a new Indesign stumper for Tiffany et. al.

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Joshua Lurie-Terrell's picture
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a new Indesign stumper for Tiffany et. al.
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OK, here's a tough one. At least, it's tough for me.

Say I have 50 pages of identical tables in Indesign. Each table has a few dozen cells, and I want to flow a giant block of text through specific cells through the whole document - for example, cells 1 > 2 > 10 > 11 > 20 > 24 > 29 on each page, linking from one page to the next.

Now, I could do this pretty easily with plain old text boxes, but I have no idea how to flow text between cells in a table. Given IDCS2's great handling of tables, I imagine this may be possible.

Any ideas?

Linda Cunningham's picture
Joined: 26 Jul 2006 - 3:55pm
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That's a serious poser (as opposed to a flippant poseur....) :-)

Without sitting down and getting my hands dirty with this right now, the only way I can think of doing this would be to set up the text originally as comma-delimited, convert it into one big table, and then break up the big table into smaller ones, and have one each on a page.

There may be an easier way to do this, but I'm not sure how else to circumvent the "plop info into specific cells" requirement.

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I'm stumped.

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Nice. I don't use tables often. But, I can see the power there.

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I don't have time to find it, but I believe this is reminiscent of something that David and Anne-Marie talked about on a post in InDesign Secrets. If I remember correctly, there is no way to link between cells. Take a look; they might have some solutions for your problem.

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Just poking around InDesign Secrets and found this: http://indesignsecrets.com/thread-text-between-table-cells.php

Linda Cunningham's picture
Joined: 26 Jul 2006 - 3:55pm
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Interesting article: maybe it's me, but that seems to be an awful lot of work to do somthing that you could set up with text frames and a grid in the first place and not have to go through the table thing.... ;-)

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I think that is why I don't use tables. :^)

(But, I can understand situations where tables are really useful.)

Joshua Lurie-Terrell's picture
Joined: 2 Apr 2003 - 4:37pm
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Tables are GREAT for forms - I mean, my form design work is 5x faster and twice as good (and much more consistent) since I started using frames.

I think threaded text blocks on a grid are the way to go for this one. It will take less time to recreate the table as text blocks than it would to hand-enter the info. But yes, I've already made it comma-delimited.

thanks everybody!

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jlt : http://www.hewnandhammered.com

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Joshua, if you're going to make a grid of text boxes in InDesign, the MakeGrid script might come in handy. You can get it from here: http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/indesign/InDesign_Example_Scripts.zip

Linda Cunningham's picture
Joined: 26 Jul 2006 - 3:55pm
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Gee, thanks, Miguel, that looks really useful. I don't often need to do this often, but I can see that it would save great swacks of time when I do.

Tiff, tables are great, but like everything else, there's a time and place for them. The trick (if there is one in design) is knowing when to use what, why, and how.

In that sense, "design" and "editing" are a lot alike: absorb and become the rules, and you'll know the rationale for violating them. ;-)

Joshua Lurie-Terrell's picture
Joined: 2 Apr 2003 - 4:37pm
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Miguel - that's very useful and I'll be using it quite a bit - thanks! I have a few templates and scripts from that part of the Adobe site but hadn't seen that one in particular before.

JLT