InDesign CS6 has a great feature for text blocks - Auto-Size.
For a catalogs - can not be better!
I wrote the text, then put a minus, and ... oops, the block shattered!
Try it yourself:
Make a text box -> Cmd+B (Mac) or Ctrl+B (Win) -> select tab "Auto-Size",
the drop-down menu, select Height and Width, the reference point assign the lower left (for example)
and put a check No Line Breaks (the text is not tolerated at random and manual soft linebreak) -> OK
Next, write any text - instantly block acquires a size of the text relative to a reference point.
And... writing "-" (minus).
All unit scatters to the borders of Pasteboard.
Tested on three computers on Macs and PC - the result is the same.
Other characters don't produce such brutal effect.
What's the trick, brothers?
I trust in your help!
P.S. Sorry for my poor English :)