InDesign CS5: Span/Split Columns

One of the more compelling features in InDesign CS5 is the Span/Split columns feature. It’s a setting that enables a paragraph to span multiple columns in a text frame. Not only that, the feature enables you to split columns of text into multiple sub-columns. This feature is an enormous time saver for a whole lot of layout artists.

However, there are a couple gotchas and limitations in the first iteration of this feature.

See the movie below for the details.

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6 thoughts on “InDesign CS5: Span/Split Columns

  1. […] Hey, it’s Tim Cole again! This time, with an 8-minute movie about split and span columns. […]

  2. […] Entertaining Video on Spanning and Splitting Columns – Tim Cole is back! If you’re an InDesign fan, pay attention to Tim Cole’s blog. In this 8-minute video, Tim goes covers the new Span/Split Columns feature in InDesign CS5, including pitfalls to avoid. I was a little disappointed that Tim didn’t break out his Pee Wee Herman voice, but at least he gave us a Monty Python song, “Span, span, span, span . . . wonderful span.” […]

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  4. […] Entertaining Video on Spanning and Splitting Columns – Tim Cole is back! If you’re an InDesign fan, pay attention to Tim Cole’s blog. In this 8-minute video, Tim covers the new Span/Split Columns feature in InDesign CS5, including pitfalls to avoid. I was a little disappointed that Tim didn’t break out his Pee Wee Herman voice, but at least he gave us a Monty Python song, “Span, span, span, span . . . wonderful span.” […]

  5. […] InDesign Creating footnotes Spanning and splitting columns Paragraphs that span and split columns Span/Split Columns Document installed fonts Table […]

  6. David Peattie says:

    Thanks Tim! nice video, and nice to know about the footnote problem. I hope they fix it soon! We’re having some “keep” errors with text that we’re spanning (allowing single lines on the next page, when we’ve turned limited it to 2 lines).

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