The Frame Settings Panel
All the options for Advanced Item Design can be found in the Frame Settings panel in the Cacidi LiveMerge palette.
Auto text scaling
By using the 6 different insert fields at the top of the Cacidi LiveMerge Frame Settings Panel, it is possible to automate text scaling, kerning and leading.
A text frame must be selected when the following features are applied.
The two entry fields in the first entry field row, control automatic font size, downscale and upscale.
The middle two entry fields control text kerning, and the last row controls text leading.
The entries will be prioritized top down, ie if font scaling percentages are filled into the entry fields, this has first priority, then secondly kerning, followed by leading as priority three. If nothing is filled into the font scaling fields, kerning now rules with first priority, and so forth.
Cacidi LiveMerge will attempt to use these settings when a text box has text overset upon production to allow all text to fit into the frame.
Note, that each characters can have an individual text size and that these relative sizes are honored by the Scale options.
Balance Text Columns
Checking the Balance text Columns box will automatically make sure that content within multi column text frames are equally balanced.
Resize Text Frame
By checking the Resize Text Frame button, and selecting one of the corresponding radio buttons for Top Binding or Bottom Binding, it is possible to control the size of the text-frame, which will automatically collapse, depending on the amount of text flowing into the specific text frame.
Remember, that boxes will only collaps, or become smaller, with this feature. On order to allow your text box to accomodate the largest amount of text available from your data source, your should make the box as large as possible and apply this feature.
Delete Empty Lines
By checking Delete Empty Lines and choosing a number of characters that a textline should at least contain to be considered empty, Cacidi LiveMerge will automaticaly delete lines with few characters in a text frame. Remember, that a hard return is considered a character.
The Move Frame checkbox relates to the feature Resize Text Frame, described above.
The Move Frame feature in combination with the Resize Text Frame feature allows the module to retract dynamically, depending on the amount of content flowing into the item design. In Cacidi terminology, this feature is called Rubberband because of its ability to dynamically shrink the item design, relative to amount of dynamic content.
For example: If an item design consists of a two text boxes (Box1 and Box2), and Box 1 has the Resize Text Frame feature applied and Box2 has Move Frame according to Frame-1 (which, in this example, is Box1), Box2 will automatically position itself immediately after Box1s bottom endpoint, and by that allow the entire module to dynamically shrink depending on the amount of text flowing into Box1.
In order to populate the Frame-number popup menu with the correct number of frames in the item design, select every frame in the design and click the Frame Settings panel tongue. This will apply a small number on every frame chosen allowing you to see what number any given frame has as well as populate the popup menu with the correct number of frames.
In the above example, Box1 would have 1 applied to it and Box2 would have 2 applied (and you should therefore choose Frame-1 as the frame which Box2 should move according to.
It is very important, that the frame that is moving (Box2) is placed above the frame it is moving according to. To ensure that, click the moving frame and choose Bring to Front from the Arrange submenu in the Object menu.
You can easily tell of a frame is placed before another by the numbers assigned to them when clicking on the Frame Settings panel tongue - a lower number means a frame is placed further back.
Image Merge Field
Merge data applied to Image frames are put into this field. In addition to entering a field from the data source you can also add image extensions like .jpg to the field to allow for the correct image to be placed in the frame.
Advanced Image Merge Field options
Cacidi LiveMerge allows you to enter additional information in the Image Merge field to further control the placement, scaling and rotation of placed images.
The syntax is
Where Scaling is the image scaling in percent (100 means no scaling), H_offset is the Horizontal offset by the top left corner of the image frame, V_offset is the Vertical offset, Rotation is the clockwise rotation in degrees and KeepPlaceholder should be either kfalse or ktrue where kfalse will delete any placeholder image in the frame and ktrue will keep the placeholder image if the selected image from the data source is empty or does not exist.
If you have applied first or second scaling to the image frame using the options mentioned below, you can keep this scaling by entering 0 as Scaling.
The information should be entered after data merge field or image path, like this:
Meaning, that the image from the [Image] merge field should be scaled at 77%, placed with a horizontal offset of 77 points and a vertical offset of 20 points. The image should be rotated clockwise 45° and if the image does not exist, any placeholder image should be deleted from the image frame.
First Scale - scale to image frame
The image is adjusted to the frame without cropping the image.
Second Scale - fill image frame
The image is adjusted to the frame so that the entire image frame is covered. Parts of the image will be cropped.
Fit Frame to Image
The image frame will be resized according to the size of the image placed inside it.
Additional image placing options
By clicking any of the nine dots in the Image Alignment control you are able to anchor an image in any of the nine positions: Top left, Top center, Top-right, Middle-left, Middle-center, Middle-right, Bottom-left, Bottom-center and Bottom right.
Delete Empty Box
Check this for an image that does not always have a reference in the datasource to prevent empty image frames to show up after production.