I'm sure others will have more helpful answers, but after refreshing my memory and taking a look at this doc http://blogs.adobe.com/indesigndocs/2009/04/numbered_lists_part_iii_figure.html (albeit from 2009), I wonder if figure numbers are the best option in your particular situation. If you have CS5 or above, I wonder if it might be worth considering using Live Captions? I don't know if it's really the best answer, but it might be worth a thought.
I really need numbering of the figures (these are inline images plus a caption in a text frame), there are around two hundred probably when I'm done and multiple images on a single page. This will be print, so I need numbers to point people to the right image.
I was wondering if I can do something with threading the text frames that contain the images? Would that influence the numbering?
I am using CS6.
Understood. I had a bit of time to take a deeper look this morning at Live Captions. It would be possible to use them along with paragraph styles and numbered lists to generate the "Figure No." along with a caption. BUT, one catch that would have been crucial to your particular project - Live Captions don't work with inline images! I hadn't ever tried this until this morning...and I'm rather sad to discover it!
InDesign will, by default, put numbers into text boxes in the order in which the text boxes were placed (top to bottom and left to right on the page). However, it will give favoritism to text boxes that are inline objects and number them first. Linking your text boxes should put those numbers in order, but I think the inline text boxes will still take precedence and cause you a problem.
If you used Numbered Lists to create your figure numbers/captions (you can have it do the figure numbering automatically), then you simply create a paragraph style and apply the settings you need. Each time the numbers start to go out of order, create a new paragraph style and restart the numbering. It's really not ideal, I know, but I think with the mix of regular and anchored objects that need captioning, you may have to do a bit of a work around. This article explains pretty well how to set up the numbered list with the "figure number" at the front. http://help.adobe.com/en_US/indesign/cs/using/WSa285fff53dea4f8617383751001ea8cb3f-6da6a.h tml#WS0D4A9E87-A636-4338-904D-4A2F622EB893a
The problem with the workaround is that it breaks as soon as you start editing in the beginning of your document and adding a floating object there.
Hmm, maybe when I make it inle first, anchor it then break the anchor to turn it into a floating object the number is preserved? Nah, probably not.
Seems I have to live with this.
What I have decided is this. I create my figures in both inline/floating fashion. They get disjointed numbering. But just before producing the final document, I anchor all the floating objects en update the cross references. This will leave the floating images in place (I am not updating the document anymore) but they will all get a number in te order they (inline or their anchor) appear in the text.
It is just the very very last thing you do in your document. And for a new version, you will have to release the anchors you want released.
I have a single problem left with this. Some of my diagrams take up an entire page. I cannot anchor these on their own page.