QuarkXPress makes it easy to see when an item is synchronized with another item in the Project. Just select the item and you’ll see a blue “S” (or lightning bolt) on each of its selection handles — just like the ones on the Planet Quark banner.
You can also see what type of synchronization is applied by selecting it in the Shared Content palette and clicking the Info triangle at the bottom. It tells you whether the content, formatting, or both are synchronized.
And remember: you can change any instance of a synchronized item to change all the instances throughout the Project — there’s no need to remember which item is the original.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.