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  1. You can also make a Character Style in whatever colour or shade of grey you want to work with and then change the character style colour to white or "none" when you are finished. "None" might be safest with some print processes, deleting it off the master pages would be safer still. Then there is no extraneous (unused) code hanging around. These symbols are handy for applying a quick change in one character, to all other characters that have the same style applied.
  2. As a temporary work-around, you could put a 10~15% gray letter watermark on your master pages to show which ones have been applied. The watermark is easily removed for printing when you have finished the job. The example below includes the page number field, but you don't need that.
  3. Ah yes. I missed seeing that underlined letter.
  4. On my system, anyway. Win 7, AF Pub v Alt +V brings up the View menu. Releasing the keys, then hitting D brings up the Studio list. (Why "D" I wonder?) I'd prefer to keep my hand on my mouse (or pen), but this shortcut works. Thanks for the tip.
  5. What I was referring to was the whole list of studio panels found under VIEW > STUDIO , not a particular panel.
  6. I've only been a professional Graphic Designer for 30 years and a former power user of InDesign but I guess I am not as "sophisticated" as some. Je suis désolé. I'd still like to see one of the above options implemented. There is no reason why not. On my monitor there is a huge amount of space on the Menu line.
  7. It would be faster to access the STUDIO list of palettes if STUDIO was on the menu, perhaps between "View" and "Window". No doubt it is a major programming shuffle but accessing STUDIO is done frequently and one click is faster than two. Giving STUDIO a CTRL+? or ALT/CMD+? shortcut would help, too. And/or, make an icon for STUDIO so we can put it on the Toolbar if not on the menu. TKS.
  8. Thanks. To be honest, I discovered good info in the AF Pub HELP file under "Defaults > Object Defaults and > Toolbar". There seems to be good stuff under "Preferences", too. At least for newbies like me.
  9. The curse of nomenclature. For "Defaults" I read "Preferences". Say you usually want filled rectangles to be red with no stroke so you can see them clearly. You may change the colour and or shape, etc. later. Draw a red rectangle with no stroke. Select it. Edit > Defaults > Save will save that "default" globally for all future rectangles in the current publication and in all future publications (not just the one you are working in). You don't mind this because most of the time you want your starting rectangles to be red. That's just the way you are. But, if you want your rectangles to be another colour in this pub, you can change the default for this publication only by changing the colour of one rectangle, selecting it and clicking the LH Lotus, i.e. "Synchronise defaults to current selection". Subsequent rectangles in this publication only will be the new colour. To revert back to your global default (preference) for rectangles, click the RH Lotus, i.e. "Revert synchronised defaults back to saved defaults". Each new publication will always open with your saved default, in this case, red. It is a GLOBAL or persistent default unless you change it and save it, or revert back to factory settings under Edit > Defaults.
  10. Sorry to ask such a basic question but can anyone tell me what these two symbols do? TIA.
  11. Obviously image 2 is not what I wanted to include. How does one remove an uploaded image (i.e. UN-upload it?) TKS.
  12. Transform moves are currently (v absolute based on the rulers. It would be nice if moves could also be made RELATIVE to the current position of the object. Yes, I know that one can do arithmetic in the Transform x,y values boxes, e.g. "+1.5" and end up in the place desired for the FIRST iteration of, say, a duplicate but the resultant duplicate then has a new absolute value in the x, y boxes. Instead of being "1.5", the relative move distance, it will be "2.5", a total of the original y location plus 1.5 . Any attempt to put a second duplicate the same distance away from the first duplicate as the first dupe is from the original (i.e. 1.5 ) results in an error. Why is this of concern? You cannot then do a step-and-repeat numerically using the Transform dialogue and CTRL+J. You have to move the first duplicate manually. Only then is the movement recorded as relative and only then will the relocation of the subsequent duplicates be accurate. I would say relative moves are done far more often than absolute moves anyway and should be an option in the Transform palette.