New QuarkXPress 2017 XTensions Now Available

Quark Software announced the availability of new XTensions that already support QuarkXPress 2017 – the brand new version of QuarkXPress released today. XTensions are third-party software applications that allow users to enhance and customize QuarkXPress with specific features and functionality.

“We have already seen tremendous interest in QuarkXPress 2017 from not only new and current QuarkXPress users, but also from the network of talented XTensions developers around the world,” said Gavin Drake, Vice President of Marketing for Quark. “We’re excited to have a range of XTensions already available with more to come, so that designers can add even more functionality to QuarkXPress 2017 from day one.”

New QuarkXPress 2017 XTensions available now include:

New QuarkXPress 2017 XTensions coming soon include:

  • ArabicXT by Layout Ltd. will be available in July 2017
  • Exportools Standard, BigPicture, IDML Import, Printools, and Duplica by Badia Software
  • MadeToPrint by Axaio Software GmbH
  • ID2Q by Markzware
  • Classified Ads and Obituaries and Necrology Ads by WillBit S.r.l.
  • Suitcase Fusion, Suitcase TeamSync, and Universal Type Server by Extensis

2014 Typography Calendar

Created by designer Kit Hinrichs, the 365 Calendar draws attention to the variety and aesthetic quality of type itself by making the typeface the primary graphic element on each page.

The calendar features twelve unique typefaces, includes descriptions of the type, shares a biography of each designer and notes all major holidays and the birthdays of the type designers on the calendar.

For the 2014 calendar, Hinrichs invited 12 world-renowned international members of the illustrious Alliance Graphique Internationale to nominate some of their favorite typefaces. The AGI is an elite international professional design organization formed in 1951. Their choices range from the traditional to the avant-garde, the austere to Old World script flourishes. Stunningly decorative, the 365 Calendar elevates appreciation of typography as an art form.

As seen in Martha Stewart Living, Dwell, Sunset, Lucky and InStyle magazines, the 365 Typography Calendar is coveted by designers, architects and lovers of modern design everywhere.

Pricing:

  • 12″ x 18″ (30.5cm x 45.75cm):  $29
  • 23″ x 33″ (58.5cm x 84cm):  $47

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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.

LaCie’s 4TB “Blade Runner” Hard Drive

BladeRunner

LaCie’s Blade Runner is a limited-edition 4TB hard drive ($300, or $289 at Amazon) designed by Philippe Starck.

It has an organically-shaped enclosure “designed to help keep the drive cooler” and a USB 3.0 interface for faster data transfer speeds. It also supports USB 2.0, but it doesn’t include FireWire or Thunderbolt ports.

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.

Use YinYang for FireWire 400 and 800

Sonnet_Yin-Yang

Using FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 devices together on a computer can be challenging — especially with newer Macs that have only one FireWire 800 port and no FireWire 400 ports.

Sonnet’s YinYang FireWire 800 to FireWire 400/800 Mini Hub ($70, or about $50 at Amazon) simplifies the situation, yet also opens up new possibilities. It plugs into your computer’s FireWire 800 port and gives you two ports: one 400 and one 800. It also offers a performance benefit: you can transfer data to and from FireWire 800 and 400 devices simultaneously without affecting performance.

Limitation: you can use only one bus-powered FireWire device at a time. Self-powered devices operate normally.

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.

Halloween Bottle Labels

Morbid Bottle Labels

With these Halloween Bottle Stickers you can transform a ho-hum bottle of wine, beer or other spirits into Spider Venom, Embalming Juice, or Rat Poison. The package includes 8 labels in 4 styles to fit standard liquor bottles.

Get them here:

http://www.amazon.com/Rubies-Costume-Co-Haunted-Bottle/dp/B002O1DFNC/

Haunted Bottle Labels

Other creative Halloween bottle labels include:

http://www.amazon.com/wd-12-Halloween-Bottle-Labels/dp/B0042LVP52

http://www.amazon.com/Rubies-Costume-Co-Haunted-Bottle/dp/B002O1EHUM/

http://www.amazon.com/Halloween-Labels-Wine-Bottle/dp/B002ECIP4U/

 

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.