What is 'Fill Placeholder' SmartMark and how to use it?
The Fill Placeholder SmartMark can be used in Plato and in the classic Step&Repeat tasks. It allows to, at layout level, add marks to each design in the layout.
This mark can either place a Station number or load a SmartMark set on each design.
The options to set the color and format are rather straightforward.
The sequence can either be set to:
When a SmartMark set is loaded on top of each design, the Fill Placeholder SmartMark will prepare the environment in which the set will be run:
This means that the SmartMark set can generate a different result for each different PDF graphic (for instance a layout with six stations which consists of two PDF files, each three copies will run the SmartMark set in total six times but three results will be identical and the other three results will also be identical).
There is also a way to use the station number in the SmartMark set (for instance to place the station number in a barcode instead of as text object). This can be done in the following way:
The value assigned to the [PLACEHOLDER_STATIONNUMBER] SmartName will match the sequence settings as used for the station numbers (see previous section). The GUI of the Fill Placeholder will however disable the sequence settings as soon as ‘fill with’ is set to ‘SmartMark set’ but still these are used to assign a value to the [PLACEHOLDER_STATIONNUMBER] SmartName. In other words, if the sequence is really import, first select ‘fill with station number’ and adjust the sequence settings and then switch back to ‘fill with SmartMark set’
In a similar way, one can use this SmartName to place a set of images on the different designs (by placing an Image mark that uses the [PLACEHOLDER_STATIONNUMBER] SmartName in its file name).
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