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Working with alternate layouts

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Introduction

With Twixl Publisher and InDesign (CS6 or higher), you can take advantage of the liquid layout/alternate layout options. When using alternate layouts, we recommend starting your design based on a single layout format, e.g. iPad Landscape. You can then define the liquid layout options for each of your pages.

Alternate Layouts

Creating Alternate Layouts

Start by creating a new publication.

Once your design is more or less complete for the form factor you started with, and if you have set liquid layout rules for your objects, then the "Alternate Layouts…" option in the main view of the plug-in allows you to generate different versions for all your articles automatically.

Creating Alternate Layouts

E.g. if your first layout was iPad landscape, you will now be able to create the different alternate layouts automatically, in a single click, for all articles in your publication.

The plug-in will detect which articles already have alternate layouts defined, and will only offer to add them to those documents where they are not yet available.

New articles or publications created by the Twixl Publisher plug-in will use a specific naming convention for the alternate layouts:

  • iPad: "iPad H" for landscape and "iPad V" for portrait
  • Android 10 inch: "Android 10" H" for landscape and "Android 10" V" for portrait
  • Android 7 inch: "Kindle Fire/Nook H" for landscape and "Kindle Fire/Nook V" for portrait
  • Phones: "Phone H" for landscape and "Phone V" for portrait

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you create documents manually (and not from the plug-in's 'New article' menu option), make sure your alternate layouts use the naming convention above. If you have layouts with a different name, the preflight will generate an error. See also the article "Page sizes".

TIP:

If you want to create two Android layouts for both 10" and 7" versions, the best approach is to first create the Android 10" alternate layout based on the iPad layout, then make adjustments for the different aspect ratio, and once you're happy with the Android 10" layout, you can generate the 7" version that will be based on that.

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