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Atomik Xport is all about automation and this means utilising as much information as already exists on the page as possible. The Boxes in Lines Preference is an example of this.
Publications commonly include lines to differentiate between different content items. If you look at a typical daily newspaper, both horizontal and vertical line dividers are used to separate the newspaper stories. With the Boxes in Lines preference enabled, Atomik Xport can use these line dividers (drawn with either the Line Tool or the Orthogonal Line Tool in InDesign) to guide it as to what content belongs together.
The Boxes in Lines preference causes Atomik Xport to follow the principle box ordering preference (default or reverse) UNTIL it encounters a line (either horizontal or vertical) in the InDesign document. The line acts as a boundary for the principle box ordering preference.
For example, if Default Box Ordering and the Boxes in Lines preference are selected, Atomik Xport will move downwards from one text box to the next, until it reaches a Line. At this point, Atomik Xport will move to the top of the next column to the right. From there it will move downwards from one text box to the next again.
Example of the order in which Atomik Xport would follow if the Boxes in Lines preference is enabled with ‘Default Box Ordering’