I am now making templates called multi products that can generate multiple looks and products from just one template, data is used like a light switch to activate or turn off different parts of my template enabling graphical as well as text location and font variations. My most simple multi product template is upwards of sixty layers. The need for a layer map in now much more important. Wanted to get back to the top of the list :)
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE GET THIS GOING SOON. I can't believe this was brought up over a year ago and no feedback about its possible creation and implementation has been given. Every year since I've been with my company, our templates have become more complex and demanding yet the template designer itself has not evolved to keep pace. I rarely see any improvements, new tools, or new effects with the new updates. Better manipulation and handing of text would also be a big plus...
This needs to happen soon! We are all on your side, Bill.
Agreed no feedback on this thread but there has been elsewhere
and there was discussion on this at the recent user meeting in Las
Vegas and directly with the people who have brought it up with
The template designer was never designed with numerous,multiple
layers in mind. While we understand people wanting this for
creative purposes (as Bill does for Virtual Groups for example)
there is nothing in the Designer's architecture that will allow us
to now do this without a LOT of work.
So where do we put this in the list of priorities? At the moment
we have about 30 items on the immediate to-do-list that will
benefit lots of people. Many of these items have been requested by
many people and they would be very disappointed if we now dropped
them and put a template layer map at the top of the list which is
something that really only benefits a few people, interests many
more ( "it would be nice but isn't critical to us") but still for
the most part is of no use at all to most people.
None of this is to say we don't want to do it, can't do it or
won't do it but I just wanted everyone to know the dilemma we find
ourselves in. Believe me if we could snap our fingers and do this
we most certainly would!