If I need a specific percentage of scale, I generally select the content (and make sure I've got the transform proxy set to move things in the correct direction) then enter the scale value and finally fit frame to content. This of course does not help if you've cropped the content.
Thanks for the reply Peter.
It's not so much that I'm trying to hit a specific percentage of scale. I work on magazines and when enlarging a photo within a page of copy, I'm often enlarging while watching to text wrap around it and looking to get the text to fill to the bottom of the page. This for me is done easiest by dragging the photo larger, rather than enlarging with key commands or using the scaling arrows, as I can watch for bad line breaks on the wrap and watch for the text to fill the page in realtime as I drag-enlarge the photo.
I just find it useful to be watching the scale % as well, so am not dragging larger than I can actually use for print, but with Prefs > General set to 'Adjust Scaling Percentage' the wrap is safe from resizing, but the scaling display doesn't update as you drag-enlarge.
Scaling percentage really has nothing at all to do with whether you've enlarged beyond the point where an image is printable. That depends on the image type, resolution and your printing method. ID gives you both the "actual" resolution of your image (what photoshop says it is at the dimensions it was saved), and the "effective" resolution which is the resolution at the size it is being used on your page.
Effective resolution is the only number you need to worry about, and you can see it in the Info panel while you resize, or in the Links panel if you set it to show in the column options, and you can also set a minimum or maximum value in Live Preflight and watch for the red warning dot.
True. All my images are processed and sampled to 300ppi before going to layout on the server. That way the artists can know that they can go up to (or a bit beyond) 100% scale when scaling non-vector images in their layouts.
Effective resolution displayed would work. Is that displayed in a menu that is viewable while scaling and does it update in realtime while scaling?
Oh, just found the effective resolution displayed in the Info pain. That will work just fine.
Thanks for the tip.
You can see it in the Info panel (Window > Info) and it updates in real time, but it isn't in huge type.
Not that it will help now, but filing a feature request to make it available in the control panel would be a good idea, I think: Adobe - Feature Request/Bug Report Form
Feature request is a good idea. Will do.
Realtime scaling display when drag-enlarging the frame but not when drag-enlarging the photo seems an oversight.
It would show the scaling for the content, if you had selected the content and were scaling only that, but you are transforming the frame and scaling the content at the same time. It's basically one of those can't win situations. If you were given the scale percentage of the content, other users would be complaining that they can't read the scale of the frame when they want to.
The pragmatist in me says this is just one of those things you need to learn to work with.
I'm not seeing that in ID5.5 anyway.
When I select a photo with the solid arrow, drag the blue container's corner with the Shift + Command key held, ID updates the scale percentage as I drag. But if I double-click on the image to select the image and then drag the red container's corner with the Shift + Command key held, ID does not update the scale percentage as I drag. It only displays the new scale percentage after I let go of the corner.
Both situations would seem to be able to win, if ID updated the scale percentage in realtime when scaling the image like it does when you scale the frame.
Right now I can see the scale percentage displayed once I double-click on the image (when using the solid arrow tool anyway). And the frame's scale percentage is displayed when you select the frame container. So both are viewable, but only the frame's percentage is updated in realtime when scaling.
You suggestion of watching the Info pane is a fix, but I don't see why ID can't update in realtime both with scaling frame or image.
You're right. I never really noticed that the scale doesn't update in real time in the Control panel. The scale percentage does update correctly though, once you release the mouse if you've selected the image.