RE: Parallel Columns setup for facing pages Eero Loone 2.Mar.10 08:04 AM a Web browser WordPro All ReleasesAll Platforms
I doubt whether you could do this. The file is too large. But it is worth of a try.
Read WordPro help on Frames, linked. Do some testing with a dummy file. Basically, you have to set up two frames with similar alignment options. You overfill the first one with text (some text will be pushed under the page and will become invisible). Thereafter you use the Link command to link the two frames (might be sensible to give them names, previously). Once the linking is there, the overflow will be pushed into the second frame.
Once the second frame starts to overflow, create a third frame and a link from the second to the third.
Of course, the second and consequtive frames have to be on the same side (all on left or all on right pages). The process has to be repeated for the alternate pages.
the number of links per file may have inbuilt limitations.
This can be overcome by unlinking pages (which will stop the text flow from a frame to a frame);
the number of frames per file may have unbuilt limitations. This can be overcome by splitting the file. In any case, a 400-page book should be broken down into chapters. A chapter begins naturally on next page, therefore, one can use divisions to collect the work (and not lose all of it if just one chapter becomes corrupt).
I do also recommend to prepare the text beforehand in 4 separate files (one for each column) and to copy chunks of it into the frames. Thus, editing an open file would be limited to minimum (spell-checks already done, etc.). Generally, publishers do all editing before turning the file over to layout creators.
After you have experimented with creating linked frames, you might want to come back here with questions which will remain or arise.
Tables might also provide an alternative to parallel columns.
You might still not succeed, for your project is not a task for a word processor, even for WordPro.