How to see previews of QuarkXPress documents – even without having QuarkXPress running or installed

QuickLook / Quick View images and other files

Often you need to see a preview of documents that you have on Mac. With images that’s easy, by setting the right preferences MacOS / OS X will show you thumbnails of images and even previews when you select an image and hit the spacebar.

That’s possible because Apple built an interesting technology into MacOS / OS X called QuickLook.

QuickLook can either create or extract previews in certain file types and present them to you, so that it is easier to find out whether it is the right file.

JPG, PDF, movies, audio files, text files and many more.

What about QuarkXPress documents?

You might not have QuarkXPress running or need to visually see a QuarkXPress document on a Mac where you do not have QuarkXPress installed.

On Macs, where you have QuarkXPress installed, this is easy, just hit the spacebar. As QuarkXPress will have installed a QuickLook plug-in on first launch, Finder can show you thumbnails and previews of QuarkXPress documents.

On Macs, where you do not have QuarkXPress installed, you can install a free QuickLook plug-in (made by Quark) to also see previews and thumbnails of QuarkXPress documents. Here’s an extract of an article on forums.quark.com:

Free QuickLook plug-in to preview QuarkXPress projects
This will allow you to see thumbnails of QuarkXPress Projects (.qxp) in Finder and also provide a QuickLook preview.
This works for .qxp files created with QuarkXPress 7, 8, 9, 10, 2015 and 2016; regardless whether you have QuarkXPress installed or not.

1. Download the zipped QuickLook plug-in: Click to download QXP QuickLook plug-in

2. Unzip it.(Unzip by double-clicking the downloaded file.)

3. Navigate to folder /Library/QuickLook/(That’s the main ‘Library’ folder on your Macintosh HD.)

4. Put the QuickLook plug-in into this folder.(So copy the file ‘QuarkXPress.qlgenerator’ there. Finder will probably ask you for permission. If you already find one in there, replace it.)

5. Log off and log on again.

(To test whether it works, you can download a sample QXP file: Click to download sample QXP)

And what about “exotic” file formats?

If you have other file formats that you often need to preview and out-of-the-box MacOS doesn’t handle them, then have a look at the following great site, it lists all known QuickLook plug-ins – free and commercial – available for MacOS / OS X:

http://www.quicklookplugins.com/

Both an engineer and a layout artist, Matthias bridges the gap between technology and people.

Before joining Quark, Matthias pioneered print, Web, and multimedia products for multiple German publishing companies. Since 1997 he has played a central role in shaping Quark’s desktop and enterprise software.
Starting 2003 Matthias has focused on Quark’s interactive and digital publishing solutions. He is an active participant in design and publishing communities and represents Quark in the Ghent PDF Workgroup.

Since February 2014 Matthias heads Quark’s Desktop Publishing business unit and is therefore responsible for QuarkXPress.

QuarkXPress Masterclass Training Series

Starting May 7, Quark is hosting a series of six free Masterclass training sessions that will highlight best practices, special key commands and other QuarkXPress tips and tricks. Each Masterclass session will be 30 minutes long and presented by a QuarkXPress expert. You can join the classes live during the broadcasts or access the video recordings later on demand.

Everyone who takes part in all six live sessions or watches all the sessions on demand will receive:

  • A personal QuarkXPress Masterclass certificate
  • The QuarkXPress Masterclass logo to promote your skills on your site or social media networks
  • Entry into a drawing for an iPad that will happen in November

The first session is next week! Learn more about each class and register here: http://goo.gl/7pzA3R.

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Scroll Direction Switch

Do you hate the way that Mac OS X 10.7 and above swapped the scroll direction for trackpads? You can change it back.

Just go to System Preferences> Trackpad, click on the Scroll & Zoom tab, and toggle off “Scroll direction: natural.”

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(Adjusting a gesture-enabled mouse instead? The setting’s within System Preferences> Mouse under the Point & Click tab.)

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.

Color Tips for Creating Tablet Publications

When you’re designing a document to be read on a tablet such as Apple’s iPad, the optimum colors are not the same as when you’re designing for print. For example:

  • Use a cream color instead of white for large areas of background. (White can be irritating.)
  • Use RGB black instead of the “100% K” black used in printing, especially on text. (Text is anti-aliased on-screen, and having more “color” to work with allows the anti-aliasing system to create smoother edges.) To create an RGB black color, just use 0% Red, 0% Green and 0% Blue — you can type in the zeros, or just drag the slider all the way down, as in the screen capture below.
  • Avoid using saturated greens and purples, because they appear dim on-screen. Bright blues and reds are OK.

 

Creating “RGB Black”

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.

QuarkXPress trick: delete pages to reassign masters

Sometimes a well-meaning client wants to tweak a project, but messes up the assignments of master pages. Just yesterday I was working on a book and noticed that the document pages had shifted in an upredictable way.

Rather than manually dragging the pages around in the Page Layout palette, I made use of a little-known feature in QuarkXPress: when you double-click the last page in the Page Layout palette, QuarkXPress will add a new page linked to that page.

Since our chain of text boxes flowed through the entire document, all I had to do was delete the problem pages, then double-click the last page in the Page Layout palette a bunch of times. The result: new pages with fresh master page items, filled with our existing text!

(Note: I’m using QuarkXPress 10—I’m not sure when this feature was added. Also, I tried dragging the Master Page icon onto the document pages in the Page Layout palette, but that didn’t solve the problem.)

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.