Flowing multiple text files in parallel throughout a document

ffetish's picture

I want to format a document such that the top portion of the page contains the primary text, the lower portion a "sub" text running in parallel throughout (the lower portion to be set in a slightly different but clearly related font). Is there a word-processing application that will allow me to work on what are essentially two different documents, on one and the same screen/page? Ditto for DTP software: is there an easy way to flow two separate text files in parallel across an identical page range?

clauses's picture

Any DTP app will be able to do this without problem. Trying to do it in a word processor will be agony. Scribus is a free open source DTP application that will perform somewhat like QuarkXPress.

Gary Long's picture

I've never had to do a layout like that. Both Quark and InDesign will allow it easily enough. I don't think the app I use (InDesign CS) would let me create two separate master text frames on the master page, so I'd probably make a master text frame for one of the parallel text flows, and flow that one automatically. For the other I'd create an ordinary master page text box and flow the text manually.

AzizMostafa's picture

PageMaker is the Best.
http://typophile.com/node/33157
Regards + Flowers

AzizMostafa's picture

Here is more-or-less how
http://typophile.com/node/33132
All the Best with Flowers

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