IDML (InDesign Markup Language) is an XML-based format for representing InDesign content. If you set a minimum and/or maximum height limit using Typefi AutoFit and pass the InDesign document through IDML, your Typefi AutoFit resizing settings are lost.
Who does this affect?
This issue affects Typefi AutoFit users who:
- Are using AutoFit 8.7.1 or earlier, and
- Set an auto-size option using the AutoFit panel, and
- Set a minimum and/or maximum height limit using the AutoFit panel, and
- Exported their InDesign file (.indd) to an IDML file (.idml).
Why do the Typefi AutoFit auto-sizing options disappear?
The Typefi AutoFit resize controls are a proxy for InDesign’s built-in Text Frame Options → Auto-Sizing controls.
However, if you also use Typefi AutoFit to set a minimum and/or maximum height limit, Typefi AutoFit replaces (turns off) InDesign’s Auto-Sizing controls, since InDesign doesn’t support a maximum height limit.
When you save the InDesign file as an IDML file and re-open it to create a new InDesign document, InDesign’s built-in Text Frame Options → Auto-Sizing overrides the equivalent Typefi AutoFit settings. This is why your AutoFit resizing settings are lost when they pass through IDML.
Reset your auto-sizing options in the Typefi AutoFit panel:
- Select the frame.
- Open the Typefi AutoFit panel (Window → Typefi → AutoFit).
- Choose an auto-size option from the pop-up menu.
We’re investigating how to improve this scenario so that when Typefi AutoFit turns InDesign’s Auto-Sizing off (due to the minimum and maximum height limits), your AutoFit settings remain after opening your document from IDML.
If this workaround doesn’t work for you, please contact us. We’re happy to help.