Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video 7. Columns2Frames, part of InDesign CS4: 10 Free Must-Have Scripts.
My Art Director has told me that I'm losing a page and I have to consolidate everything down as much as possible. So he wants me to move this over to the right side of this page and put it over here. Now, how am I going to get this text to move down? Typically, I would use Text Wrap. But some people don't like Text Wrap and some people find it gets in their way for one way or another especially in newspapers. Lot of magazines and newspapers, they try to avoid Text Wrap. I'm not entirely sure why, but that's what they do. So, who am I to tell them they are wrong? But in this case I'm not going to use Text Wrap. I want to just move this column down and move this column down to give it some space.
So how would I do it? Well, typically I would just drag to the top and move it down. But there is a problem. That moves all three columns down, because this is a three-column text frame. The frame itself has three columns in it. So I can't move just the first two columns down because I want this one to be up here as high as it can go. So what do I do? Well, I would need to replace this one three-column text frame with three individual text frames, each of which I can adjust the height. But it's a pain to do that.
It's just -- I don't want to have to draw out new frames and so on. The good news is I've got a script to do it. And it's called Columns2Frames. It's a free script. I have installed it inside my User folder and all I need to do is select my text frame, double-click on the Columns2Frames script and it did it. It's magic. Look at this. That is now one frame, that's another frame, that's another frame. So it's easier to come down and just drag this one down and drag this one down and make this match just the way I want them to. So whenever you have a multi-column text frame that you want to split into individual columns go right to the Columns2Frames script.
- Merging several text frames into a single story
- Setting keyboard shortcuts for launching scripts
- Turning multi-column text frames into individual frames to manipulate a layout
- Indexing files quickly and efficiently using character styles
- Importing, scaling, and positioning multi-page documents