Aliens in QuarkXPress

Fri, Oct 31, 2008

Learn, Tip

QuarkXPress has hidden aliens. To see one in action, select a page item and press Command-Option-Shift-K (Windows: Ctrl-Alt-Shift-K). An alien will walk onto your page from the right side zap the item off the page. The effect is most fun when the item is near the right side of your display. 

Do this 5–12 times to see a bigger alien walk in from the left side of your page and zap the little alien and the item.

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Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of "The Designer's Guide to Mac OS X," from Peachpit Press When Jeff isn't writing about the graphic design world, he's talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer's Apple Weekly Report. Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country. In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.

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2 Responses to “Aliens in QuarkXPress”

  1. felice Says:

    thanks for printing the alien story. i saw it in a magazine and was scared to try it on my studio G4 and G5 but just installed quark 8 eval on the boyfriend’s macbook, very cool. happy halloween

  2. Brendan Martin Says:

    When I tried it five times, the explosion was not as big as your screengrap and teh noise was out of synch with the visual. I’m using v 8.01 on an iMac running OS 10.5.5

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