Tracking

Tracking adjusts the space to the right of each character. Increasing the tracking increases the amount of space between all text, regardless of its character and word spacing, and thus brightens a page. Decreasing the tracking reduces the space between all text and darkens a page.

PageStream offers five predefined tracking tables ranging from Very Loose to Very Tight. The tracking amount when you apply a tracking table depends on the type size; large sizes are tracked more tightly than small sizes. For example, the Normal track adds 0.01 ems between characters at 8 points and removes 0.02 ems at 24 points. No space is added or removed at 12 points. One em is equal to the size of the text, so adding 0.01 ems to 8 point type adds 0.08 points of space.

Select None to avoid using a preset tracking table. You can enter a custom tracking value if desired, and even use both a preset track and a custom value.

To change the tracking: Choose Tracking from the Type menu to display the Tracking dialog box, or use the Character view of the Edit palette. Select a preset track from the Set Tracking pop-up menu. Enter a custom track amount in 1/100ths of an em.

You can also adjust tracking with keyboard shortcuts for selected text. If text is not selected, the characters at the insertion point will be manually kerned.


Note: Amiga and Windows users should hold down the Alt key for the Option key.

Last Line Flush Zone: Enter the width of the justification zone for the last line of text in a paragraph. If the line ends within this zone, it will be force justified. Use this option with care because this can add an extreme amount of space between characters and words.

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