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Lawrence Haber Calculating status...
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Apr 8, 2013 2:50 PM

Hi,

 

I am working in Layout mode and am moving an object around. And if I move the object with my mouse to a region on the page, it disappears. I can see that it is there, but I becomes invisible. Elsewhere on the page, no issues.But if move the object with my arrows, it might not didsappear. A square doesn't disappear when moved with arrows, but a text box still disappears.

 

I don't think there is anything else on the layout page blocking visiblity and and I tried doing same with a fresh blank page within the document the issue still occurs.

 

I would appreciate help or suggestions on how to resolve this.

 

Best,

 

 

Larry Haber

Mac OS X (10.7.3), Pages 4.1
  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,740 points)
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    Apr 8, 2013 10:00 PM (in response to Lawrence Haber)

    Could take screen shots on how it looks?  You can use Cmd + Shift + 4 and drag the new cursor over the screen.

  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,740 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 5:06 AM (in response to Lawrence Haber)

    What happens if you use Format > Bring to Front on the selected object?

  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,195 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 1:39 PM (in response to Lawrence Haber)

    Larry,

     

    Try doing your project in a blank Page Layout Template. I think your problems will disappear, and your objects won't.

     

    Alternately, make absolutely sure that all your objects are Floating and not Inline.

     

    Jerry

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,340 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 6:15 PM (in response to Lawrence Haber)

    Menu > View > Show Invisibles

     

    You simply have a combination of objects with Wrap set on and returns, spaces and other invisbles that are being pushed around by the wrap of the objects.

     

    When you move particular objects to certain positions they are causing other objects which are inline (part of the text) to be pushed off the page.

     

    You can elect to make all objects floating:

     

    click on object > Inspector > Wrap > Floating

     

    To turn off wrap:

     

    click on object > Inspector > Wrap > uncheck Object causes wrap

     

    Peter

  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,740 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 9:30 PM (in response to Lawrence Haber)

    In a Page Layout document the object are always floating.

     

    Does it matter which object you have at that problematic location?

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,340 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 11:25 PM (in response to fruhulda)

    fruhulda

     

    An object can be inline in a TextBox or Shape, whether in a Word Processing or Layout template.

     

    It can then be affected by the Wrap of other objects.

     

    Peter

  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,740 points)
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    Apr 10, 2013 3:13 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    Ok, Peter.  I didn't that one would do it so complicated. In this case the OP has grouped the objects sp the whole grouped should dissapear and not just one part.

  • Jeff Shenk Level 4 Level 4 (2,000 points)
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    Apr 10, 2013 1:33 PM (in response to Lawrence Haber)

    In a layout document, all objects are floating unless they are contained within the text of a textbox or a shape. I don't imagine that, or the wrap settings mean much here.

     

    An object (or a grouped object) can only be on one page, but if you drag an object so that it spans the border between two pages. Pages displays the part that is on one page normally and it displays the part that overlaps the other page as a "ghost" image similar to what you are showing. I haven't played with it enough to figure out how Pages determines to which page the object is "attached."

     

    My guess, which is only a guess because I can't duplicate it, is that you are seeing a variation of a bug that some people have run into with long word processing documents where the user interface gets confused with respect to the page boundaries and can't select text toward the bottom of the page near the end of the document. Some part of the graphic processor thinks the bottom of the page is a few centimeters higher than it really is, so it is showing the object as if it is attached to the next page. My suspicion (again, just speculation) is that it is some kind of rounding error in the conversion between points in the document and pixels on the screen when the zoom is set to something other than 100%, which seems consistent with the problem getting progressively worse the further you go down a long document.

     

    If this is the case, some people have had (at least temporary) success with copying the entire contents and pasting into a new, clean document, but since I have never personally encountered the anomally, I don't have direct experience of that.

  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,740 points)
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    Apr 10, 2013 1:33 PM (in response to Lawrence Haber)

    Would you mind sending me a copy of the document, so I can have a look at it? You'll find my address if yu click on my blue name.

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