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Chapter 2. Top Ten “Gotchas” for PageMak... > “I always avoided QuarkXPress becaus...

“I always avoided QuarkXPress because it used frames for everything. Now InDesign is the same!”

Actually, PageMaker has also always used frames to hold both text and graphics—it’s just that the frames were usually invisible. For example, a “text block” in PageMaker is just a frame, but you can only see its top and bottom edges when you click on it. With that in mind, InDesign’s frames are virtually identical to PageMaker’s. You can draw a frame and then put content into it, or you can use the File>Place command to import text or graphics without a frame (InDesign creates a frame and inserts the contents for you automatically). InDesign lets you hide the frame’s edges (View>Hide Frame Edges) to avoid that cluttered look on your screen.

When it comes to drawing frames or shapes on your page, InDesign’s Frame and Shape tools are virtually identical to PageMaker’s. The frames themselves do have a few minor cosmetic changes. For example, the In and Out ports used for linking text frames act pretty much the same in the two programs, but in InDesign they’re located at the upper-left and lower-right corners (instead of PageMaker’s placement at the top and bottom of the frame; see Figure 1-2, in the previous chapter).


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