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Columns in text boxes is good, but option to Span columns, so that a title can span the 2 columns of text it's above, without having to make a separate text box for the title please.


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3 hours ago, fde101 said:

Select the cells, right-click and choose "Merge Cells"

@fde101Are you thinking of tables? I'm familiar with using merge cells for a table.

But here I'm talking about a two-column text frame. When I get to a break in a story, I would like the heading for the new chapter to span both columns and all the text for the previous chapter be above the heading and all the text for the new chapter below the heading. InDesign works like that.
Everything else about Affinity Publisher is looking good but I would miss that ability.
The alternative is to break the page frame manually but that means more manual effort resizing frames if I go back and add text to the previous chapter .

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20 minutes ago, Adriandw said:

...But here I'm talking about a two-column text frame. When I get to a break in a story, I would like the heading for the new chapter to span both columns and all the text for the previous chapter be above the heading and all the text for the new chapter below the heading. InDesign works like that...

And span columns isn't just useful for headings. They can also be used for pull-quotes and more.

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36 minutes ago, Adriandw said:

Are you thinking of tables?

Sorry, yes, I misread and thought the question was about tables.  For normal text box columns this has been requested before but is not available yet.

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51 minutes ago, fde101 said:

Sorry, yes, I misread and thought the question was about tables.  For normal text box columns this has been requested before but is not available yet.

When you wrote "is not available yet" does that mean you expect it will be available at some time?

THat would be good to know.

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4 minutes ago, Adriandw said:

When you wrote "is not available yet" does that mean you expect it will be available at some time?

THat would be good to know.

No one but Serif knows what will be on the roadmap at this time. Once APub is released, there will be a roadmap, though. Then we'll all know.


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On 8/30/2018 at 7:09 AM, iaing said:

Columns in text boxes is good, but option to Span columns, so that a title can span the 2 columns of text it's above, without having to make a separate text box for the title please.

On 9/1/2018 at 1:22 PM, Fixx said:

Span attribute in paragraph style options would be great.

I think that for this to work properly and have the needed versatility it would have to be a Paragraph Style option, put it in with Baseline Grid in Text Styles.


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17 minutes ago, Old Bruce said:

I think that for this to work properly and have the needed versatility it would have to be a Paragraph Style option, put it in with Baseline Grid in Text Styles.

As a paragraph style, yes. But no need for the baseline grid being involved if not wanted/desired.


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2 hours ago, MikeW said:
3 hours ago, Old Bruce said:

I think that for this to work properly and have the needed versatility it would have to be a Paragraph Style option, put it in with Baseline Grid in Text Styles.

As a paragraph style, yes. But no need for the baseline grid being involved if not wanted/desired.

Agree, yes it should be a paragraph style, doesn't need to be linked with Baseline.

The InDesign implementation uses the paragraph settings panel and that works for me

 

 

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I only said Baseline Grid because it is only a little checkbox all on it's lonesome.


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Very important feature, +1 for it to be implemented!

There are many situations in which it is necessary to split part of a text frame into 2 columns, or to span a 2 column layout periodically with a single heading.

Both are needed

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2 hours ago, Graham Hermon said:

Spanning columns is a great feature in Adobe InDesign

This feature is also available in QuarkXpress. Unfortunately, if you have a ruler above or below or both in your heading then making it span columns makes it loose your rulers. That's unfortunate. Unless that was fixed recently.

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16 minutes ago, Seneca said:

This feature is also available in QuarkXpress. Unfortunately, if you have a ruler above or below or both in your heading then making it span columns makes it loose your rulers. That's unfortunate. Unless that was fixed recently.

I assume your "rulers" = "rules"

It's always worked in Q since the feature was available. It's just that for rules to always appear at column tops (and perhaps for spans), one needs to use discrete offset values instead of the default percentages.

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