Typefi AutoFit is a plug-in for Adobe InDesign that enables you to create dynamic page objects that react and respond automatically as content changes. You can define relationships between objects, apply auto-sizing behaviours to text frames, enforce minimum and maximum frame sizes, and automatically balance columns in multi-column text frames.
When you install Typefi AutoFit, two components are added to Adobe InDesign: the AutoFit tool and the AutoFit panel.
TIP AutoFit is available as a free download from the Typefi website.
Using the AutoFit tool
The AutoFit tool is used to define parent-child relationships between objects, so that when the ‘parent’ object is moved or resized, its ‘child’ objects automatically adjust accordingly. You can define multi-parent and bi-directional relationships between frames and other objects (see Create AutoFit relationships).
To access the tool, choose Window → Tools, and then select the AutoFit icon near the bottom of the Tools panel.
Using the AutoFit panel
The Typefi AutoFit panel is used to apply dynamic behaviours to frames. The Auto-size options enable you to configure text frames that automatically resize with their content (see Auto-size your text frames). The selected Reference Point indicates how a text frame resizes (see Specify a reference point). You can also balance columns in multi-column text frames, and enforce frame size limits. To access the AutoFit panel, choose Window → Typefi → AutoFit.
NOTE AutoFit relationships and any settings applied in the AutoFit panel are preserved when exporting to a snippet file, an object library, or as an InDesign Interchange (INX) or InDesign Markup (IDML) file.
Using Scripting to DO MORE
The free edition of Typefi AutoFit, available for download from the Typefi website, is not scriptable or licensed for use with InDesign Server.
Typefi AutoFit is also available as part of Typefi Designer, a commercial suite of plug-ins for Adobe InDesign to help you build design intelligence into layouts that can be automated with InDesign Server. For more information about Typefi, Typefi Designer, and our automated publishing solutions for print, online and mobile, please contact us.