Working on a book, let's say I have ten ID files with one story each, and each of these ten stories is many (100+) pages long, each page containing one text frame. Those editing tasks which cause new line break are very frustrating, because one change here can cause the mouse to appear for more than one minute, forcing you to just wait and sit there. Not the kind of thing you easily tolerate a few days before the deadline.
Now my idea is this: in each file, break this long story into several stories, each perhaps some twenty pages long. This way, editing should become more easily done because ID does not need time to calculate text flow changes.
My simple question is: how break up a story into several ones?
When double-clicking on the out port of the text frame that I want to define as the last one (before breaking the story), all I get is a loaded cursor I don't know what to do with ...
Any help greatly appreciated.
one change here can cause the mouse to appear for more than one minute, forcing you to just wait and sit there.
Have you tried setting the display performance to Fast Display. Doesn't seem like that should be happening with regular text—is the text linked?
Changing Display Performance does not improve the speed.
However, I've just discovered that what is slowing down the performance is that the layout is set in two columns – after converting everything to one column, it's working normally (but it should remain two columns, so changing this setting is no option). Also, I'm working with the Paragraph Composer (but changing to Single-line Composer does not improve performance).
Nothing is linked to text files. But the text frames are linked, yes.
If I leave the files unchanged, working on half a dozen pages takes me one hour. There are almost one thousand pages ...
To break a story into two between text frames X and Y: Select all the
text from the beginning of frame Y onwards and cut it (Ctrl-X).
Then click on the outport of frame X and then click anywhere inside
frame X. This will break the link between frame X and frame Y.
Now place your text cursor inside frame Y, and paste (Ctrl-V).
It's a fiddly process.
Thank you Ariël for your detailed "how to" in matters story breaking, that is really helpful.
Peter, I use Span Columns formatting, so thanks to your info, I have now broken the story before each Span Column paragraph, and this has improved perfomance very much.