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    Default Text flow

    Is there any way I can get text to flow from one odd shape to another? Flowing from a text block to another is easy, but I'm filling odd shapes with text and it's a pain to get the text to flow from one to the other. Every time I make a change in the text I have to copy and past text back and forth from one shape to another.

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    Default Re: Text flow

    Not that I can figure out.
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    Default Re: Text flow

    charlescoffee, what I have done previously is make a negative of the required shapes repelling each text block and set up the flow between text blocks accordingly.

    If one shape is a star then place onto a larger box and Combine Shapes > Intersect All Shapes and discard the star. Set the negative to Repel Text Under.

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    Default Re: Text flow

    Yes, I thought of this solution, it seems more than a little awkward but I also think it will work. I was hoping there'd be an easier way. Some of the shapes and text elements are pretty random and they lay on top of other graphics which makes repelling from the negative shape difficult. I'm going to try grouping all the background shapes, moving this to the front and repelling. For now I've been copying and pasting text from another file, cutting text that overflows the shape and pasting it onto the next shape - which means that when I edit the text I often have to copy text onto each next shape in secession. My proof reading sucks so this method means errors are easy, which means going over the document several times to make the text work. Either way is a messy solution though I think slicing out the background may end up being easier. I wonder why Xara hasn't thought of this when they did the text flow from text boxes. Seems like something useful. As always, TalkGraphics members are a BIG help and I appreciate your input tons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charliescoffee View Post
    Yes, I thought of this solution, it seems more than a little awkward but I also think it will work. I was hoping there'd be an easier way. Some of the shapes and text elements are pretty random and they lay on top of other graphics which makes repelling from the negative shape difficult. I'm going to try grouping all the background shapes, moving this to the front and repelling. For now I've been copying and pasting text from another file, cutting text that overflows the shape and pasting it onto the next shape - which means that when I edit the text I often have to copy text onto each next shape in secession. My proof reading sucks so this method means errors are easy, which means going over the document several times to make the text work. Either way is a messy solution though I think slicing out the background may end up being easier. I wonder why Xara hasn't thought of this when they did the text flow from text boxes. Seems like something useful. As always, TalkGraphics members are a BIG help and I appreciate your input tons.
    You might be able to simplify the approach by putting the text and repelling objects on their own layer.

    Acorn
    Acorn - My currently active Xara software: occasionally serviced XDPX, purposely unserviced XDPX12 & XDPX11 (32/64-bit), unserviced XWD Premium 15 & 12, XPGD10, X3D7 and lots of 'permanently-owned' licences back through time (to CC's Artworks)

 

 

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