4 Replies Latest reply on Sep 20, 2012 10:13 AM by peter minneapolis

    changing layout with master pages

    FieryPantone Level 3

      A-master defines a text frame about one-third the width of the page, aligned to the right. B-master defines a text frame about two-thirds the width of the page, also aligned to the right.  With Preferences set to Smart Text Reflow and Add pages to end of story, I pasted in about fifty pages of content. All the new pages use A-master.

      Now I see that the glossary, three pages at the end of the document, would be better using B-master. I drag the B-master thumbnail over the thumbnail of the first page to be changed … and get half the result I was expecting. I see a dotted blue line that matches the text frame from B-master, but the text stays undisturbed in a solid blue outline that matches the A-master text frame. Also, if I drag the B-master thumbnail into the page list I get a new page using the B-master, but can't enter any text.

      I hope I'm just making a basic mistake, but haven't so far managed to find out what it is. The concepts of master pages, body pages and text frames don't frighten me at all, after some 20 years of FrameMaker, but I'm having difficulty remapping what I already know on to InDesign.  Thanks in advance for help and tips!

      Niels Grundtvig Nielsen

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        • 1. Re: changing layout with master pages
          Steve Werner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          This is solved in InDesign CS6 with Primary Text Frames. You must have an earlier version of InDesign.

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          • 2. Re: changing layout with master pages
            FieryPantone Level 3

            Well, actually … I do have CS6, but hadn't yet got as far as investigating primary text frames. Now you've pointed me in the right direction, I'll take a good look and hope this helps; thanks.

            • 3. Re: changing layout with master pages
              Steve Werner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              You can have one Primary Text Frame on a master page. When you make a change in the Primary Text Frame it will be reapplied on document pages. Same if you apply a new master to the document page.

              • 4. Re: changing layout with master pages
                peter minneapolis Level 4

                Niels, you'll find the Primary Text Frame gives InDesign a much simpler way to emulate the word-processing model common to Word, FrameMaker, etc. A new document with the Primary Text Frames feature enabled, opens with a text insertion point/cursor in the first / main text frame on the first page. Adding content by beyond the frame boundary by typing or pasting creates a new page with linked text frame, so you can continue working with no fuss. (This is different from the automatic text flowing that happens when using File > Place to import content into a document. File > Place has its own culture of behaviors that will take a while to get accustomed to. Search Google for terms like "InDesign placing flowing importing text" without quotes for more info."

                 

                 

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                Peter

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                Niels Grundtvig Nielsen wrote:

                 

                Well, actually … I do have CS6, but hadn't yet got as far as investigating primary text frames. Now you've pointed me in the right direction, I'll take a good look and hope this helps; thanks.