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Correction - they're not really frames, they're text BLOCKS. You know, the windowshade things.
Ahh the joys of working on other people's documents.
Work on a copy of the Document. Try the Merge stories script in the
scripts pallete select both windowshades with the pointer tool and
click the script.
I don't think this will work across pages that aren't on the same
or the manual way: To link the Window shades you have to cut the text
out of the Second window shade paste it into the First window shade,
then link the two together. Repeat as many times as needed. It is best
to start at the back
Thank you for replying!
I've never actually used the Scripts pallete before, but I tried "merge stories" - and got an "invalid state" error message whether in both Layout and Story view. I'll start Googling for help on this script - any help you can give me much appreciated.
I've been trying to get by with doing it manually, cutting and pasting. Some of the sections are huge, dozens of pages. I copy and paste and when it's ok delete the copied block entirely. No point having more than one text block really. Working from the back is a good tip, thanks.
The only reason I can figure that they did this is that in one part of the text there are several images. They put these in separate text blocks rather than embedding them in the text. Otherwise I have no idea why they made so many text blocks. Maybe because it's so easy to do accidentally, and once you have a text block it's hard to get rid of it. I've been "closing the sandwich" on blocks to see if I can get the block before it and the block after it to flow together, which amounts to deleting the middle block.
What a drag, hours of time wasted on this. You would think there would be some simple one-click way to "combine all text."
> Thank you for replying!
> I've never actually used the Scripts pallete before, but I tried "merge stories" - and got an "invalid state" error message whether in both Layout and Story view. I'll start Googling for help on this script - any help you can give me much appreciated.
As with most regulars on this forum it's been years since I've used
pagemaker. so my pagemaker help is limited.
I got an error message when trying it out but after I hit ignore the
script did work
You still have it installed somewhere? You sir, are way ahead of me.
Bob Levine wrote:
> You still have it installed somewhere? You sir, are way ahead of me.
I have my old PC as a second machine used for emailing and other tasks.
I don't really do any upkeep on the thing. I thought the error I got in
the script was because of my ancient setup.
so what is this "invalid state" error message about?
> > the Scripts palette before, but I tried "merge stories" - and got an "invalid state
The invalid state probably means you have only selected one text block.
I found it worked after a fashion by selecting two text blocks on the same page/paste board.
Even if you have a long document, I reckon it would be better to it manually (copy'n'paste) as text block resizing with the script was not good.
As yes, Bob, I have copy of PM7 running on my WinXP PC at home. It's no longer an authorised application in the factory.
Iechyd da! John
02:11 29/01/2009 GMT
What John said.
I would rework the document in indesign if I was allowed to.
It's a moot point on this job. They're working with PM7 and want it back in PM7. And in any case, my whole attempted rework with proper indenting of numbered questions and abcd answers (I just did the first chapter as an example) is being rejected because there's no time to do it on the rest of the book, even using styles. Apparently I was called in at the last minute. It's going out as originally formatted - all I really did was add page numbering. Next time they'll call me earlier.
Thanks though, this will be helpful in the future. Wish I could afford InDesign, but I'm very glad there's still support for the old standby.
> Next time they'll call me earlier.
Try for the begining of the project, it always makes it easier
> Thanks though, this will be helpful in the future. Wish I could afford InDesign, but I'm very glad there's still support for the old standby.
The support is dwindling, It's only us forgetful old fogies who have
long since woved on to ID.
The upgrade price from Pagemaker to InDesign is only $199.00.
Considering the fonts it ships with it's an incredible bargain.
I have version 7 of Pagemaker and I'm tranlating a textbook. Could somebody please tell me how to translate footnotes. Keep it simple!
> > Could somebody please tell me how to translate footnotes.
Iechyd da! John
22:01 31/03/2009 BST