This question comes from Bruce Herbes:
I create maps in illustrator & the layer palette is terrific, however from one file I often need to export 10-20 different versions of the artwork. Each time I need to manually change the relevant layer visibility on and off, which is time consuming & prone to error. Is there a way to save groups or sets of layer visibility settings?
YES! YES! YES! You can do this quite easily using a brand new feature that was added to Illustrator 3.2 (sorry)...
It's a feature called Custom Views, and here's how it works:
1. Open your layers palette and show and hide layers as you like.
2. Change your zoom level to your desired view on your screen (custom views memorize zoom level and window position).
3. Choose View > New View. Give the view a name and click OK.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 to add more custom views.
Now you can simply choose View > [YourViewName] and you're done.
Custom views are saved within each file, so you can create as many views as you like for each file and they'll be there for you...