CreateColumns Object Command

Draws text frames on a range of pages with one or more columns in them.

createcolumns [DEFAULT | MARGINS inside top outside bottom] [COLUMNS number] [GUTTER space] [link] [ROTATE angle | SKEW slantangle twistangle | SLANT angle | TWIST angle] [ABOUT pointx pointy | ABOUTCENTER] [constraint] [printable] [stack] [IDLIST stem] [PAGE number | WINDOW name] [TO number]

DEFAULT Creates frames matching the page guides. Default.

MARGINS/d The coordinates of the frames to create.

COLUMNS/i The number of columns in the frame. Default=1.

GUTTER/d The space between columns. Default=0.

link/k Specifies whether the frames are linked. Options: LINKED|UNLINKED.

ROTATE/d The rotation angle. Default=0.

SKEW/d The slant and twist angle. Default=0.

SLANT/d The slant angle. Default=0.

TWIST/d The twist angle. Default=0.

ABOUT/d The rotation point.

ABOUTCENTER Rotates around its center. Default.

constraint/k The aspect ratio constraint toggle. Options: CONSTRAIN|FREE (default).

printable/k The print object toggle. Options: PRINT (default)|NOPRINT.

stack/k The stack position. Options: INFRONT (default)|INBACK.

IDLIST/a Returns the object IDs for the new frames.

PAGE/s The page number. Default=current.

WINDOW/s The window name. Default=current.

TO/i The number of the last page in the range. Default=same as PAGE.


The identification number (handle) of the last text frame created is returned to RESULT.

count Number of frames created.
0 The object id of the first frame.
1 The object id of the second frame.


Use the drawcolumn command to draw a single column on one page and to draw a fixed size column. Use the createcolumns command to draw columns on more than one page, and to draw columns relative to the page size.


createcolumns default columns 2 gutter 0.25 column
createcolumns margin 1 1.25 0.75 1 page 5 to 15
createcolumns default rotate 45 inback page 'MyDoc~8'


CreateColumns  Command Definition  url:PGScmd/createcolumns
  created:2006-03-30 10:07:13   last updated:2006-08-18 11:18:39
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User Contributed Comments For CreateColumns
Dan Kilroy wrote...2006-05-03 15:03:05

Script command submitted from PageStream internal documentation. Needs to be checked and merged with the command documentation above.

Gets the {...} .

lastcolumnid = CreateColumns ([DEFAULT | MARGINS inside top outside bottom] [COLUMNS columncount] [GUTTER columngutter] PGS5.0.3.4:[FRAMED|INDIVIDUAL] [LINKED | UNLINKED] [ROTATE rotation | SKEW slant twist | SLANT slant | TWIST twist] [ABOUT x y | ABOUTCENTER] [INFRONT | INBACK] [CONSTRAIN | FREE] [PRINT | NOPRINT] [IDLIST &objectidlist/.COUNT.0.1.2] [PAGE document:...-pagenum | WINDOW document-window] [TO pagenum])

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User Contributed Comments For CreateColumns