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IMPORTANT: ALS for Magazines is not compatible with macOS® 10.15 Catalina and up.

This version of ALS for Magazines, part of the award-winning Page Director® Series, supports macOS® 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra) and 10.14 (Mojave).

Compatible with Adobe’s CC 2018 through CC 2021 versions of InDesign when paired with AdImport, Fido, and Split & Folio Plugins for CC 2018 through CC 2021..

The industry standard, optimized for magazine production. ALS for Magazines gives you the powerful, flexible issue planning and ad layout capabilities you need.

When you have to make critical changes while still considering color locations, form breaks, binding requirements, printing costs, ad-to-edit ratios and advertising commitments, ALS for Magazines is the tool you need. The magazine-optimized version of Cognitive’s Page Director® Ad Layout System keeps the dummying process under control.


Easy ad manifest importing from any front-end system, or from a spreadsheet or database.

Robust ad information management, such as color, type, size, zone, product code, market code, and much more.

Creates documents of multiple sizes and page counts.

Easy management of forms and inserts, from the color, size and placement of each signature, to the exact position of each insert.

Cost calculator for monitoring the cost of setup and press runs as forms are added or changed.

Gets ads to pages using automation tools and/or drag-and-drop placement.

Automatic links to file paths for digital ads.

Quick display of unplaced ads and conflict reports.

Editorial planning tools to manage and balance editorial and advertising requirements.

Advanced color support for managing spot, process, and custom issue colors. Easy editing for placement of zoned ads.

Built-in statistical reports, which can also be exported to spreadsheets or business system.

Completed issues and pages can be opened in InDesign and QuarkXPress.

Accurate automated double-truck and bleed ad placement and export.

System Requirements

Ad Layout System for Magazines 5.9.4

Macintosh computer with Intel processor.

Macintosh OS X 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra), 10.14 (Mojave).


If you are using an older operating system, we have a solution that suits your needs. Contact us via email LINK for more information.

ALS for Magazines layouts can be opened as QuarkXPress or InDesign documents. (You must install ALS XT or Ad Import Plug-in)

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