8 Replies Latest reply on Feb 12, 2009 1:38 AM by (Sachinrewa)

    Indesign Vs Mathtype

    hm_arul Level 1
      I have problem while I am placing eps file created using mathtype into Indesign. Extra white space is appear around the image text!

      How can I find the extra white space around the image and get close crop box

      Please advice me

      thanks

      regards
      a r u l
        • 1. Re: Indesign Vs Mathtype
          Level 1
          How much extra white space? There is some built-into every MathType EPS and there' no way to detect how much in any particular file. You just have to live with it -- but I'm talking about 2 or 3 points, maximum.

          Dave
          • 2. Re: Indesign Vs Mathtype
            hm_arul Level 1
            Thanks Dave,

            the white space measure's 3 to 4 pts. So this may be ignored!

            thanks for your advice

            regards
            a r u l
            • 3. Re: Indesign Vs Mathtype
              Level 1
              It's not so much "may be ignored" -- you don't have a lot of choice.

              Dave
              • 4. Re: Indesign Vs Mathtype
                Arul,

                what you may need to do is crop the bounding box, that is the frame, of the placed MathType equation. As far as I've found out cropping of about 2 points on either side (left and right) is a good choice.

                The frame of a placed equation is the parent of the parent of its link. You get the absolute frame dimensions by looking for its "geometric bounds". When you've got the array, you can set it accordingly.

                I shall soon publish a convenient interface for MathType 5.1/6.x and InDesign CS3 for MacOSX. With a single key stroke from within InDesign you insert or edit MathType equations at the correct baseline and with optional cropping of the correpsonding bounding boxes. The development is in a late beta stage.

                Best

                Herbie
                • 5. Re: Indesign Vs Mathtype
                  hm_arul Level 1
                  Hi Helmut Glunder

                  Thanks for your suggestion

                  here is my script but I am struck

                  var myeq = app.selection[0];
                  var myeqmeasure = myeq.geometricBounds;

                  var top = myeqmeasure[1];
                  var bottom = myeqmeasure[3];
                  var left = myeqmeasure[2];
                  var right = myeqmeasure[4];

                  myeq.geometricBounds = [top, left-2, bottom, right-2];
                  myeq.fit (FitOptions.frameToContent);

                  can you tel me where I went wrong in this?

                  thanks

                  regards
                  a r u l
                  • 6. Re: Indesign Vs Mathtype
                    Level 1
                    Arul,

                    since I'm not familiar with javascript I can only tell you about obvious deficiencies of your script code:

                    1. myeq.geometricBounds = [top, left+2, bottom, right-2];
                    (As I've written, "geometric bounds" gives you the absolute frame dimensions. Consequently, you must add 2 points to the left bound and subtract two points from the right bound of the frame.)

                    2. omit: myeq.fit (FitOptions.frameToContent);
                    (Fitting the frame to the content after the cropping, evidently removes any cropping.)

                    3. Make sure the units are set to points in InDesign.

                    Here is an AppleScript for left/right-cropping of a selected graphics object:
                    -- Make sure that InDesign's "units" are set to points!
                    tell application "Adobe InDesign CS3"
                    set the_frame to first item of selection
                    set b_list to geometric bounds of the_frame
                    set (item 2 of b_list) to (item 2 of b_list) + 2.0
                    set (item 4 of b_list) to (item 4 of b_list) - 2.0
                    set geometric bounds of the_frame to b_list
                    end tell

                    HTH

                    Herbie
                    • 7. Re: Indesign Vs Mathtype
                      hm_arul Level 1
                      Thanks Herbie

                      regards
                      a r u l
                      • 8. Re: Indesign Vs Mathtype
                        Level 1
                        Hi arul,

                        Have you rectified the script and is it working. May u please send me the script. sachinrewa@gmail.com

                        thanks and regards,
                        sachin