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click on any PlaceHolder property to navigate to its help topic

click on any PlaceHolder property to navigate to its help topic

PlaceHolders ScriptLines are similar to BlankPages in that they do not contain any information that will appear in the final output file.


On the right is a screenshot of the properties of PlaceHolder scriptlines, as displayed in the properties inspector. Click on any of the properties in that image to navigate to the corresponding help topic.


However, while BlankPages are destined to remain blank in the final diary, PlaceHolders are setting aside pages that will have content in the final printed diary.


PlaceHolders are often used in custom jobs where a client may be supplying ready-made film that will be used along with the output file to burn printing plates.


They can also be used when the client is supplying a printed and folded signature to be inserted into the diary as it is assembled.


Another possibility is that the client is supplying his custom pages in an electronic file format that cannot be incorporated into a QuarkXPress output file, but can be merged with it in the imposition software.


Using the Hide PlaceHolders option of the Generation Options property, you can have the pages of a PlaceHolder be blank (as if they were BlankPages). But, it is recommended that you leave those identifiers to better differentiate between BlankPages and PlaceHolders in your output file.


By default, the label and comments properties of a PlaceHolder ScriptLine will appear as shown below left in the output file.




Tokens in PlaceHolders


Some global tokens can be included in either the label and comments properties of a PlaceHolder ScriptLine. These are the tokens [year] Script Year (including year offsets thereof), [yyyy:now] Year of Now, and [ref#] Job/Reference Number.



This is useful to be able to apply year and reference/SKU information to PlaceHolder pages, using a Global Sara such as the one below.



In such SARAs, the FIND text can be a token but it can also be any text that you wish, while the CHANGE side can be a combination of the tokens allowed in Global Saras as well as any plain text.