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FreeHand MX Center text with in box.

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This maybe a really easy question but i'm not sure.  I have a doc open and inside have a box with different text sections within it.  What i'm tring to do is center the text in realation to the size of its contaner box.  It takes forever to eyeball something like that.  i'm using freehand mx.
Thanks for any help,
jt
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by:j_tipps
ID: 13636949
If wasn't clear maybe this will help.
I'm trying to center the "text" inside main box then center the "side info" inside its box.

Header
-------------------------------
text                | side info  |
text                |               |
text                |               |
-------------------------------
Footer
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by:lherrou
ID: 13637120
I think you can handle the text box as you would any other object, and select Window -> Align to display the Align panel, which you can use to align the text box. Probably works best if your text box is closely sized to the text block within it...
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by:j_tipps
ID: 13637169
ya, the problem with that is the text is stretching every time then when try to set the % amount of space the text should take up within it's own box it gets all jacked up and screwy looking.  

This how i have been trying to do it.

Make Container box;
Make Text;
Center Text in its own box;
Stretch Text's box to Container box's edges;

Now at this point the text is centered correctly BUT the text is jacked up.  

Change % amount that the text should take up of its box;

Now the text is just messed up.

I have been playing with it up can't seem to get all my different text boxes to look the same.  They all will have a unique % amount since they all don't say the same thing.  Like "Technical Support" would take up 80% while "Web Design" would take up 50%.  It’s really hard coming up with the correct % amount to make all the text size and shape to look the same.
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by:j_tipps
ID: 13637185
hey, if you can suggest a better app to produce print documents tell me.  I don't like publisher that much and the only reason i like fireworks a little is because of it's free form tool.
thanks for you help
jt
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lherrou earned 750 total points
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Well, the standards, if you are doing much print work, are QuarkXpress and Adobe InDesign (formerly Pagemaker). Of course, they can be a bit on the expensive side ($999 and $699 respectively).

I don't do a lot of print work, so while I started with Pagemaker, I find I rarely use it, and haven't upgraded. The tool I use most is iGrafx Designer Suite (unfortunately no longer available) which combined a lot of object-based tools with almost all the capabilities of Photoshop.  You can still find older versions of the photo portion under the name "Picture Publisher" on eBay.

Corel Draw Esentials 2, at $80, is something I have considered, but haven't played around with. Unfortunately, they don't offer a trial version. But, at the price, might be worth a shot. Here's a couple of reviews:
http://www.cix.co.uk/~davedorn/reviews/soft/graphics/coreldrawessentials2.htm
http://www.pcplus.co.uk/reviews/default.asp?pagetypeid=2&articleid=29340&subsectionid=373&subsubsectionid=58

Last, but not least, a product which gets little attention, but is a decent DTP tool is Serif's Pageplus. Worth a look, at least.
http://www.serif.com/pageplus/pageplus10/index.asp
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