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Fitting frames to different types of text content

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Can there be any topic more exciting than text frame fitting? I think not, especially if you are a neat freak like me. For example, do you see the problem with this page? I see. It's screaming at me. Look at this frame. Look at all this empty space. Well, the ability to fit the frame to the text content has been around for a number of versions of InDesign, but until CS6, the only way that it worked was on these plain-Jane frames like this one, rectangular frames with just text, nothing overlapping and nothing crazy going on inside.

Fitting frames to different types of text content

Can there be any topic more exciting than text frame fitting? I think not, especially if you are a neat freak like me. For example, do you see the problem with this page? I see. It's screaming at me. Look at this frame. Look at all this empty space. Well, the ability to fit the frame to the text content has been around for a number of versions of InDesign, but until CS6, the only way that it worked was on these plain-Jane frames like this one, rectangular frames with just text, nothing overlapping and nothing crazy going on inside.

So if you had one like this, instead of having to go to all the trouble of dragging this guy up, you could go to the Object menu or right-click, go to Fitting and choose Fit Frame to Content, or you've probably memorized this keyboard shortcut, which is Command+ Option+C on a Mac or Ctrl+Alt+C on Windows, which will automatically do the same thing as what I like to do is just double-clicking the frame handle to roll it right up like a Venetian blind, nice and neat. That, combined with InDesign's new ability to automatically auto-size frames, means that I am in heaven, but that I covered in a different video.

Let's go and talk about some of the new frame-fitting features. Well, actually, what they have done is they have expanded where that command will work. So we are not just limited to the plain-vanilla kind of frames. Like look at this monster here. Here we have a three-column single frame with a span and if I just double-click on the bottom handle, boom! It basically balances the columns as best as it can. There is probably some keep settings that are preventing it from getting really close, but that is incredible that they were able to do that. I am going to undo.

This time let's throw a text wrap at it. All right, now I have a big fat text wrap. That's a little too much. I want to fit some text here. There we go! Let's try that one more time. Select this. This time I will press the keyboard shortcut, Command+Option+C or Ctrl+Alt+C. Boom! Not a problem. That's amazing. You'll get so spoiled by this, immediately. I have a couple of other examples for you. Here we have three threaded frames. I turned on Show Text Threads, so you can see three single-column frames that are threaded together. Now in previous versions, all you were able to do would be to fit the final frame to the contents, but now you can fit any frame in the middle to contents.

Like let's say this guy, see I put a little--I am going to click right before the word textile and I am going to press the Enter key on my keyboard, which is the keyboard shortcut to jump to the next frame, and now this is bugging me, this empty space down here. So I am going to click here and double-click, boom! There it went up! A-ha! How about this? Here is one of my famous blobs. I am well known for creating beautiful blobs with the Pen tool. And then I turned it into a text frame and filled it with text and gave it a background color, and of course, I couldn't stop myself and I made a drop shadow. If we look at this in Preview mode, you can see how beautiful that is and if you like, you can purchase that work of art from me.

But anyway, what I want to show is how this even works with nonrectangular frames. Now, this is as nonrectangular as you can get. If I swipe out a bunch of text, switch to my Selection tool, and double-click the text frame, boom! I love that! Look at that! So, a cool little feature. Some people really don't care; some people like me really care a lot. And I love it.

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InDesign CS6 New Features

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      57s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 14m 23s
    1. Exploring interface tweaks
      6m 56s
    2. Examining the new tools and dialog boxes
      7m 27s
  3. 32m 41s
    1. Working with the Conveyer tool
      10m 7s
    2. Linking objects
      12m 11s
    3. Mapping styles
      10m 23s
  4. 50m 5s
    1. Understanding flexible layouts
      8m 16s
    2. Working with Alternate Layout
      12m 52s
    3. Understanding Liquid Layout rules
      7m 30s
    4. Using the basic Liquid Page Rule options: Scale, Re-center, and Based on Master
      6m 52s
    5. Applying guide-based Liquid Layout rules
      8m 10s
    6. Applying object-based Liquid Layout rules
      6m 25s
  5. 14m 51s
    1. Working with flexible columns
      3m 27s
    2. Auto-sizing text frames
      5m 28s
    3. Exploring the primary text frame
      5m 56s
  6. 8m 15s
    1. Accessing recently used fonts
      2m 9s
    2. Applying Keep settings to spans and tables
      2m 45s
    3. Fitting frames to different types of text content
      3m 21s
  7. 28m 27s
    1. Using advanced EPUB 2 export controls
      9m 12s
    2. Exporting an EPUB 3
      9m 16s
    3. Inserting HTML and Edge content
      9m 59s
  8. 28m 4s
    1. Reviewing the new Form tools
      7m 21s
    2. Creating and previewing a basic form
      14m 40s
    3. Testing the form in Acrobat
      6m 3s
  9. 21m 24s
    1. Aligning selections to a key object
      2m 17s
    2. Using Save As to create a file for earlier versions of InDesign
      1m 40s
    3. Retaining table headers and footers
      2m 58s
    4. Importing RTFD and exporting to PNG
      4m 38s
    5. Using smart math in fields
      2m 13s
    6. Exporting interactive PDFs as pages
      1m 9s
    7. Previewing and exporting grayscale PDFs
      2m 22s
    8. Using the new world language support
      4m 7s
  10. 1m 6s
    1. Next steps
      1m 6s

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