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Old 01-31-2005, 09:28 AM   #1
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It has been the conventional wisdom that exporting an InDesign CS document to InDesign Interchange format and reopening the .inx file is a good way of cleaning up an InDesign document and minimizing its file size.

Until this morning, the only known problem with this was that spread-wide guides on the master page would only apply to the left page in the re-opened document.

This morning, I have discovered a rather more serious limitation. If you have a text wrap set up as Detect Edges wrap and you customize it (by adding/deleting/moving points on the wrap) all your customization is lost by the export/re-open process.

I, of course, discovered this the hard way.

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I, of course, discovered this the hard way.
Ouch. And I'll bet it affected a lot more than one little paragraph...

   
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By hard way, I meant that I had to remake a large number of modifications to a wrap -- I hadn't gone to print, so it was just a case of having to do about an hour's worth of rework.

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Well, lucky thing you discovered it before sending it off.

   
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That's god's way of saying don't wrap Dave.
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Luckily it was only an hour, and luckily you spotted it. I never send native files anywhere these days: they're all PDFs. Whilst the format isn't perfect, at least the printer prints from the same file that the client approved!
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I also only send PDFs. But that wouldn't have made any difference here. The PDF would have had the bad wrap in it had I not spotted and fixed it.

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