Judie, Stuart is quite correct -- use the program the way it was designed to be used; minimal master pages and overrides -- you can do the "exception" graphics and text blocks (sidebars) the same way, by inserting an anchored frame and using it as a container for the graphic or text.
You may want to do some reading on the way FM works. It's not really a page layout or design program that works the way other desktop publishing programs or word processors work. It is dedicated to long document management, and it uses a series of containers (the frames) that are layered on top of each other to hold content. Cheers, Art On 6/19/07, Stuart Rogers <srogers at phoenix-geophysics.com> wrote: > Judie Vegh wrote: > > Doug and Art, > > > > Thanks so much for your responses, I will try these methods out and see > > what works best for my situation. > > > > As a follow up to this, would it be possible if I wanted text to expand > > across both columns at the bottom of the page? Say, instead of adding in > > a graphic to explain my steps, I'd like to add in a text box with some > > information relevant to the text/steps that are in the two columns? > > Would that then require a different master page? > > > > Judie, > > Stay away from trying to format individual pages by inventing new master > pages; instead, use the pagination tools available in the Designers and > the options for anchored frames. > > Sounds like you want to have your page look like the ones you've made > that have 2-col text at the top and a wide graphic spanning both columns > at the bottom. You've done that by inserting an anchored frame and > putting a graphic in it. But for your new purpose, don't put a graphic > in the anchored frame. Draw a text box inside it instead and then type > and format your explanatory text. > > Alternative methods would be to create a pgf tag set to Span All Columns > and apply that to your "sidebar" text at the bottom of the page, or > create a table (one or many rows/columns, borders or not, to suit) that > spans all columns. > > A table or a spanning pgf tag pretty much limits you to positioning > just after the 2-col body text unless you fuss with settings manually. > If you want all these graphics and sidebar texts to be flush with the > bottom of the page, an anchored frame can be set to Bottom of Column and > will stay there even if your 2-column text is shortened. > > HTH, > > -- > Stuart Rogers > Technical Communicator > Phoenix Geophysics Limited > Toronto, ON, Canada > +1 (416) 491-7340 x 325 > > srogers phoenix-geophysics com > > "Developers explain How the Product Works. > Technical writers explain How to Work the Product." -- Art Campbell art.campbell at gmail.com "... In my opinion, there's nothing in this world beats a '52 Vincent and a redheaded girl." -- Richard Thompson No disclaimers apply. DoD 358