Apple Lists Snow Leopard-compatible Printers and Scanners

While it’s not wise to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” until QuarkXPress 8 has been updated, it may be helpful to know whether your existing printers and scanners will work properly.

Apple posted a detailed list of Mac OS X 10.6-compatible printers and scanners, including a large number of devices from HP, Epson, Canon, Xerox, Apple and more. The article lists specific device software version numbers, whether drivers are provided from the manufacturer or are part of the Gutenprint project, and each device’s print, scan and fax compatibility.

The list is quite long, so there’s a good chance you’ll find that a driver is already available, but for devices not listed, check with its manufacturer to see when new drivers will be released. See the list at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3669

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.

Multi Style II: Automate Complex Text Formatting with One Click

Objectif Lune’s Multi Style II (€99) is an XTension for QuarkXPress 3/4/5/6/8 for Macintosh that lets you define a complex style sheet based on an existing paragraph, then apply it to new text. For example, a large bold product name followed by a smaller italicized description, followed by a price in a different typeface — this could be a style.

Here is the company’s description:

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Multi Style is a must for everyone who works with tables, ad listings, catalogues, brochures, magazines, newspapers and other complex formatting activities. It allows users to swiftly copy and apply complex formatting. With Multi Style XT, once the typographic settings (multistyles) have been defined, they can be instantly copied and pasted onto unformatted text. Using Multi Style II, complex text formatting can be defined in a paragraph style and the formatting of a sequence of paragraphs can be copied onto another sequence of paragraphs.

Multi Style II’s execution is quite simple. Users format one paragraph or series of paragraphs the way they want, and then either copy and paste the formatting to other paragraphs or save the formatting as a style they can use over and over again. All formatting that users can apply to text will be included in the style definition: paragraph rules, drop caps, text colour, baseline shift, horizontal scaling, etc. This makes it very simple to alternate the formatting from paragraph to paragraph, and also makes it easy to reapply the formatting if a new paragraph is added or deleted.

A multistyle contains style attributes for one or more words or paragraphs. It is even possible to specify various formatting styles within words and/or paragraphs. The text styles can be applied across a single page onto unformatted text. Multi Style XT analyses the target text and applies the created multistyle based on (sub)field separators.

Key features:

  • Copy and apply typographic specifications
  • Save complex formatting in multistyles
  • Multistyles can be applied to a single word, a paragraph or multiple selected words and paragraphs
  • Apply saved multistyles using the Multi Style XT palette or user-definable short cuts
  • Save multistyles with your documents and/or application
  • User-defined (sub)field separators

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Learn more about it at www.tinyurl.com/yadc7e7 or at www.ThePowerXChange.com.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

Halloween Fonts

If you’re looking for some excellent, free spooky fonts, check out Chad Savage’s website: www.sinisterfonts.com. He also has excellent sounds, desktop pictures, folder icons, cursors, and buddy icons (avatars).

Also: see the “Free for All: Halloween Edition” story at CreativePro.com.

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.

Acrobat 8/9 and Snow Leopard

When upgrading to Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard”, be aware that the “Adobe PDF” printer option in the Print dialog box will no longer work. You can select it, but no PDF will be generated. While there is no fix for Acrobat 8, Adobe has a fix for Acrobat 9 in the form of the Acrobat 9.1.3 updater.

The updater adds a new “PDF Workflow” entry, which creates a new item named “Save As Adobe PDF” in the “PDF” menu-like button thing (!) in the lower left corner of the Print dialog. By selecting “Save As Adobe PDF” from this PDF menu, the Apple-based PDF will be converted into an Adobe-based PDF using your chosen Acrobat Job Options.

To remove the useless “Adobe PDF” printer option from your Print dialog go to the Print & Fax preferences (Apple menu> System Preferences> Print & Fax). Select the printer “Adobe PDF” and click the minus () sign.

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.

Offer ends September 30: $299 Upgrade to QuarkXPress 8 — from version 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7!

Quark’s $299 upgrade offer ends on September 30, 2009. This industry-leading upgrade program offers QuarkXPress 8 for $299 to registered users of any version of QuarkXPress — all the way back to version 3.

The upgrade is cross-platform, so even if your older version only runs on Windows or Mac, you can upgrade and use version 8 on either Windows or Mac.

Even if you’ve lost your registration information, Quark makes it easy to upgrade: you can either provide proof of purchase or complete an online “missing serial number” form at http://8.quark.com/quarkupgrade/missingserialnumber.html. Quark maintains a database of serial numbers based on the information provided in the form, and may still be able to locate your record.

If you’re curious about exactly what Quark added to each version of QuarkXPress, check out the comparison table at http://8.quark.com/quarkupgrade/comparequark.html. It shows which features have been added over the years and also highlights the leading features from QuarkXPress 3 to QuarkXPress 8.

For more information, or to upgrade, visit http://8.quark.com/quarkupgrade/.

And don’t forget: Quark offers a free, fully functional, 60-day Test Drive version at http://8.quark.com/evaluation.html.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.