I'm producing a catalogue with 6 square images in graphics frames on each page. I can import the JPEGs from a folder on my desktop by dragging them into the frames by hand and clicking FIT CONTENT PROPORTIONALLY. This works well but if I want to change the layout, for instance swap graphics between frames on the same page, they disappear - just the brown outline remains. The only way l've found to do it is to delete them and start again with new positioning. Is there a way to move them around?
Sounds like you’re using the direct select tool instead of the selection tool.
here is a startup script by Gerald Singelmann in German, that adds three new commands to the context menu (you have to select two image frames):
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1. "Bilder tauschen" => "Swap Images"
2. "Rahmen tauschen" => "Swap Frames"
3. "In Platziercursor laden" => "Load to Place Gun"
Note 1: The script should also run on international versions of InDesign, but I did not test it with InDesign CS3.
Note 2: Since the code is visible as plain text, you could change the strings for the context menu command to your own wording.
Note 3: You have to experiment a bit with your Reference Point when the two frames are selected and you want to swap frames.