If you click on the guideline to select it
(it will turn a darker blue) you can then type the coordinates into the
appropriate box in the control palette.
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|InfoD-Cafe: InDesign woes
I’m hoping maybe someone can give me more help than the InDesign
documentation or online help manages to do. I feel like I am missing
something important when I use it.
I need to create artwork for numerous single-sheet leaflets, with some
very precise and usually asymmetric layout. I can do this very easily in
Ventura, but the client eventually needs it as InDesign. Though I *can*
make InDesign do what I want, simple basics are massively more fiddly
and time-consuming than in Ventura. So I tend to leave the InDesign
version until the end of the project, because I just don’t have time to
mess around with it through the various test versions.
The main thing I want to do is create precisely-placed *guidelines*.
Irregular, and equally precise, columns would be great too, but I can
manage with just guidelines if I have to. In Ventura, I can achieve all
this very quickly by opening a dialogue box and typing in the values (or
I can do it interactively if I prefer, which I usually don’t). In
InDesign, the only option seems to be creating guidelines interactively
with the rulers, which are barely legible on my high-res screen. This
takes ages, as I have to keep zooming in and out. Please tell me — is
there a dialogue I am missing, which would give me a one-stop way to
create all my guidelines by simply specifying, in figures, where I want
them to be?
The other thing that annoys me is measurements. I need to measure the
page, columns, etc. in millimetres. When I define paragraph styles,
overrides, etc., I can specify the *intra*-paragraph leading in points;
but, although I can type in the *inter*-paragraph leading (or space
above) in points, InDesign immediately converts it to mm, to four
decimal points. Without some kind of quick-reference list to hand, I
don’t know where I am when I need to adjust the leading to fit text in.
As far as I can see, the only way to stop this from happening is to use
points (or picas and points) for all of me page metrics, which I don’t
want to do. Again, anyone know of a work-around? Even the dreaded Word
doesn’t impose this particular tyranny!
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