This article will outline some of the reasons why your InDesign looks weird, and how to fix them.
Weird brackets and Purple Dots?
Sometimes you'll open InDesign or hit something by accident and all of your sign tags will look something like this, with orange and green brackets and purple dots within the rectangle.
This is because you are in Normal Screen Mode. This mode includes visual representations of paragraph breaks, overset text, and the DATA and XML tags in SignAgent Pro's sign tags.
You should be in Preview Screen Mode. This gives a cleaner and more elegant view of the project and your sign tags.
You can switch between the two modes by pressing W or by going to View > Screen Mode
What's wrong with my floor plans?
Your floor plans are all blurry and illegible... not much use! There's 2 reasons why this could be...
1. Typical Display Performance
Your Display Performance is on "Typical Display" when it should be on "High Quality Display"
Don't worry, this shouldn't cause any performance issues, as long as your plans have reasonable file sizes.
To fix this, simply right-click (or ctrl+click) on your floor plan, and select Display Performance > High Quality Display
2. Missing/Modified Links
If you try step 1. and that doesn't do anything, you may have a missing link.
First, open up the Links Panel (Window > Links)
If there's a Red circle with a question mark in it, then you're missing the link. This means that the original file has been moved, modified, or deleted and InDesign can't find it.
You can fix this by double-clicking on the red circle with a question mark and finding the file manually.
You can avoid this by keeping your floor plans in your SignAgent Pro™ folder (We suggest inside the Links folder!) or somewhere else static.
See the Adobe online tutorials for more info here: When to Link Graphics