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Using primary text frames

From: InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

Video: Using primary text frames

One of the most powerful features inside InDesign is Master pages. They allow you to create a page design once and use it across an unlimited number of document pages. But prior to CS6 there was always a pretty big flaw with Master pages and that was the Master text frame. In CS6 the Master text frame has been replaced with something called the primary text frame and it's a welcome improvement when you have to make big adjustments to a layout. For example, when you have to adapt the layout created for an iPad so it's look good on a Kindle Fire, or when you need to fit a different orientation, so when you're going from a vertical layout to a horizontal or vice versa.

Using primary text frames

One of the most powerful features inside InDesign is Master pages. They allow you to create a page design once and use it across an unlimited number of document pages. But prior to CS6 there was always a pretty big flaw with Master pages and that was the Master text frame. In CS6 the Master text frame has been replaced with something called the primary text frame and it's a welcome improvement when you have to make big adjustments to a layout. For example, when you have to adapt the layout created for an iPad so it's look good on a Kindle Fire, or when you need to fit a different orientation, so when you're going from a vertical layout to a horizontal or vice versa.

So to show how the primary text frameworks I have a document here that's a college course catalog and there are several pages with course listings. So we'll look at a few of them and we'll go back. All these pages are based on a Master page called courses, so I'll double-click to view that, press the W key on my keyboard so I can view the frame edges and here I can see a text frame with three columns and this is my primary text frame. I know it's a primary text frame because of this new icon I have here on the left-hand side that tells me is the primary text frame.

If I click with my Type tool and draw out a new frame and select that, I can see I have a different icon here this one indicates that it's not a primary text frame. I click and drag to select both of them. I can see that if I click on my new frame I can make it the primary text frame, so it now has that icon and the other one does not. So the first to know about a primary text frame is that you can have only one of them on a Master page. The second thing to know about a primary text frame is that it can't contain any content on the Master page.

If I delete this frame and make my old frame or primary text frame again and I try to type to some content into it and select it, I can see that it's no longer a primary text frame. I have to delete the content out and reset it. Now I'm going to go back to the document pages that were based on this Master and I can see that they have three columns. If I wanted to change some of these pages to use a four column design, this is no problem thanks to the primary text frame.

So I'll go to the Master pages area I'll right-click in their and choose New Master and I'll call it Prefix D, Name 4 column and I'll base it on the C-Courses and click OK. And on the Master page I'll Option or Alt double-click to bring up my text frame options and I'll change the number of columns from three to four and click OK. Now I'll apply this to some of my document pages, so I'll select say page 6 and page 7 and I'll Option+Click or Alt+ Click on my new Master to apply them.

I'll go to those document pages by double-clicking and I can see a have four column design now. And if I zoom out, so I can see more then one page at a time and click on one of the text frames, I can see that they're all still linked, this is all still one story of text that flows from the four column layout into the three column layout. And if I want to go back again so all the pages use the three column layout, that's no problem either. Again I'll just select both the pages in the Pages panel and this time I'll Option+Click or Alt+Click on the Courses Master.

Select again and the story is still flowing seamlessly. So you can see that a primary text frame is a unique new type of Master page object in InDesign. It's literally unique in that you can have only one of these per Master It's also unique in that you don't have to override in order to work with it on a document page, and it's unique that you can't put any text on it on a Master page. But where a primary text frame really becomes valuable is when you need to apply a different Master to an existing page. The text will flow seamlessly and there will be no cleanup work.

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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files and scripts
      43s
  2. 22m 41s
    1. Case study: tomaxxi's InDesign shortcuts guide
      4m 19s
    2. Case study: The Magic of Reality app
      3m 20s
    3. Exploring PDF digital magazines: InDesign Magazine
      2m 45s
    4. Looking at digital newspapers: BostonGlobe.com
      3m 44s
    5. Reviewing digital magazines: National Geographic
      4m 58s
    6. Exploring iamboundless.com
      3m 35s
  3. 21m 56s
    1. Setting preferences for interactive documents
      6m 32s
    2. Customizing the workspace
      5m 48s
    3. Understanding intent and presets
      3m 5s
    4. Working with images and swatches
      5m 2s
    5. Installing scripts
      1m 29s
  4. 37m 24s
    1. Using Liquid Layout
      9m 17s
    2. Creating alternate layouts
      4m 4s
    3. Using primary text frames
      3m 49s
    4. Using the Content Conveyor
      5m 42s
    5. Linking text
      4m 32s
    6. Linking page items
      3m 19s
    7. Fitting frames to content
      3m 33s
    8. Using style mapping
      3m 8s
  5. 49m 48s
    1. Reviewing what we're going to build
      1m 56s
    2. Previewing with the SWF Preview panel
      4m 51s
    3. Presentation design tips
      2m 41s
    4. Setting up a presentation file with layers
      4m 53s
    5. Creating a navigation system
      8m 32s
    6. Creating a title and content slides
      7m 57s
    7. Overriding master page items
      5m 59s
    8. Setting page transitions
      4m 34s
    9. Creating hyperlinks
      3m 40s
    10. Using the slug for notes
      4m 45s
  6. 37m 40s
    1. Understanding what we're going to build
      1m 11s
    2. Building an interactive table of contents
      5m 9s
    3. Building a navigation system
      4m 5s
    4. Creating PDF-only buttons
      3m 33s
    5. Using a SWF slideshow in a PDF
      9m 33s
    6. Placing a video and using the Media panel
      5m 44s
    7. Setting navigation points
      4m 28s
    8. Placing a video from a URL
      1m 21s
    9. Creating hyperlinks from URLs
      2m 36s
  7. 18m 6s
    1. An overview of PDF forms
      2m 6s
    2. Creating text fields and signature fields
      3m 13s
    3. Creating list boxes and combo boxes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating checkboxes and radio buttons
      3m 47s
    5. Creating tab order for PDF forms
      3m 14s
    6. Creating Submit, Print, and Clear Form actions
      1m 51s
  8. 53m 36s
    1. Exploring the Animation Encyclopedia script
      10m 57s
    2. Using the Animation panel
      6m 56s
    3. Animating on a motion path
      3m 57s
    4. Animating a list
      4m 29s
    5. Creating navigation buttons
      5m 15s
    6. Creating a multi-state object
      6m 23s
    7. Creating a page number indicator
      2m 57s
    8. Animating an opening page
      3m 9s
    9. Creating a multi-purpose button
      3m 11s
    10. Exporting your presentation and embedded fonts to SWF
      3m 46s
    11. Working with transitions and animation
      2m 36s
  9. 40m 34s
    1. An overview of the DPS workflow and the publishing process
      4m 31s
    2. Creating hyperlinks
      5m 17s
    3. Creating slideshows
      3m 25s
    4. Using the Image Sequence feature
      4m 58s
    5. Adding audio and video
      5m 6s
    6. Creating panoramas
      4m 21s
    7. Adding web content
      3m 56s
    8. Panning and zooming
      4m 1s
    9. Creating scrollable frames
      4m 59s
  10. 27m 18s
    1. Using the Folio Builder panel
      5m 28s
    2. Creating a folio
      5m 28s
    3. Adding articles to a folio
      5m 47s
    4. Using the Content Viewer to preview a folio
      3m 53s
    5. Using the Folio Producer
      4m 54s
    6. Viewing a folio on an iPad
      1m 48s
  11. 49s
    1. Next steps
      49s

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