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Close window, text flow back to frame

When flowing the text back from the Eddie window to the frame, you may select between closing the window or leaving it open by using the appropriate icon. When exchanging texts between different documents in this manner, Calamus' mix mechanism comes into play. You will be familiar with this from various clipboard operations. Dialog boxes appear in which you are asked what to do with multiple colour or text style names. You will find the exact description of this procedure in the Duplicated object names chapter.


The text in the edit window will be inserted at the cursor position in the text frame.


The text in the frame will be replaced by the text from the edit window.

The Replace button refers either to the entire text, the selected block or the selected text ruler. The button label is context sensitive and changes to match the applicable action. In addition this dialog may display a message that warns you about inadvertently overwriting text:

The original text was changed

Parallel to the work in Eddie the text in the layout window was altered. Such changes may be lost when flowing back replacement text.

Different text piping chain is selected

The text in the Eddie window was derived originally from a different text piping chain to the one selected. This may happen, for instance, if you activate a different document accidentally while moving a window or taking some similar action. The message warns you about inadvertently overwriting the wrong text data.

No frame or too many frames selected

This really explains itself: The current page of the current document either has no text frame selected at all, or several text frames selected from different text piping chains.

Different text area is selected

The area in the layout text that would be replaced (entire text, selected block or selected ruler) does not match the text area that was originally transferred to the Eddie window.

Here is an example: A block is marked in the layout and the contents of this block opened as an Eddie window. During further work in Eddie and Calamus the block marking in the layout is deleted accidentally. When flowing back the text Eddie would replace the entire text instead of the desired block. Hence this warning message appears.

Calamus also requires that each text frame start with a text ruler and a style entry (in this order). If this rule is broken while sending back replacement text to the frame (because you have deleted or moved one of these control codes in the Eddie window) another alert message appears. Eddie simply jumps over the ruler and style control codes in the frame and starts replacing the text at the first character after them.

Abandon changes

The window will be closed, the text discarded.


No action, the window remains open.

Tip: Eddie knows which areas of the text have been altered. When sending back the text to the frame, Calamus will be induced to reformat only the changed areas. If you make only small changes, this can happen very quickly. All changed areas will be gathered up into a single area, and as a consequence several small but widely spaced alterations produce a large region to be reformatted. In such cases it is better to send back the text to the piping chain with the relevant Eddie function as soon as each individual change is made.

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Last updated on June 24, 2015

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