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Headings across disconnected columns?

Feb 22, 2013 2:22 PM



I'm creating a newsletter template from scratch, and although I'm experienced with using Frame in autoconnect mode for manuals, etc., I'm new to newsletters and disconnected text frames. I have the basics of the template set up, but my client likes his major headings to go across all columns. Heading 1 has a heavy rule above it and it breaks up the articles into nice balanced chunks of information. Unfortunately, their article titles are LONG and they can wrap for several lines, which is unsightly.  I can't figure out a way to accomplish this with the disconnected text frames that are necessary in a newsletter. Going into the Para. Designer and choosing "Across All Columns" does nothing in this instance. Does anyone have a trick for me? Thanks in advance,



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    Feb 22, 2013 2:42 PM   in reply to gbergan52

    Keep in mind that text frames can be sub-divided into columns and that you can also make individual frames appear as columns as well as having those (manually) connected.


    You might want to have a look through the older FM template series publications to get some more ideas, tips & tricks about newsletter layouts wih FM.


    See this one for Newsletters:

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    Feb 22, 2013 9:28 PM   in reply to gbergan52

    So why not just create a separate text frame for only the heading, that spans all three columns, and then connect it (flow wise) to the first column? There's always more than one way to do things in FM...


    I was only illustrating behaviours that not everyone is clear on and made absolutely no suggestions. For a newsletter layout, you should use a background design grid and then create text frames as requried (size and shape) to hold your current content. You can then connect them (frames) up to flow your content from one page to which ever other page that you need it to end on (you could have many different pages in between before connecting the flows).


    One tip for newsletters is to tag (name) your flows using an appropriate (abbreviation) term for each story.

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    Feb 23, 2013 12:28 PM   in reply to gbergan52

    Few folks are more Rah-Rah FrameMaker than me, but I would absolutely 100% be looking at InDesign (which is used for major magazines and newspapers) for sophisticated, automated layout and typography.


    FM rocks for structure, tech comm, referencing and numbering, but not for easy controllable layout features.




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