However, I find some simple things difficult to do, most likely because i dont know enough (I have been reading Indesign CS6 by S. Cohen) and that is the reason I come here for help.
1) What should I do to make my preferences permanent (e.g. units of mesure, background silver, etc) as it seems that when I make such choices they are only good for the document I work with.
2) I am having difficulties in creating, Titles, Headers and Footers (Do I have to use tables for that?)
3) It is not clear how I can mark entries in order to create a full index
Thanks for your time, venerable Adobe users.
I'm only going to talk about headers and footers since Salah has already told you how to set your prefs for new defaults and I don't do indexing in my work.
You asked if you need to use tables, and the answer is no, unless it makes sense to do so by the nature of the header or footer. Headers and footers are normally set up on the master pages by adding text frames of appropriate sizes in the postions where you want these headers or footers to appear. Master page objects appear on every page in your document that is based on that master. You can add text variables to the frames that will find styled text on the document page and insert it into the header or footer, as well as things like page number markers.
Be sure you make your frames wide enough to accomodate the largest page number or text string you will encounter. Variables are a single character for formatting purposes, and the text they pick up will not break across lines, so you can wind up with text that piles up on top of itself if the frame is too small. I'm not a fan of tables in general becasue I hate formatting them, so I would, for a header or footer, probably use individual text frames where you might think several cells in a one-row table would be appropriate.
For Indexing this will get you started: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/indesign/cs/using/WS8721440D-5F68-4fd6-811 5-CA3BEDACF001a.html. The index panel is located in Window/Type and Tables/Index. You start by creating your topics and then entering your references. You need to experiment a little bit to get familiar with it. If more questions arise comeback to this forum.
Somehow I had seen that Indesign Help about Index but i was never abe to get back to it.
I had no problem using the url you gave me.
I'll make use of it sasap to make sure t works for me.
I am sorry but I have to bother you again as I have failed to create a working Header r footer.
If you could detail the process I would appreciate it.
1) How do you create the txt frame to be used for header or footer?
I tried to use the T tool but ended up with a strange duplicator of my body text.
2) How do you assign the "variables" as you mention that they are single characters.
For instance, if I want the present chapter title to be included in the header, how do I identify such a title and how do I refer to it in the header?
Drawing a text frame is just a matter of using the text tool, then click and drag. You need to start someplace that isn't already an empty frame or shape on the page, though, or it will convert that frame into a text frame. YOU can move the frame into position withthe Selection Tool (balck arrow) if necessary. The paragraph style in the new frame will be wahtever style was active when you drew the frame, but you can change it to anything you like. Creating text frames should be covered in a lot of detail for you in Sandee's book.
You insert a variable into a text frame by first defining it (in most cases, such as a Running Header Variable): Type > Text Variables > Define... and choosing New. When you return to the Define dialog you can slect the new variable from the list and click insert, or if the variable is already defined you can use Type > Text Variables > Insert > and choose the correct one. It's very similar to inserting a special character.
Are you planning on making separate files for each chapter and combining them in a Book (.indb) file? If so, I would make a blank 1- or 2- page template file that contains your master pages, styles and swatches, then open the template for each new chapter and Save As the new chapter name. You can also synchronize all of these things from your choice of "source file" to the other files contained in the Book.
I am getting there but not there yet...
How do i position the fields in the header or footer?
Suppose i want my running header flush left and the page number flush right?
How do I go about it?
Do I tab the page numbers?
Do I create separate farmes in the header/footer frame?
LIke many things in InDesign and page layout in general, there is more than one way to do this.
You can use two frames, one for the main text and one for the number, and set the appropriate alignment on each, or use a single frame with left alignment and put a Right Indent Tab (Shift + Tab) between the text and number. This will make both halves touch the edge of the frame no matter how long, and you can use it for mirrored header layouts to by swapping positions of the number and text, but leave the right indent tab between them. Separate frames is probably a better choice if you want to have different formatting for the text and numbers though, since you can only have a single paragraph style if they are in the same frame.
I have come up with another situation where i am sure you have the answer.
That is, planning to publish both on Kindle and a pape edition, i discovered that the Kindle format does not use headers and footers so they should not be submited when publishing there.
Now, since i would like to have o worry of only one basic book, is it possible to create two tyopes of master pages, one dealng with headers/footers andone wthout them.
I assume that one can easiy shift form one mode to the other by simply inlcuding the appropriate master pages.
Is that so?
Some of our other experts can give you much better information about this than I can because I work only in print. That said, you are basically correct. I think you will want to look into "alternate layouts" and "linked stories" in your reading.
Actually, you don't need to get rid of the headers and footers. When you export to Kindle they will be ignored. As you might be aware, there's a Kindle plugin for Indesign that you can download at the Kindle site.
Well when I thought I had it all right, I found another glitch...
Probably a very simple thing..
How do I automatically go from one page to the next without having to redefine anything (paragraph settings, font used, etc)
There should be some kind of overflow function but I cant locate it.
Thanks in any case
Styles are a document level attribute and will carry through to all apages automatically. Are you having trouble with adding pages to hold your overset text? How is the text getting into the file?
No I have created a document with 5 pages..
I have finished typing the first page and nothing seems to be happening when I am at the end,.
So I selected the nest page from the popup but nothing has been inherited from te frst page setttings.
Should i define a style? How is hat done?
Most people do their writing in a word processor first because it does just keep adding pages, then they place that file into ID using Autoflow as they place and ID adds as many pages as it takes to hold the text. But it's perfectly OK to do it all in ID if that makes you comfortable. You might want to turn on Smart Text Reflow (a feature I don't use becasue I'm very "old school" and want to be in complete control of my layouts). you can also click the little square aboeve the bottom right corner of your text frame (it may have a red plus sign in it if there is more text than will fit) and then either click and drag a new frame of the correct size or click on the top margin guide and release to make a new, threaded frame on another page, or click inside the frame area if you have a master text frame on the page already.
This is also part of your basic training that I think Sandee covers very well in her book. I'm sure she talks about Smart Text Reflow and Primary Text Frames, too.
Well I think you might have changed my mind, for the time being, as doing the whole work in ID.
I have used Lotus Word Pro for my desktop publishing program for years but since the software is being abandonned and also for the fact that I need a very good indexing feature.
That is the reason I switched to ID.
I thought that if i could bite the bullet and learn all the intricate functions it provides i would be ahead of the game.
However, i have come to believe that your approach in writing the text first in a "normal' word processing program saves probably a lot of time and I am going to adopt it too. When the writing is over then i willl worry closely with the formatted output.
Thanks for your help.
It has been very helpful