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Big Differences

In XPress, when you make a picture box and use Get Picture to put an image in it, only the box appears as a editable object: you can move a picture within the box with the Content tool, but you can’t see the bounding box handles of the picture itself. When you place a picture in InDesign, the program sees it as two objects: the frame and the graphic nested inside of it. If you choose the Selection tool, you can manipulate the frame. If you choose the Direct Selection tool, you can manipulate the content—the graphic itself, including its bounding box. Fortunately, InDesign displays the graphic bounding box in a different color (the inverse of the current layer color).

When you apply numeric scaling to graphics in XPress, there is only one scaling value, which appears in the Measurement palette or the Modify dialog box. However, since InDesign gives you access to both the frame and the graphic bounding box, in some cases each may have a different scaling value!


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