Main Story Frames are used for inserting main body content, such as the chapters in a book. It is the most commonly used frame type in a Typefi-ready template. A Main Story Frame must be placed on each master page that is defined in a Main Story Section (see Types of Typefi Sections).
How do Main Story Frames work?
During the automated page composition process, Typefi publishes content into Typefi Sections and uses the Master Pages defined by the Sections to create document pages. Typefi automatically runs content into Main Story Frames, creating new document pages and filling these frames until all content is placed according to the pagination settings (such as the page numbering style/mode and the section prefix/marker) for that Section.
🔑 Key concepts:
- Main Story Frames are placed on master pages used by Typefi Sections.
- Main Story Frames contain the main text flow of the section.
- There should only be one Main Story Frame per master page.
Create a Main Story Frame
- Open the Pages panel (Window → Pages) and select a master page.
- Create an InDesign text frame and select it.
- Choose Object → Typefi Frame Type → Main Story. Alternatively, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (macOS) the selected frame and choose Typefi Frame Type → Main Story from the shortcut menu. The frame border is assigned a colour (red by default).
Do I need to set an AutoFit resize style on a Main Story frame?
Nope! In fact, doing so will cause your jobs to run more slowly.
What if I have a multi-column layout?
For multi-column layouts, create a single text frame and use InDesign's Text Frame Options (Object → Text Frame Options) to set the number of columns and gutter width. Do not draw separate frames for each column.
How do I make sure my columns are balanced?
If you would like the last page of a section—which may not have enough text to fill all the columns on the page—to balance, then you will need a custom script. Contact your Solutions Consultant.
Do not select the Balance Columns checkbox (located in InDesign's Text Frame Options dialog and the Typefi AutoFit panel) on Main Story Frames. Doing so will slow your jobs considerably because InDesign will be attempting to balance columns at the same time Typefi is attempting different layout options during composition.