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Reformatting a book?

Mar 4, 2013 10:40 AM

Tags: #format #styles #book #pagination

I'm using InDesign 5.5 on a Mac (Mac OS X 10.8).

 

I have created a book document contaiing about 30 chapter files. All the chapter files are synchronized.

 

Now I want to reformat the entire book. It is currently 8.5 x 11; I want to reformat it to 5.5 x 8.5. It is also double-spaced; now I want it to be single-spaced. Is there a way to make these changes (paragraph styles and repagination) automatically in one fell swoop, or am I going to have to go in and tweak, or re-place, each of the component files individually?

 
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    Mar 4, 2013 10:53 AM   in reply to hbortman

    To resize the book, switch on "layout adjustment" and change the page

    size in the document setup panel. You'll probably have to do this

    separately for each document, but I usually avoid the book panel, so

    maybe there's a shortcut there I'm unaware of.

     

    To easily change the leading of all the paragraph styles from an old

    value to a new value (as well as changing any related measurements, e.g.

    a subheading which has ×2 the leading, and some other helpful features)

    you can check out a script I sell on my website called "Change point

    size and leading". Look under the "Scripts" tab on

    www.freelancebookdesign.com

     

    The alternative is to go through all your paragraph styles and do it

    manually, which is a schlep.

     

    Good luck.

     

    Ariel

     
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    Mar 4, 2013 11:55 AM   in reply to hbortman

    Have you tried making the changes on your Style Source document (document set up, margins, paragraphs style, etc) and then sychronizing? Just make sure you keep a copy of your original!

     
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    Mar 4, 2013 3:22 PM   in reply to Ellis home

    That's not likely to work. Books can contain documents with different page sizes.

     
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