sorry if this question is too off-topic and far from sound design. I'm wondering whether there's any way how to easily show all automation lanes that have any data written inside. I hope you know what I mean. I sometimes find myself struggling with English. I did, of course, some research first before asking this question but no luck so far. It seems that I have to open lanes one by one like I'm used to do but maybe I'm missing something.
I know of no way to do what you're asking. I'm fairly confident that opening individual automation lanes one by one is the only way.
"Option -" (minus sign) Shows all volume automation. Cntrl+Command Left and Right Arrow keys goes through all the automation paramters on a selected track. And Cntrl Option Cmnd left and right on arrow keys goes through all the automation paramters on ALL tracks.
Alt+click on the little arrow in any track. Alt-clicking will show/hide all automation lanes.
After your response it's way easier to answer your question. Yes you can. In Protools plugins just hold the ctrl-option-command keys together and click on the plugin button you want to automate (whatever it is from which you want to see the automation lane). It works in eq plugins and also on channelstrips. Don't know about surround, just try it out. Then you can ctrl-command and click on the same button. Easy does it.