turn the Master-Text-Boxes on every normal page into a ordinary text-box
You can copy the text frames with the page numbers from the master pages to the body pages by Control Alt clicking them (Cmd Opt click on a Mac) with the Selection tool.
the page numbers start again from 1
Right click the page icon in the Pages panel and choose Numbering and Section Options to control the page numbering.
hey thanks for the quick reply!
well with cmd opt click I can unlock it. but when I do this and I delete all previous pages up to this page it still changes the page number.
And right clicking the page icon just sets the start point on my new page so I could do that for the first page (so Start at 17) but not for the next sections of 8...
I have alternating sections throughout the book. the book has 380 something pages... so I would have to do this manually.
so I would have to do this manually
That's correct. There's nothing automatic about this unusual pagination requirement, but with patience, you can make it work.
Yeah too bad...
Solution would be a simple command like expand master elements on bodypages... This way every page number stays the same how where ever it places or moved to...
Thanks gonna do that right away!
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I'm not sure I understood why you want to detach master text frame but it can be done easily:
place the master items you want to detach on a separate layer. Lock all other layers, select all pages in the Pages panel Menu and choose Detach All Objects From Master from the Pages panel menu.
However, you can also choose to work with a single file.
No problem creating two Master with different sizes:
Now, the thing is, you'll need to export two PDF, so instead of specifying "9-16, 25-32..." (headache for sure), you can use the Print option instead of Export. Using sections could also be part of the solution, but here's the Print options trick:
There is an option - that unfortunately doesn't exist using Export - that automatically select page range with same size (based on the format of the current selected page). That's handy:
Hope that helps