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Document Design

Screenshot of InDesign master page with Typefi framesIn the Typefi Publish workflow, design is separate from content, allowing designers to focus their skills on typography, layout and graphic design.

Designs for most documents are created in Adobe® InDesign® templates. In a few special cases, additional design work is needed, such as a CSS for EPUB, but these may also be controlled by the InDesign template.

If something can be done with InDesign, it can be done using Typefi Publish. For the few things that InDesign doesn’t handle, Typefi provides modules and extensions for additional functionality beyond InDesign’s capabilities.

When we talk about “design”, typography and graphic design are only two aspects. The best designers also have a deep understanding of structural design and have the ability to identify the components common across your content to keep the number of templates, sections and styles needed to a minimum. Typefi’s professional design consultants can help analyse your content for optimal settings, as well as train your designers in best practice template development.

Master pages and page objects

InDesign contentA Typefi InDesign template uses master pages and page “objects”, just like a normal InDesign document does. Page objects are the main story frames, text frames, shape frames and image frames that comprise a layout design. With Typefi Publish, these objects can be fixed to the page, in-line with the main text, or floating, that is, the position relative to the page and the text may vary.

The designer creating the template controls page layouts, object styles, table styles, and typography — the fonts, size, colour, leading and so on of paragraph and character styles — just like a designer creating an InDesign document by hand does.

Using the Typefi Designer plug-in for Adobe InDesign, the designer then assigns rules to the pages and objects to automate the design. That means the designer does all the same creative design work, but doesn’t have to apply the designs manually to each and every instance in the content — a tedious and laborious task for anyone.

The Typefi Designer plug-in enables the designer to apply settings for automation that define object placement rules, set limits for dynamic frame resizing, and specify relationships between objects.

The designer also has the ability to define the master pages that belong to different content sections; whether the first master page of the section starts only on recto, only on verso or on either page; subsequent master pages and whether they repeat; and page numbering options for the section. The designer also specifies any text fields required for the section, such as a title.

Different designs can be created for exactly the same content, just by using a new template. This is particularly useful for publishing into different-sized documents of the same format, and also for publishing to completely different formats. For example, a template optimized for EPUB might eliminate unnecessary elements like running headers and footers, in addition to setting the rules for exporting to EPUB.