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1. I want to create modules that are shared, but not necessarily in every canvas. (shared layers do the former, but not the latter). Is there any way?

2. I also want to create (background) modules that have repeating, but separately editable modules (not shared). Eg: I want a placeholder page title in every canvas, that I then edit to the appropriate one. So I created a Omnigraffle template and applied it to a new document.

I see that the layer is shown in the first (default) canvas, but not when I create a new canvas (Note: This can't be a shared layer, because each page has its own title)

You don't have to have shared layers on every canvas, so that should satisfy your first issue if I understand correctly.

As for using templates and making new canvases with pre-populated content, you might want to duplicate the existing canvas, or even possibly just drag desired layers to the new canvas, they will duplicate in that process.

Hope that helps,
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'You don't have to have shared layers on every canvas'- Okie. But if I create a shared layer, it will appear in every canvas by default, I then have to delete it. Right?

Also, is there a way to convert a regular layer to a standard one & vice versa, without having to create a new one an copying the contents?

'As for using templates and making new canvases with pre-populated content...'- Yes, I realized that. Its a mental model thing, but why should layers (of a template) be shared to appear in every canvas.
If you have only one canvas and add a shared layer, then new canvases will have that shared layer.

However, if you have lots of canvases already, and add a shared layer it will only be added to that particular canvas.

No way to convert a regular layer to a shared one, however we do have a feature request for this already filed.
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Jeol, thank you for explaining this. This is exactly what I was looking for. I know the thread is old, but it still proved useful.

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