some of the presets have poses with fade-ins and fade-outs, but I'm durned if I can figure out how. I've just gone though the ProAnimator manual table of contents and index twice--still nothing. any help? is there a button I'm staring at but still not seeing?
Yes, you've probably stared at it, and there's a little bit of irony in your comment. It's the eyeball tab under pose presets. Click that, then you can choose to fade off or fade on the objects in that track during the selected pose.
Use the slider below it to adjust the cascade effect. You should see some great results now!