Indesign: Screen DPI-value --> 100% zoom = 1:1-size?

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Sebastian Nagel's picture
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Indesign: Screen DPI-value --> 100% zoom = 1:1-size?
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Dear Typophiles,

I'm wondering whether it is possible to teach Indesign CS2 the actual DPI-value of my screen, so it displays an object that is 10cm wide as 10cm in 100% Zoom. At the Moment, I have to zoom to about 130% to get an 1:1 equivalent, which is not very handy...

I remember Xpress 4.0, where this was possible, so maybe Indesign can do it as well? Changing the DPI-value on system level (Windows) doesn't seem to change anyting.

Thanks for your help
Sebastian

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I don't understand if you need it for Mac but I've heard of an AppleScript that does that.

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Screens are measured in PPI. Yes, I'm being at tad anal.

Anyhoo, seems that these easiest solution is to hold a ruler up to the screen, and then adjust the zoom until it's 1 to 1.

At that point, I don't know if InDesign can 'save' a zoom as a preference or not.

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While I'd be interested in such a shortcut myself, obviously it would still only provide a rough idea of what you'll get when you spit the document out as a hardcopy. Even with a hi-res display and your text-rendering engine tuned right up, you're still looking at clumsy pixels on the screen, thus your display will never provide a decent representation of good crisp ink (or even half-assed toner for that matter).

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http://indesignsecrets.com/indesignsecrets-004.php

This is a podcast I bookmarked about "making actual size actual size" and the "Zoomto140percent.js" script download link.

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Thanks for the script, garyw. Adjusting, installing and giving a shortcut to it, it does the job pretty well. Though it's still not logical that I have to zoom to 131% to get a 100% view :)
So listen Adobe: CS3... feature-request... hear the users... you know...

aluminium: of course your're right. And this happens just to me, who is preaching everyone the meaning of dpi, ppi, lpi, pixel, resolution, etc.

jason: it's useful to judge proportions, compare to hardcopies, etc. Of course, for typographic details, it's quite useless.

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"Though it’s still not logical that I have to zoom to 131% to get a 100% view :)"

There is no standard monitor PPI, as such, it's impossible for software to really know what it needs to size it at on-screen.

Rumour has it that OSX.5 will finally have resolution-independant screen rendering:

http://mnteractive.com/archive/resolution-independance-in-osx-leopard/

It's been a long time coming, so I'm hoping it happens.

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"There is no standard monitor PPI, as such, it’s impossible for software to really know what it needs to size it at on-screen."

This is why I asked where I can enter my PPI-Value I calculated for my screen, because then, the software knows what it should do. It works in Xpress and Acrobat 7, and I was looking for the same thing in Indesign.

But it's okay anyway... It works, so logic is secondary.