Adjust Layout: add an option to ignore objects anchored in text or bring back legacy (2018) layout adjustment
I always made extensive use of the old layout adjustment feature in 'margins and columns', yet the new 'adjust layout' gives inconsistent and confusing results, resizing objects that never used to get changed.
It's gone from being very useful to a liability.
For me it was great for resizing the main text frame on multi-page (100s+ pages) books, but leaving the objects pasted into the text frame alone (figures, etc). Also moving page numbers aligned with margins, but not changing the sizes.
The new feature stretches and distorts carefully measured objects/figures, changes anchored object settings (at least, things move about incorrectly without the numbers updating) and causes other weird behaviours.
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Andrew Ireland commented
Adobe.... you mentioned you would review this shortly... how's it going? Two years later and this bug still appears to be wrecking havoc.
In our situation, we have anchored objects in a text frame. when the anchored object (text frame) within is updated, the layout/spacing doesn't update as expected, unless the text frame is resized.
Jeremy Bohn commented
Any updates on this. The same thing happens to me in InDesign 2022. I work for a company that does a lot of books and uses anchored images. Changing pages to different margins will affect the anchored image, causing me extra time to go back and double check that all the anchored images are still as I left them. Sometimes the images get scaled down to a minuscule percentage!
JENNIFER LAYNE MUSIC commented
ANY UPDATES? I just completed a 324 page book with 100+ colour photos. Everything was perfect. Amazon's suggestions for margins template were far too narrow (and I even added space above and beyond just in case). I received my printed copy and I have to adjust the margins. Upon doing so, all the images inside text frames (that have captions created by Indesign's caption function) are now all totally askew. Images had either 1, 2, or 3 lines of captions. I had to do a lot of math for image heights to calculate image sizing for each caption line amount option to ensure even spacing. Changing the margins has removed some captions, resized the image and/or the frame, and misaligned all. This is totally unacceptable! You are supposed to be the premiere publishing software, industry standard. I cannot believe how ridiculous this is. What should have taken 5 minutes, I've been pulling my hair out for 4 hours now. I have to redesign the ENTIRE BOOK! What the actual hell.
Yes, please bring back at least the option for the legacy layout adjustment. I also used to use this all the time while designing books, as I could tweak margins as I worked until I got it just right. I could adjust the margins on a single master page and its automatic text box would automatically resize to fit those margins without messing everything else up. As it is, I have to carefully write down all x and y coordinates of all master page items and then manually adjust them. Or I have to adjust the margins on a single master and then go in and manually adjust the text box. What is the purpose of this? The way it works now makes for a laborious process with no benefit that I can see. It looks more like someone had fun programming this behavior, but never asked what it was for.
I have the same problem in Indesign 2020. Adjusting layout / changing margins adjusts the image scaling or image frame size of the anchored or inline image.