Welcome to my InDesign flatplan! I’m delighted to present this product to you, that will hopefully ease the planning of your editorial design projects in the future. You can choose between a text based or an image based flatplan – of course you can use both. First I will show you the text based version. I open the document in InDesign. As you can see from the file extension, this is a template file. If I open that in InDesign, you’ll get a document, that is still unnamed. You can see that in the header and also the date of saving can be seen here. Showing the layers – I move the canvas a bit upwards – then you’ll see that the date is set dynamically as well as the document title. I’m saving this document with the name “Magazine”, activate and deactivate the preview with the keyboard shortcut “W”. As you see, the title has been inherited from the document title. Now I hide the descriptive layer again. A second layer shows the markers for the print production. I show and hide it right here. The colorful lines correspond to a correct number of pages necessary for a print production, which – as you probaly know – has to be divisable by four. In case you find yourself inbetween those markers, you know, you still have to add pages until the next line. I hide the Layer Panel again. I also deactivate the preview and now we can see how this document is setup. There are text boxes and in those textboxes there are saller text boxes, that contain tables. This setup, makes it possible to move the pages around the document. I select for instance the content of thsi table cell, color it as well as the content here – this will make it easier to see the movement of the pages. If I set the cursor right here in this space and additionally mark the second text box, which is an anchored object – I now can – if I click into this empty space and keep the mouse button pressed down – move this spread to any location within the document. As you can see, the page numbers get adjusted automatically and this way you can easily adapt your layouts. Are you not able to move your pages you have to check your InDesign preferences for a special option that is probably deactivated. I hit CMD “K” on a Mac or CTRL “K” on a PC and in the section “Input” the box »Activate In Layout View« should be checked, to move text via dragging and placing. Another pssibility to adjust the flatplan, would be to place an advertisement. I mark this with a blue background. I’m zoomin in to increase the visibility. I you have to place the ad on page 10 instead of page 11, then again activate the text tool. Already the indicator for marking a table shows. Select the right page and the cursor indicates that you can move those table cells. This will only work if you have InDesign CC 2014 or higher installed. If you click an drag you will be able to move the right page to the left and the ad is updated. The documents are set in Arial by default, so they will work on any compoter system. You can adjust the font to your personal preference. I defined several paragraph styles. There are different styles for different things. All those styles are based on this base paragraph sytle. If you wish you can also edit those styles individually. It should be sufficient though to only edit the base style. I open the paragraph style options dialogue and change the Font Family to “Minion”; I activate the preview and as you can see the different sorts of text change throughout the document. I deactivate the preview and everything changes back to Arial. Now I will show you the image based flatplan. I save this layout and close it. I open the file »Flatplan_dynamic_210x280_images«. This is again a template file, which means the new document will be an unnamed document. We can easily change that. Save the document as »Magazin_Bilder«. And you can immediately see that the document name was updated instantly. Deactivating the preview with the shortcut “W” you can see, that in this table we many image frames and those image frames can be filled with images or even pages from PDFs or other InDesign documents. I’d like to insert a magazine with 28 pages at once, to show you which trick has to be used to make InDesign place all images at the same time into the table cells frames. I start with File place … I use a file called »Layout«. The option »Static Captioning« has to be activated, to place all pages one after the next in one run. Usually this step is not necessary if you have separate image frames that are not anchored in a table. Adittionally I activate the import options by holding the SHIFT button while I click the “Open” button. I could have a look at the pages. I will import all pages. From 1 to 28; Here are the trim options. I keep those at Page-Bounding-Box. I press “OK” and start now to fill up all the frames. First I place the cover. Followed by an ad on the inner cover page. I have to continue below, because the next two placeholders belong to the two pages of the back cover. I continue here and place one page after the next into the layout. I fast forward so you don’t have to watch me placing all the other pages. Now we arrived at the end and I can finish up with placing the ads on the back cover pages. I zoom in a bit, we see the layout. The advantage of placing InDesign pages is, that if pages get changes in the source document they will be automatically updated in the flatplan. You can see that as well in the Links Panel. Let’s do that just for demonstration purposes. I open the source file with and ALT-Click on the image and let’s move the story from pages 8-9 two pages backwards. I save the file and switch back to my flatplan. In the background we can already see how the document is updated. And yes, the pages are already exchanged. I zoom out again. If you plan a magazine or a different publication with more than 80 pages – 80 pages are already set up –, I added a second. I deactivate athe preview again. As you can see, the text frame is already threaded to the next page and new new pages will flow right into this frame. What you have to do now, is to go to the end of your page range As there is only a single page I place my cursor – I hold down the SHIFT-key and push the right arrow key. The first time to activate the space character and the second time to select the text frame. I delete the selection. With the SHIFT-key pressed I hit the left arrow key to select the table including the previous space character. Pressing CMD / CTRL »Copy« I copy the selection. Now I move the cursor to the end and paste … and paste again. This led us automatically onto the second page and I can now add as many pages with additional pasting as desired. Let’s assume we have a publication with 128 pages. At the end if you prefer to see a single page, select the table with your text tool. Hitting SHIFT-Delete the table cells will be erased and also down here you can eliminate the table cells with SHIFT-Delete. I jumped back to the main page and I will show you, how you can adjust the pagination, if you want to have the page number of your magazine reflected by the flatplan. When getting quotes from your printer the cover and core pages are often shown as separate pages. In our example we have a cover with 4 pages and a core of 24 pages. That’s why I have set the numbering from 1 to 24. If you want to see the pagination from your magazine – in this case this would be page number 3 – go together, you can do the following to achieve this. Click with the mouse in the text box of your pagination. Up in the Control Panel you can see that the function numbered list is activated. Click the symbol with the ALT-key pressed and the option dialogue will pop up. In the mode section change the number 1 to 3, activate the preview, and you can see that the page numbers have been adjusted. Confirm with »OK« and your flatplan pagination matches the pagination in your magazine.