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Old 05-12-2008, 06:12 PM   #1
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Default I need some help with InDesign

I'm still learning the program & I'm hoping someone here can help me figure out what I'm doing wrong.

I have made 5 Master Pages (B is a duplicate of the left page of A, C is a duplicate of the right page of A, D is a modification of C -- I increased the top margin to accommodate a text frame with chapter numbers and headings). On page one I applied Master Page D; pages 2-10 are using Master Page A. I pasted about a 7 page section from the original source document (Word), clicked the outport to load up the place cursor and then tried to autoflow the rest of the text onto page 2 etc. The result was that page 2 looks fine, page 3, 5 and all subsequent odd numbered pages are blank, page 4, 6, etc. have the autoflowed text, but in text frames echoing the smaller (and in the wrong place) text frame on Master Page D instead of the Master text frames that are on Master Page A (i.. the "default" ones created according to the single column/margins when I set up the document).


Any assistance would be appreciated!! (and I hope I haven't posted in the wrong place.
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Old 05-13-2008, 12:42 AM   #2
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Hi Michelle

Although I use InDesign a lot I still don't thoroughly understand the quirks of flowing text from page to page. Why, for example, will it autoflow 200 pages into a file and then suddenly stop? However here's a couple of tips that might help:

When creating the document in the new document dialog check 'Master Text Frame'. I've never bothered to find out what that means but, if it's checked, then text seems to autoflow - if it's not checked then it doesn't.

If text isn't flowing appropriately then select 'show text threads' from the view menu and click on a text frame with the arrow pointer. Then you'll be able to see how the text is flowing and you can change the flow by clicking on the start point of one of the thread lines and clicking in the frame you want it to flow to. There's a good explanation of this in the help file - search for 'text threads'.

I'm sure somebody will be able to give you a better explanation of your problem but maybe this will help in the meantime.

   
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Old 05-13-2008, 04:19 AM   #3
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Michelle,

I don't have InDesign, but I have encountered this type problem with PagePlus. I got around it by using text insert instead of pasting.

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Old 05-13-2008, 05:18 AM   #4
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Hi, Michelle — welcome to the forum.

Is there some reason you do not use Place (in the File menu) rather than pasting?

It is generally more reliable, and I think it works better with autoscrolling.

Let us know how you fare.

   
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Good point Kathleen. I missed the fact that Michelle was pasting the text.

   
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Old 05-14-2008, 03:15 PM   #6
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Mike:

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I missed the fact that Michelle was pasting the text
InDesign (for Windows) has explicit instructions about importing stuff from Word; it also tells you what Word features are not imported.

   
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Old 05-14-2008, 04:46 PM   #7
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I have had similar problems with multiple master pages. It's hard to get a true autoflow. I just apply the desired master to each page, either by multiple selection, or drag & drop
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Old 05-23-2008, 07:58 AM   #8
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Hi, Michelle — welcome to the forum.

Is there some reason you do not use Place (in the File menu) rather than pasting?

It is generally more reliable, and I think it works better with autoscrolling.

Let us know how you fare.
I've had a similar experience; Place is often far more efficient than Paste

   
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