is a little larger than that imported, so the new enlarged document will fit! When you are satisfied that the new document has the necessary bleed, close this pdf and open it in Pyxis Imposed. Then choose your desired imposition type, including 4-up Imposition.

Can I change the page order of my 4-up magazine during imposition?2016-09-03T19:09:46+00:00

Yes, this option is available since version Simply enter the page order needed in the Page Range field. It is even possible to duplicate pages. For example, if you have an 8pp booklet where the outside back cover is page 1, simply enter 2-8,1 in the page range field and page 2 will be imposed as the outside front cover with page 1 as the outside back cover. If you have one blank page as the inside front cover in a 7pp document and you wish to use this page as the inside back cover (giving you a total of 8 pages), simply enter 1-6,2,7 in the page range field.

Since I updated to version it appears to be running slowly. Is there anything I can do to speed it up?2016-09-03T19:09:10+00:00

Shut down as many other applications as possible. If your application continues to run slowly, probably best to use the previous version. Note that all versions numbered 3.5 and above install as a separate application, so the earlier version is still on your computer. Versions 3.5 and above are named Pyxis Imposed XD. Earlier version names did not include the XD. The XD refers to the eXtra Variable Data module. Note that the specs page recommends a minimum of 8GB RAM for any version. However, we have customers using the latest pre -XD version ( with 2GB RAM without any issues. Note also that the Standard and XD versions continue to be available on the download page.

I note that the crop values automatically entered to reduce white space are not always enough as I have to increase these values to fit the maximum number per sheet.2016-09-03T19:08:01+00:00

Pyxis Imposed version, published on Feb 24 2016 contains improved logic to reduce further the white space around imported PDFs regardless of origin. Up to this version, this feature best supported PDFs created in Adobe InDesign.

I need to impose a 4-up magazine with head to head imposition, can Pyxis Imposed do this?2016-09-03T19:07:25+00:00

Yes. Since version a powerful extra module has been added that enables 4-up, head to head impositions, with a single click. Note that the Output Sheet size has no bearing on any booklet imposition, either 2-up or 4-up.

Users in the USA and Canada should note that this new feature has two important variables, paper-weight and gutter width. For now these are expected as GSM and mm, respectively. So you will need to convert your inches and LBS to these units.

Where do I enter the number of rows and columns?2016-10-15T15:21:09+00:00

Pyxis Imposed uses a type of AI (artificial intelligence) module that will automatically figure out the number of rows and columns that will best fit the output size selected. However if you need extra space between rows or columns you can do this by ticking the Border Marks check box under the Bleed Settings heading (bottom left). Set the Border Marks length to zero, but enter a value in the bleed area. This value is added to each side of the item being imposed. However if you only need extra space on the right and left sides, for example, you can trim off the top and bottom amount by entering this value into the Crop Settings left and right fields.

NEW * All versions above 3.0 now include a Fixed Gutter option where you can enter the the desired gutter values for rows and columns. You may also need to check the Fixed Rotation check-box to prevent the output from rotating for best fit. The Fixed Gutter value is entered in the Crop Settings area via the FG button. To set fixed rotation, tick the check-box next to the Output Sheet Size selection field.

Sometimes when I process PDFs that contain blank pages the rotating icon just spins and spins and nothing happens. Can I solve this?2016-09-03T19:06:12+00:00

Pyxis Imposed version, published on Feb 24 2016 contains extra logic that resolves this issue. It happens when some PDF plugins generate blank pages with no content stream.

I live in the UK. Is there a version available for my area?2016-09-03T19:05:15+00:00

Pyxis Imposed will work throughout the Euro Area. However, it is only available in English at present. Additional language versions are planned for late 2013 and 2014.

How much does Pyxis Imposed cost?2016-09-03T19:03:37+00:00

Since the beginning of 2015, Pyxis Imposed is available for an ongoing annual subscription fee. Check the Pricing link in this menu for details. If you have a previous fully paid version, you can update to any version less than 3.0 for no additional cost. However, if you wish to update to any version 3.0 or above, please contact us for details.

I live in the United States. Is there a trial version for my area?2018-05-08T20:24:15+00:00

No. You will need to convert all measurements to mm for now. A previous version was enabled for both metric and inch (imperial) sizes. However, we are planning a separate version for the USA and Canada.

How do I know if my Apple computer has an Intel processor?2016-09-03T19:01:07+00:00

Click on the Apple icon on top left. Click the first item in the list that appears (About this Mac). Processor type will be displayed.

What operating systems are supported?2016-09-03T17:00:26+00:00

Pyxis Imposed is available for both Windows and Apple computers. The application can be installed on all recent Windows platform computers. Pyxis Imposed can be installed on most Apple computers with Intel processors.

How do I get a Trial Version?2016-09-03T16:53:50+00:00

A 30 day trial version is available from the downloads section.