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How to split a multi-frame story

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Dear all,

is it possible to split a story that spans multiple text frames into separate stories? 

For example, if I have a story which spans 10 text frames, is it possible to split, say, in 4+6 frames?

Of course, the choice is dictated by content and not by any other abstract reason. 

Thank you

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Correct answer by Barb Binder | Adobe Community Professional

Hi @Inélsòre:

 

This article will help: https://creativepro.com/how-to-split-long-story-into-smaller-pieces-unthreading-middle-story/. Be sure to read to the end—I think the option you want is listed last. 

 

~Barb 

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How to split a multi-frame story

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Dear all,

is it possible to split a story that spans multiple text frames into separate stories? 

For example, if I have a story which spans 10 text frames, is it possible to split, say, in 4+6 frames?

Of course, the choice is dictated by content and not by any other abstract reason. 

Thank you

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Correct answer by Barb Binder | Adobe Community Professional

Hi @Inélsòre:

 

This article will help: https://creativepro.com/how-to-split-long-story-into-smaller-pieces-unthreading-middle-story/. Be sure to read to the end—I think the option you want is listed last. 

 

~Barb 

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Hi @Inélsòre:

 

This article will help: https://creativepro.com/how-to-split-long-story-into-smaller-pieces-unthreading-middle-story/. Be sure to read to the end—I think the option you want is listed last. 

 

~Barb 

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It takes a little lovin', but yes.

 

You can split a story across 10 threaded text frames 4+6, as long as you're willing to deal with adjusting it from 4+1+1+5 (with overset) first.

 

  1. Go to frame #5, and select it with your Arrow/Selection tool.
  2. Use the Edit>Cut menu command to cut the arrow-selected frame #5 and place it in your system's clipboard.
  3. Then use the Edit>Paste in Place menu command to put it right back where you got it from.
  4. That's the first frame #5. But if you go to frame #6, you'll see a second frame #5. Because the text from frame #5 remains in the text thread from 1-4 and (still) 6-10. Get your Text tool and edit out the second instance of that text in frame #6. Fine-tune it as necessary.
  5. Now, to relink the threads: Get your Arrow/Selection tool again. Click on the exit point from frame #5 (the little box off the right side of the frame, above the lower-right corner of the frame) to "pick up" the thread from that frame. Click on the entry point (the little box off the left side of the frame, below the upper-right corner of the frame) of frame #6 to link frame #5 to frames #6-10.
  6. If needed, get your Text tool again and fine-tune the copy as necessary.

 

Done deal.

 

You can read more about that by clicking this link. It's all good reading, but the relevant section is in the middle of the article.

 

Hope this helps,

 

Randy

 

Randy

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In addition to the informative answers given already, you can also look at a script called BreakTextThread. It's under the community folder in the scripts panel.

-Manan

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Hi Inélsòre,

as Manan already mentioned, have a look at a script by Timothy Ariel Walden that is supplied with InDesign 2020 and 2021 in the Community folder of the Scripts panel: BreakTextThread.jsx

 

More important details about the script here:
https://www.id-extras.com/break-text-thread/

 

Even if you do not use InDesign 2020 or 2021 you can download the script from Ariel's website.

It's also working in versions before InDesign 2020.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender
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