September 19, 2008 in Publishing (F)
[prMac.com] London, UK - XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide, are pleased to announce the release of Xdata for QuarkXPress 8. The upgrade is a free release for version 7 users and adds impressive and powerful features to the already best-selling XTension.
Xdata brings the full typographic and picture publishing power of QuarkXPress to bear on all data-driven repetitive publishing tasks: catalogues, directories, form letters, financial summaries, tables, labels, lists of all sorts, and more. Completely integrated with XPress, Xdata automatically formats data exported from Macintosh or Windows database and spreadsheet applications, or downloaded from corporate information systems, freeing users from endless manual formatting. Xdata can also import related pictures (of any type supported by XPress) into boxes anchored in the incoming text.
The latest version includes full QuarkXPress 8.x support and major new features, including:
* Tables, including auto-fitting
* Anchored text boxes, including auto-fitting in various ways
* Background blends in anchored boxes (text and picture)
* New format() function that provides powerful Excel-like number formatting
* Per-import preference settings
Xdata is easy to use. In a database or spreadsheet application, the user selects and sorts the data to be published, exporting it in standard ASCII "data snapshot" format (comma- or tab-delimited). In Quark, they then create a "template" for a prototypical record, including placeholders for each field (e.g., <<name>>) formatted in any fashion. The user then selects "Import from file..." from the Xdata menu in Quark, chooses the data file, and presses Start in the Xdata control panel. Xdata does the rest, completely "hands off."
Xdata has a powerful English-like scripting language that lets the user include or exclude fields, pictures and static text, based on the value of one or more fields in the current or previous record. They can create sophisticated record templates that apply different formats to a field, based on its or another field's value, e.g., causing a page break or formatting a major heading in reverse type, given a change of value indicating a new section or subsection. They can even apply master pages as needed.
For industrial-strength publishing, Xdata places no limits on data: records and fields can be as many and as long as needed, within the overall limits of Quark documents. Xdata can create multiple, independent "dictionary-style" headers and footers on each page or spread, with sophisticated controls over the header/footer contents. Xdata for Mac OS is fully scriptable with AppleScript for automation of large, complex jobs involving multiple imports in multiple documents.
Xdata has been field-proven world-wide at thousands of installations since late 1990, ranging from one-man freelancers to Fortune 25 sites, and remains a top selling XTension. Xdata has been successfully used in hundreds of different types of applications.
Mac OS X or Windows 2000, XP, Vista
QuarkXPress v6.1 or later (Xdata 6.4); QuarkXPress v7.0.1 or later (Xdata 7.4); QuarkXPress v8.0 or later (Xdata 8.4)
Xdata for QuarkXPress 8, as well as earlier versions, is available now through XChange International via 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.