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anchoring images to text

Community Beginner ,
Jan 10, 2023 Jan 10, 2023

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I want to anchor my images to their related text so they follow the text as it flows, but when I select the image with the pointer tool, no blue block displays. Is this due to the fact that I am using an old version 7.0 CS5? When was this feature added to the application?

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Anchored Objects were introduced in May 2005 with the CS2 version. They were improved in late 2010 with the CS5.5 version which introduced drag-n-drop.

 

View > Extras > (Hide or Show) Anchored Object Control ?

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I checked that, and have everything showing except "assigned frames." Do I need to show assigned frames?

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No

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Jan 10, 2023 Jan 10, 2023

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Assigned frames are an InCopy feature. And yes, you can't use drag and drop to anchor the image in something that old. I thing you need to cut and paste and then use then convert it from inline to anchored.

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Best I can tell, it was new in CS 5.5.

https://indd.adobe.com/view/0fe50e63-71b1-4db5-91c1-c8f6c4738df2

 

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In older version we had to work with a different workflow:

  1. Cut or paste the object into the clipboard
  2. Change to the text curser
  3. Put the text curser where the anchor should be
  4. Paste the object
  5. In the object menu is an entry for anchored objects. Here you can adjust if this is an inline object or only an anchored object.

 

I cannot remember from which version on, these properties are part of the object styles. If they are, you should make an object style.

In the future you can apply the object style to automatically position it instead of step 6.

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Will this method be suitable for files designed for epub?

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The epub tools in CS5 can be described as older than archaic. If you were a print designer you could go along your merry way with it. But for epub, you have to upgrade to Creative Cloud.

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If I subscribe to the newest verions of InDesign, will I be still able to open and do any basic layout work in my old version after saving files in the newest version?

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No, not directly.

 

But when you save a converted file in a current version of InDesign, it's going to force a Save As. Just save with a new name to protect the older file if for some reason you need to get back to it later, or decide not to move from the CS5 to the subcription.

 

You can also save a file as .idml (CS4 or Later), which can be directly opened by CS5. 

 

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Not really. Text will absolutely reflow and any new feature you used will be badly mangled most likely. You might get away with for a postcard or flyer but a long document? No way that's going to be successful.

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