November 6, 2007

Page Shuffle in Adobe InDesign

Thanks to Jeff Witchel & Layers Magazine for this tip.  In my InDesign projects I had always been annoyed by not knowing how to insert pages without screwing up my entire layout, especially where I had very large graphic elements on the pages.  Here’s a feature I wish I knew about back then:

Adobe InDesign CS3 Tip – Why Would You Want to Allow Pages to Shuffle?

One of the choices under the Pages panel Options menu that is checked by default is “Allow Pages to Shuffle.” Years ago, when I first started using InDesign, my first reaction to this choice was, “What is shuffling and why would I want my pages to do it?” As I began to play with the feature, I quickly realized what this interesting choice of words was all about. If pages are allowed to shuffle and a single page is added before a particular spread, all pages “shuffle” forward in the rest of the document so that the even numbered pages become odd numbered pages to the right, and the odd numbered pages move down to become the even numbered left-hand side of the next spread. So “shuffling” maintains order in spread pagination. But what happens if this default is unchecked? You can create spreads with more than two pages (a gatefold spread in a magazine for example). So, if you need to make your spreads wider than two pages, simply “unshuffle” your document’s pages.

Tip provided by Jeff Witchel, Adobe® Certified Training Provider.

Fuad Kamal

With a background in biotechnology, Fuad began his career developing assays and cutting edge technologies around HIV research. From there he shifted into the bioinformatics arena, where he developed innovative information systems in Perl. He started playing with the Flash platform around the time Flash 4 was released, and later developed the flash interface for the Flight Information Display System (FIDS) that you see at pretty much every major airport around the world today. Fuad loves delving into new technologies and pushing technologies in novel directions. Currently he is focused on providing mobile strategy & development for the Health & Fitness markets. He is an iOS developer, teaches an Android & Kotlin college course, and is currently writing The Kotlin Book http://thekotlinbook.com. Fuad has often applied principals he learned from his study of the martial arts to mentoring others as well as taking a unique approach to problem solving. He has found that quite often, the barriers we set before us are more mental than anything else, and the key to overcoming them lies in understanding this concept.

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