XChange Int'l Announce Xtags XTensions for QuarkXPress 8 Now Shipping

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[prMac.com] London, UK - XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide, are pleased to announce the release of Xtags for QuarkXPress 8. This version is a free upgrade for users of Xtags versions 6 or 7 and is available as a full version for new users under QuarkXPress 8. Xtags is a high-powered text import filter for picture-based data publishing, classified ads, input code conversion and more.

Xtags is a powerful import and export text filter supporting the full Quark XPress Tags language and including several major enhancements designed for picture-based data publishing. Users can also copy and paste Xtagged text between applications or within QuarkXPress itself with Xtags.

Xtags supports tags to create and fill anchored text and graphics boxes in-line with the tagged text, letting users control all properties of the anchored boxes using appropriate tag parameters. Users can fill a text box with further tagged text of any sort, and can fill a graphics box with a picture of any type supported by Quark. Anchored boxes are fully supported on output as well.

Xtags supports unanchored text and picture box tags that allow users to create and fill unanchored boxes at the location on the page where an anchored box would have been placed, at an absolute position, at a position relative to another box, or on the pasteboard. These unanchored boxes can span columns and can be moved freely once imported. Xtags can automatically size an anchored or unanchored text or picture box to fit its contents horizontally or vertically, as well as size a picture to its containing box in the usual interactive fashions.

Xtags also supports a "use translation table" tag that lets users apply a set of string translations in a file to the input text, at a lower level than XPress Tag interpretation (so that the translation target strings may contain tags). These substitutions can be as simple as character replacement, or as complex as foreign front-end coding translation. Xtags also supports macros to simplify the invocation of common or complex tag and text sequences.

Xtags provides "apply master spread" and "apply master page" tags that choose the master spread or page to be applied to the text at the point of invocation. With this facility, users can build complex documents with input-driven per-spread or per-page layout.

Xtags is more forgiving than XPress Tags about the base language. Xtags also supports relative values (e.g., increase point size by 20%), omitted parameters, and the ability to apply only the character styles from a style sheet to portions of a paragraph. Xtags also includes an optional facility for reporting on each error as it is encountered, creating a brief message directly in-line at the point of error (unlike XPress Tags, which simply quits).

New features include:
* QuarkXPress 8.x support (as well as 6.x and 7.x)
* Massive (10X) speed increase when importing unanchored boxes
* Box background blend support
* Rotation, skew, runaround and various flags supported in "version 2" anchored boxes (&tb2, &pb2, &nb2)
* Support for shrinking-to-fit text boxes horizontally as well as vertically, and for shrinking-to-fit multiple column text boxes
* Support for box background and frame opacity settings (7 or 8 only)
* New "none" box creation tag
* And dozens more smaller enhancements and bug fixes

Xtags is available for both Macintosh and Windows. Xtags for QuarkXPress 8, as well as for earlier versions of QuarkXPress is available now through XChange International for electronic delivery worldwide. To order, or for more information, users can visit the website, or call on +44(0)20 7490 4455 during UK business hours.

XChange are a leading supplier of desktop graphic and publishing applications, QuarkXTension(R) technology; Adobe InDesign(R), Acrobat(R) and Photoshop(R) Plug-ins(R) and other design and publishing utilities. XChange offer extended technology products from across the world specific to the graphic design, print and publishing industries and make them available to an extensive user base via their printed catalogue or online at their web site. The company are headquartered in Central London and also offer specialist training on many of the solutions they sell.

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