1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 24, 2015 1:51 AM by ukzembla

    Master Text Frames in InDesign CC 2015

    ukzembla Level 1

      I'm confused by the way masters work in CC 2015. In the past, I'd create a master "A" that has the main text flow for a book. I'd then create "B", which inherits the main text box from "A" and adds a footer, and "C", which inherits from "B" and adds a header.


      When I create a new document in the latest version of CC 2015 with "primary text frame" enabled, it creates "A" with two linked text frames. Great. Then I create a new master, "B", as "based on master "A". There are two selectable text boxes already there in "B" (to my mind this is odd and they should be inherited and unchangeable without overriding from A). What's more, the left frame has the page icon "click to make this story the master's primary flow", while the right one has the icon saying "This story is the master's primary text flow". Why there's a difference between the two is beyond me – there isn't in the A frame. Am I doing something stupid or is this buggy?

        • 1. Re: Master Text Frames in InDesign CC 2015
          ukzembla Level 1

          Further to this, here's some screenshots of the – to me, bizarre – behaviour.


          Step 1: New document, with "Primary Text Frame" enabled (I've moved the margins to make things clearer). What happens when I select all on the master:

          Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 09.34.07.png

          Step 2: create new master, B, based on A. Selected all on the master spread to show what's where. The left page isn't part of the primary text flow, but the right one is. Both are selectable, neither need to be overridden from A, and they're no longer threaded.


          Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 09.34.25.png


          Step 3: create new master, C, based on B. Selected all on the master spread – they're no longer threaded, and only the right-hand text-frame is selectable at all now; the left-hand side is dotted to suggest it can now be overridden.


          Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 09.34.40.png

          I haven't done anything weird, just created C, based on B, and B, based on A. Why is this so random?!