@TSimcha – what 3rd party plugin do you refer to here?
I'm asking just out of curiosity…
You could ask the plugin developers for extending the features…
I think the power headers plugin from In-Tools.com might do what you want, but maybe it would be better to see if there's a way to aviod overriding the master objects. Would a running header variable help? How about setting the alignment relative to spine in the header text frame? (that won't prevent duplication of overridden master objects, but it may work to move the text where you need it if the frame is otherwise blank).
It depends on the layout, but it's quite easy to send content to the outer and inner margins of a page if they are anchored objects with styles that go "towards" and "away" from a spine.
Is there a way you can post your desired layout? I can easily show you what to do.
And no plug-ins required.
Here's how i've set up one spread:
this is the document in which the plugin works, butt he master pages respawn.
We tried a version with only one master page, in which the masters don't seem to come back, but of course, there's only one master page, and i have alternating footers for left and right sides. I realize i can't always have everything, but if there's a way, i'd like to know what it is...
Don't put content into your placeholder frames that need to be updated so they remain blank when they respawn. They'll still be there as duplcates, but they won't show up.
It occurs to me that this might lend itself to being a DataMerge project, but I have no idea where and how all of your descriptions are stored.
i'm sure we're not set up to do a data merge, but your point about blank frames is an good one that i feel dumb for missing. that will make a hugedifference on its own...