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Yes, unchecking visibility in the Layers panel keeps a layer from printing. But it also cannot be seen. The request is to keep an item visible on screen, but suppress printing of that item.

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Back in the day, Serif’s vector drawing and page layout software had separate ‘Visible’ and ‘Printable’ settings, but several years ago they opted to go down the ‘if you can see it, it will print’ route, and they seem to have decided to continue with that approach. I personally think there’s something to be said for being able to specify that some layers should be visible at design time yet not included in the output, but I don’t hold out much hope for Serif choosing to revert to their old ways.


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Let me speak about "back in the day"... This can be traced back decades in the desktop publishing realm.

The desktop publishing app may perhaps present the vastest array of uses, and users, of any other software; and so , should offer the most versatility.
I mostly use my desktop publisher for printing labels and envelopes or composing downloadable pdfs for a website I run for a local club.
I may never use some of the more sophisticated features aimed at the professional, but appreciate the ease of use and availability of many features.
I am accustomed to creating orientation and other printing guides while figuring out how to create and print an envelope size my printer doesn't have built into it's driver.

The question is; should the user find a way to work around the software, or should the software work for the user?
The no-print is really helpful.

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I also like to use the no-print setting for dielines and other guides when working on packaging etc. 
Please add that among other already suggested settings into an "Appearance" panel, as this is going to impact the ability to make print ready files greatly.

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If would be useful to have a no print option for layers, which should also prevent export. 

Many applications from using any object as a construction guide, to keeping notes about irritating clients. 


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The absence of the no print layer option as in Page Plus stops me working the way I want to so I cannot switch to the new program. The more legacy projects I create, the less likely I am ever to switch.

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