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


Usually PlaceHolders are 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.


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



Note that 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. The CHANGE side can be a combination of the tokens allowed in Global Saras as well as any plain text.


Using the Hide PlaceHolders option of the Generation Options property, you can have theses pages 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.

Topic 12000 updated on 11-Aug-2018.
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