Wireframes: Illustrator/Indesign question…

18 Aug 2008 - 8:54pm
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I think you might be better off creating your wireframes in InDesign.
You can create a master page with common elements, then put each
wireframe on a different page. InDesign CS3 you can import other
InDesign documents as graphics and if you choose "show import
options" when you place the file, you can select which page is
shown. This will update automatically when you update your wireframes
document (I ran a quick test).

One disadvantage to your method (and this would hold true with
Illustrator) is that you'll be placing over and over a file that
might be very large, which will tend to weigh down your document. To
keep files slim, it would be better to make a different file for each
wireframe, or at least keep them down to fewer pages.

Good luck!

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19 Aug 2008 - 3:21am
Ronald The


If you work on a Mac, I would recommend to use Omnigraffle for the Wireframes. Much faster, multi-page, but shared layers, lots of IA libraries.

I often do full documentations in OmniGraffle, but you can also import the WFs to InDesign, if you have special Layout requirements, or a lot of copy.


20 Aug 2008 - 9:58am
Jeff Howard

Hi Meikel,

I work with a master Illustrator file that contains all my layers;
selectively turning them on/off in order to export different layer
combinations as separate, flattened files. This way I end up with a
layered master file that I can work in and several flattened files of
final artwork which can be imported into the layout and updated (by
re-exporting) as the master file changes.

If your workflow includes PDFs, then it's been my experience that a
layered Illustrator PDF will display slighly differently than a
flattened PDF in some instances. Because of this, I always discard
hidden layers by flattening the file when I export a particular

// jeff

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