Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Change column layout, part of FrameMaker 2015 Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] Now that we've covered the basics of working with text in a simple document, we're going to start talking about Frame Makers page layout capability, because after all, if you only need to make basic documents with simple layouts, you'll probably stick to a word processing program like Microsoft Word. If you need a robust page layout application that can handle complex designs and a large amount of pages and content, you'll want to work with Frame Maker. Let's start by taking a look at columns. I'm going to come up to the workspace menu and just reset the workspace just to get it back to its default layout for this chapter.
Alright so in this document, we again have a side head area on the left, not to be confused with a column, and on the right is the one single column. And we can see the outlines of both the side head and the column, as well as the margins on the page. And these are all things we can adjust and we can do it from the master page, which we'll talk about shortly, or directly from viewing our body pages, which is what we're doing here by default. So let's go up to the format menu and we'll go down to page layout and I'll select column layout. Now we've been here before when we enabled the side head and we adjusted the width of the side head and the gap between it and our body text.
Here on the left under columns, we see one as the number and the gap at 0.25 inches. So you see that we only have one column in this document at the moment. The gap value refers to the space between multiple columns if I were to change this number up here. So let's do that. Let's make this two columns. I'll leave the gap at 0.25. Now if you want the columns to be exactly the same and automatically balanced for you, you can check this balance columns box. Let's not worry about the margins for now. I'll just click update entire flow and you can see now we have our two columns. It does look like three column because of our side head and this probably is not the ideal layout for this type of document.
So let's go back to the format menu, page layout and column layout again and let's change this back to one column. Again, I won't worry about the gap, but down below here in the margins section, we can adjust how our margins will effect this particular single column. I'll leave the top set to 0.75 and I'm going to make the bottom the same. That will give us a little more room lengthwise on the page and notice because we're using what's called facing pages, we have an inside and outside margin. So the inside margin would be on the right hand side of our even pages and on the left hand side of our odd pages so we can adjust those, as well.
So let's leave the inside margin at half an inch and I'm going to change the outside to 0.8 and we'll click update entire flow again. So this looks a little bit easier to read now. It's a nice layout for this type of document, which is kind of like a book with modules, and as we scroll down through this, you can see how it flows nicely from one page to the next. Now as we're going this, we're actually updating the master page. This is something that can be adjusted in the background. If you go up to the view menu and notice body pages is checked. That's what we're viewing right now. If we select master pages, we don't see the content, but what we do see are the outlines for the margins and the columns that we just set up.
And as you look down here at the bottom of the window, you'll notice that because we're using facing pages, there are actually two master pages. There's a left master, which is one of two, and a right master, which is two of two, and we can move back and forth between those. So let's change the view back to body pages and in the next movie, we'll start looking at master pages.
- What is FrameMaker?
- Working with pods, workspaces, guides, and templates
- Creating a custom document
- Designing and defining paragraph formats
- Formatting text
- Changing the page layout
- Creating master pages
- Styling with color and character formats
- Adding graphics
- Editing documents
- Working with tables
- Using cross-references and footnotes
- Generating books
- Working with indexes
- Using conditional text
- Adding hyperlinks
- Publishing to PDF and other document formats