September 4, 2008 in Publishing (F)
[prMac.com] XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide, are pleased to announce the release of three much-anticipated XTensions for QuarkXPress v8. The XTensions are from two long-time developers of commercial XTensions and they are available for upgrade from earlier versions as well as for new users.
Resize XT, one of the most popular XTensions on the market today, lets users select a group of page elements and scale them to a specified percentage just as they would in an illustration program. Users can scale proportionally, maintaining the horizontal and vertical aspect ratio, or disproportionally, choosing two different percentages to fit page elements into their design. Graphics, font sizes, text indents, border widths and line thickness scale automatically along with the selected text and graphic boxes.
The Resize Tool added to the QuarkXPress tool palette lets users drag the group to the desired size for a perfect layout every time. The group may be sized visually with the Resize Tool or an exact percentage may be entered to achieve a specified size. Users can also enter a new width and/or height measurement for the scaled group in order to scale the elements to exactly the size they need. Additionally, users can choose to scale single boxes and paragraph rules, leading, tabs and indents are all scalable.
TeXTractor is the comprehensive text extraction XTension for QuarkXPress. With TeXTractor, users can export all of the text in a Quark document or just selected portions of the text using any text filter currently available to QuarkXPress. Users can choose to export only text that has a particular style sheet applied to it, or only text that was brought into QuarkXPress by being imported. The XTension also allows users to choose which stories should be exported from a document and to rearrange the order in which they are exported.
The extensive TeXTractor preferences make it easy to indicate a "page area" outside of which no text is exported. TeXTractor can place markers in the exported text to indicate the beginning and end of stories, as well as insert page numbers the stories were found upon in the original document. TeXTractor also offers batch processing mode, enabling users to export text from a number of Quark documents in a single operation. The XTension exports text from Quark documents found in just one folder or an entire list of folders. Users can optionally time-delay text extraction sessions so that they run unattended once a day at a certain time, or at intervals throughout the day.
MathMagic Pro XTension provides an interface (a menu and a tool button) which enables users to create and edit equations inside a QuarkXPress document. Then, it communicates with the external MathMagic Pro application seamlessly. Users can create any equation using MathMagic Pro very quickly, and then send it back to their QuarkXPress document.
MathMagic Pro allows users to place equations inside a text box as an inline graphic, or as floating EPS graphic object. Once created, all equations are treated by QuarkXPress just like other EPS graphic objects, but the equations remain editable at anytime just by control-clicking on them. MathMagic Pro recognises the baseline of equations automatically so that all equations align well with the baseline of the text into which they are inserted, and also allows users to shift the baseline manually if required.
Resize XT, TeXTractor and MathMagic Pro for QuarkXPress 8 are available now through XChange International. To order, or for more information, users can visit the XChange website or call on +44(0)20 7490 4455 during UK business hours. The XTensions are available for electronic delivery worldwide.
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.