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The point of two points?

Feb 13, 2012 1:43 PM

Hello,

 

I've been meaning to ask for a long time: I often find myself cycling

through the measurement units (CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-U by default), especially

to switch between pts and mm.

 

Anway, I notice that there seem to be two types of points, or at least,

when you cycle through, to get past pts you have to press twice.

 

So I'm wondering: what is (is there?) a difference between those two

point measurements? What is the difference? How do I know which is

which? What's the real point? What am I asking? Why am I here?

 

No, but seriously. Do you know?

 

Thanks,

Ariel

 

 
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    Feb 13, 2012 2:12 PM   in reply to [Ariel]

    This sounds like one for Ann Marie at InDesign Secrets...

     
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    Feb 13, 2012 2:16 PM   in reply to [Ariel]

    On my system when you run through that way you go through Pixels (which is the same as points) then custom, then real points.

     
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    Feb 13, 2012 2:53 PM   in reply to [Ariel]

    I thnk you're seeinghte Custom units.

     

    Go to the prefs and set your ruler to custom and I bet it shows 12 (the default) which would look just like the reguular points settings.

     
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    Feb 13, 2012 2:58 PM   in reply to [Ariel]

    Maybe you're seeing Postscript points and traditional points, two choices in units preferences that are very similar.

     
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    Feb 13, 2012 3:06 PM   in reply to mpc999

    mpc999 wrote:

     

    Maybe you're seeing Postscript points and traditional points, two choices in units preferences that are very similar.

    No, that governs the spacing of the tick marks in rulers that use points. The custom setting is also points, but changes the number of minor ticks between major lines. If you leave it at twelve, you'll be looking at Pica divisions.

     
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    Feb 13, 2012 3:27 PM   in reply to [Ariel]

    I think tha about sums it up. Custom is useful if you want easy oddball increments to show on the ruler (maybe for colmns of some sort), but it's still just points.

     
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  • John Hawkinson
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    Feb 14, 2012 2:07 AM   in reply to [Ariel]

    If you want to know what unit you have selected, Control-click the intersection of the two rulers.

    Reading this thread it looks like you didn't try that, but maybe I'm wrong.

    It's a moot point anyhow, I guess, if it is even a point.

     
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    Feb 14, 2012 2:17 AM   in reply to John Hawkinson

    John Hawkinson wrote:

     

    If you want to know what unit you have selected, Control-click the intersection of the two rulers.

    That's on Mac, I suppose. In Windows - right click that intersection for context menu.

     
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