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The sequence of unthreaded frames on a page (document)

Participant ,
Nov 20, 2023 Nov 20, 2023

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I have the impression that InDesign arranges unthreaded text frames in order from oldest to newest. This is evident both within the page and the document, as seen during text searches.

Is there any way to enforce a specific order of frames?

 

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Nov 20, 2023 Nov 20, 2023

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For what purpose? If it's reading order you can try the articles panel.

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Nov 20, 2023 Nov 20, 2023

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The specificity of infographics I am working on, causes there to be dozens text frames on the page. Even a simple search for a text fragment to be changed makes InDesign jump throughout the entire document, finding the desired fragments. It is cumbersome, and I would prefer to have some logic in this.

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Yes, creation order is then search order. 

 

Can you show us what exactly are you doing? Maybe there is another way - or if you are working on a PC - you could use my tool. 

 

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It's simple. The numbers of text frames represent the order in which they were created. If I start searching for the phrase 'Frame,' I will naturally find it in sequence according to the frame numbers.

However, I would prefer to have order based on the page with a search rule: top-down and left-right, therefore according to the sequence 6-2-1-3-4-5.

 

And besides that, can you provide more details about your tool?

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What you are looking for - is the most basic and core functionality of my tool:

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You can filter and sort by any property of the Graphic Object - almost 800 properties - or Text - 444 properties...

 

In your case - you need to use it "directly" - so you won't be able to use it if you are not a PC user...

 

Otherwise, it could be used in WatchedFolders mode on a dedicated PC connected to the same network with Macs.

 

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Sounds interesting. Where can I download it, and is there any description of installation and individual options?

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I'm rather already pushing it a bit so please Google it - or check your messages.

 

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