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.

Help to build the QuarkXPress wishlist!

QuarkXPress users have always been very passionate. So it is no surprise that there exist many enhancement wishes for future versions of QuarkXPress, from small improvements to large feature requests.

In order to give the individual enhancements the right priority, in 2014 Quark conducted a survey to have users rank the wishlist (by individual importance).

The result of the ranking drove the development of QuarkXPress 2015 and 2016.

For example, in 2014 PDF/X-4, larger page size, footnotes/endnotes, multi-color gradients and color picker (eyedropper tool) had been ranked in the TOP 20 and therefore were built into the last two versions.

Of course there will be a few features where Quark will add some new innovations, like in QuarkXPress 2016 with HTML5 Publications and Convert PDF to Editable Objects.

And now Quark is asking you again, though there is no major new version on the horizon yet.

Remember, it’s pre-ranking time, so it is building the wishlist currently, meaning Quark is asking you, which features should be put on the ranking ballot.

So please participate.

Of course if you have submitted a wishlist item before, through tech support, Quark’s forums or social media sites or over the phone, these are already on the wishlist.

 

Enter your suggestion here please:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/quarkxpress/permalink/1205666106118504/

(also visit this link if you are just curious what others are asking to see in future versions)

Though there can’t be any guarantee that your feature wish will be implemented, the past experience shows that Quark let you – the users of QuarkXPress – set the majority of QuarkXPress’ roadmap.

 

Thank you!

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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Quark Launches Creative Pro Bundle – Save $1000+

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If you’ve been thinking about upgrading to QuarkXPress 10, now is the time. Quark announced today a new Creative Pro Bundle offer that applies to both upgrades and new purchases of version 10. With purchases made starting April 1, for an extra $50 you can opt to receive a bundle of tools for creatives that together are worth more than $1000. The bundle includes:

Markzware ID2Q: ID2Q provides a quick, easy and affordable method of converting files from Adobe InDesign to QuarkXPress.

Corel® AfterShot™ Pro: AfterShot Pro is photo workflow solution that combines photo management, advanced non-destructive adjustments and complete RAW processing.

Monotype FontExplorer® X Pro: An intuitive interface, a reliable architecture and a powerful feature set gives you quick access and control over your fonts.

Five professional Monotype OpenType Pro Fonts: Create stunning effects by using these fonts that offer OpenType Pro features such as swashes, true small caps and fractions and discretionary ligatures.

QuarkXPress 9: Allows you to open legacy QuarkXPress files older than version 7.

To find out more you can visit: www.quark.com/CreativePro.

You will see that there are two bundle options. One includes QuarkXPress 10 plus the bundle of tools listed above. A second option for a slightly higher cost wraps in 12 months of free unlimited help desk support and a free upgrade, if a brand new version is released during your enrollment period. Of course you can also make purchases without either bundle for the standard prices.

Check out the full press announcement here.

Use Quark’s Knowledge Base

Looking for QuarkXPress best practices or need to troubleshoot an issue? Visit Quark’s Knowledge Base where you can search for support documentation anytime you need it. 

Created by QuarkXPress experts who have resolved issues for their customers, the Knowledge Base is constantly updated, expanded and refined to ensure that you have access to the very latest information.

It covers all of Quark’s products, including:

  • App Studio
  • QuarkXPress 10
  • QuarkXPress
  • Quark XML Author
  • Quark Brand Manager
  • Quark License Administrator
  • Quark Publishing System
  • Quark Web-to-Print
  • Quark Publishing Platform Renderer
  • Quark Publishing Platform
  • QuarkCopyDesk

Visit the Knowledge Base here.

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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.