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Adding pages and flowing text

Jan 2, 2013 3:10 AM

Bear with me, as I need to state my problem in Quark terms. (A long-term Quark user and lover, I'm now at the tipping point and actually prefer ID for most things, but this is still foxing me.)

 

I am working with XTags to place text and images on a page. There is a complicated arrangement of linked text frames (24 of them) to enable this to happen. If I have a single page document and import the text, it all flows perfectly. But if I am importing more products than there is room for on a single page, I want InDesign to insert a new page with the same frames.

 

If I put the frames onto a master page (which is what I'd do in Quark) they become 'locked'.  I know how to Override Master Page Items, but I don't want to do that. I want a new page to appear and the text to flow onto it without intervention. This was so easy to do in Quark. I know I'm probably approaching it the wrong way, but I need some help!

 

To summarise, I have 24 linked text frames on a page (to accommodate 12 products and images). If I have 48 products, I want the next 24 to appear on a second page. I don't want to create a multi page document - this is a template and will be re-used over and over, sometimes for a single page, sometimes for many pages. If I need to adjust the positions of the text, I want to do that in a single place and know it will happen throughout the document.

 

Is there any way of doing this?

 

Thanks

Emma

 
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    Jan 2, 2013 5:29 AM   in reply to Cooroo

    As you already know, there are major differences between Quark and ID. In order to help you I think we need to know what the source data looks like -- waht sort of file does it come from?

     
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    Jan 2, 2013 6:26 AM   in reply to Cooroo

    I think you probably need to consult with tech support at Em....

     
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    Jan 2, 2013 6:38 AM   in reply to Cooroo

    It is, when autoflowing text during a normal "Place" operation, but once you start using third-party plugins you need to talk to the plugin developer.

     
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    Jan 2, 2013 7:27 AM   in reply to Cooroo

    I wouldn't go back to Quark for anything if I had a choice, but that's me. I do books in ID about once a year, no problem, and without benefit of any third-party plugins. It sounds to me like your project is more of a catalog, and there are dedicated third-party solutions for that, including one from Em.

     

    I'm pretty sure that waht you want to do is straight-forward, but I have no experience with your plugin so I can't begin to tell you what more you need to do.

     
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