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Two columns with separate text flows

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May 27, 2020

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Hi, I want to create a two-column iPad doc with separate text flows: one for original material and another for commentary following along with the original material. What is the best way to achieve this?

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With an exported PDF you could use anchored text frames for the comments. That would flow with the main text as "bylines". The anchoring behavior could be adapted to not leave the margins of the page at the bottom and at the top.

The main text will flow in a 1-column text frame. The anchored frames are set to auto-height.

 

From my German InDesign:

 

AnchoredTextFrame-NotLeavingTopOrBottomMargins-1.PNG

 

AnchoredTextFrame-NotLeavingTopOrBottomMargins-2.PNG

 

AnchoredTextFrame-NotLeavingTopOrBottomMargins-3.PNG

 

Note: Both anchored frames are using the same anchored object settings and the same text frame options with auto height.

 

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Uwe Laubender

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Two columns with separate text flows

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Hi, I want to create a two-column iPad doc with separate text flows: one for original material and another for commentary following along with the original material. What is the best way to achieve this?

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Correct answer by Laubender | Adobe Community Professional

With an exported PDF you could use anchored text frames for the comments. That would flow with the main text as "bylines". The anchoring behavior could be adapted to not leave the margins of the page at the bottom and at the top.

The main text will flow in a 1-column text frame. The anchored frames are set to auto-height.

 

From my German InDesign:

 

AnchoredTextFrame-NotLeavingTopOrBottomMargins-1.PNG

 

AnchoredTextFrame-NotLeavingTopOrBottomMargins-2.PNG

 

AnchoredTextFrame-NotLeavingTopOrBottomMargins-3.PNG

 

Note: Both anchored frames are using the same anchored object settings and the same text frame options with auto height.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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Hi Anthony,

what is your export workflow for what target media?

 

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Ideally, this would end up as an interactive iPad app, if such a thing is possible... is that what you're asking? However, a simple .pdf would still be worthwhile.

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May 28, 2020

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With an exported PDF you could use anchored text frames for the comments. That would flow with the main text as "bylines". The anchoring behavior could be adapted to not leave the margins of the page at the bottom and at the top.

The main text will flow in a 1-column text frame. The anchored frames are set to auto-height.

 

From my German InDesign:

 

AnchoredTextFrame-NotLeavingTopOrBottomMargins-1.PNG

 

AnchoredTextFrame-NotLeavingTopOrBottomMargins-2.PNG

 

AnchoredTextFrame-NotLeavingTopOrBottomMargins-3.PNG

 

Note: Both anchored frames are using the same anchored object settings and the same text frame options with auto height.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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Hi Uwe, thanks for the response. I put together a master page & 1st page based on what I was able to figure out from your advice. It's two columns. On the right-hand side, there are two text frames: header & text flow. The left has one: for images, text, etc.

 

I looked at anchored frames, as you suggested, for the left-side text frame, but I don't think they would be necessary, as this text frame will appear in the same place on every page.

 

Does that sound right? If you have a chance, please take a look at the master & first page (link below) to see if this set up will meet my goals. Thanks!!! https://www.dropbox.com/s/fgbfzx4e750a2c0/master%20page.indd?dl=0

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May 28, 2020

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If you aim for an app for the iPad see into the in5 plugin for InDesign:

https://ajarproductions.com/pages/products/in5/

 

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