I should have said I'm running ID CS5 on Mac OSX 10.6.6.
Thanks -- susan
Yup, that's what happens when you insert an odd number of pages.
You can try turning on Layout Adjustment (Layout > Layout Adjustment...) BEFORE adding the pages, and if your frames are snapped to the column guides it might work, but I suspect not. The problem is that your two columns are not going to swap sides just because the master page changed unless perhaps they are actually threaded master text frames. The AutoFlow Pro plugin from In-Tools.com might handle this, though, so you should perhaps take a look at that.
I have tried turning on Layout Adjustment and it didn't help.
So what you're saying is I've created a design that simply won't work in ID? Unless I buy the plug-in? Oy.
Thanks for your help.
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No, I'm not saying that. First, I don't know if the plugin will work, and second, as long as you add an even number of pages this won't happen.
Do you have the two columns on every page, or are you only using the outside column on some pages? If the main text frame is snapped to margin guides, it should stay snapped when the page changes sides, and if the other frame is also snapped to some guides, ruler guides would be appropriate, if those guides move to the opposite side the frames might move with them whn layout Adjustment is enabled. I don't know for sure because I've never tried exactly what you are doing, but in your shoes I would make a copy of the document, then play withthe master pages to make only a single column text block surrounded by the margins and add ruler guides snapped to the other frame area and see what happens.
I do have the two columns on every page (the few pages that don't follow the narrow outside/wide inside model have different master pages).
I think I understand what you're suggesting. When you say
play withthe master pages to make only a single column text block surrounded by the margins and add ruler guides snapped to the other frame area and see what happens.
do you mean create a master page with one column as wide as my main text column (the wider inside column), setting the margins to that width, and then use ruler guides to define the narrower outside column? Doing that (in mirror image) on both pages of the master spread?
I think I've tried that (I've kind of lost track) but I am off to try again.
Thanks so much for your help and suggestions.
Yes, that's exactly what I meant (or maybe just modify the existing master rather than having to assign a new one, which would add ne master objects behind all the text frames on all pages, not just the ones that switched sides).
Not a solution, but in case it's helpful, here's an article on techniques for switching the layout from left to right:
Sometimes you have to manually do it, but at least that's a way to make it a bit faster.