QuarkXPress 2017 is a single bundle… sorry what?

As you may have read, QuarkXPress 2017 on MacOS will be supplied as a single bundle.

What does that mean?

A single bundle is a special “file” on MacOS that appears as one file, though it is really a folder containing many things.

Have a look at QuarkXPress 8 thru 2016 please and how it differs from QuarkXPress 2017. You can see that MacOS lists QuarkXPress 2017 as an “application” (and not a folder) and also doesn’t show the “uncollapse” icon:

What are the advantages of QuarkXPress 2017 being a single bundle?

A few notable advantages are:

  • Users can install, relocate, and remove bundles simply by dragging them around in the Finder.
  • Bundles are less susceptible to accidental user modifications, such as removal, modification, or renaming of critical resources.
  • Bundles are less likely to suffer from permission issues.

What does that mean for you, as a user?

Besides that it is easier to install and will have less issues? Hardly any difference.

Only when you install XTensions (plug-ins) or scripts there is a difference.

Creating Global Preferences

By default, the Preferences folder of QuarkXPress  are stored in the user folder. That’s where they should be and have been for several versions of QuarkXPress.

They reside in a sub folder that is named after the main version, so that they do not clash if you have several versions of QuarkXPress installed.

However sometimes you need to create a global Preferences folder, meaning all users on your Mac will use the same preferences. That can cause issues, still some users prefer that (mostly when they are the only user using the Mac).

With previous versions of QuarkXPress you could create a global preferences folder by creating it inside the application folder of QuarkXPress. This is not possible anymore, so now you need to create a folder called “Preferences” on the same level as the QX2017 bundle (so e.g. in Application folder).

If you do not like having a Preferences folder in Application folder, just create a subfolder “QuarkXPress 2017” and put the application (bundle) and Preferences folder in there.

Installing XTensions

If the XTension (plug-in) you are installing has an installer, then you do not need to worry about this.

If you need to manually install the XTension, then you need to be aware that QuarkXPress 2017 will load third party XTensions from the following two locations:

a) ~/Library/Application Support/Quark/QuarkXPress 2017/XTensions (so “Library” in your User folder)
b) /Library/Application Support/Quark/QuarkXPress 2017/XTensions (the main “Library” folder on your Macintosh folder)

Notes:

  • If the XTension is placed in the main Library path, it will be available to all the users on that Mac.
  • If deployed in the user’s library path, the XTension will only be available to that particular user.
  • If the same XTension exists in both these locations, then the one in User’s Library location will get the preference.

This means that for the first time you can install different XTensions for different users on your Mac.

Installing Scripts

Same is true for Scripts, QuarkXPress 2017 will load scripts from the following two locations:
a) ~/Library/Application Support/Quark/QuarkXPress 2017/XTensions/Scripts
b) /Library/Application Support/Quark/QuarkXPress 2017/XTensions/Scripts

Notes:

  • If a script is placed in the main Library path, it will be available to all the users on that Mac.
  • If a script is deployed in the user’s library path, the script will only be available to that particular user.
  • If the same script exists in both these locations, then the one in User’s Library location will get the preference.

 

“Single Bundle” is a feature provided by MacOS and therefore not possible on Windows.

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.

Import all pages of a PDF file into QuarkXPress

Need to import all pages of a PDF into QuarkXPress 2015/2016 in one go?

Look no further, as Creationauts has released an XTension to QuarkXPress 2015 and 2016 that does exactly that:
http://www.creationauts.com/

PDF Importer Basic and PDF Importer Pro are available for QuarkXPress on Mac and on Windows and allow you to specify which pages of a PDF file you want to import. Of course you can also import all pages of the PDF document.

The “Pro” variant additionally allows you to convert PDF objects into editable objects. So needless to say that this requires QuarkXPress 2016 then.

Both XTensions are available at a very competitive price, $9.99 for the PDF Importer Basic and $19.99 for PDF Importer Pro.

If you like it, please hurry, as Creationauts runs a promo until July 15th, 2016, where Basic just costs $1.99 and Pro just $9.99.

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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.

Arabic Text in QuarkXPress 10

If you need to include Arabic text in a publication — either printed or in digital form — here’s the solution:
Layout Ltd.’s ArabicXT is an XTension for QuarkXPress 7/8/9/10 that lets you set bi-directional type in in the Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, Jawi, and Kurdish languages, without requiring an Arabic operating system.
You can create text that flows either right-to-left or left-to-right and paragraphs that flow in opposite directions. It supports Arabic and Roman script in the same document, with automatic Kashida insertion.

ArabicXT includes 46 high-quality Arabic fonts, and costs $469. Upgrade to version 10 from 4/5/6 costs $431, upgrade from 7/8/9 costs $394.

(Further information is also available at http://www.layoutltd.com/products.php#publishing-tools)

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.

Badia Printools: MUCH Better Printing from QuarkXPress

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Badia Software’s Printools is an XTension for any version of QuarkXPress (currently 4–10) that adds many new features when printing. This $99.99 XTension provides a live preview shows you in real time an exact representation of how the output will look as you change the print settings, including paper boundaries, single pages or spreads, crop marks, manual or automatic tiling, page rotation, bleeds, and negative printing. You can even manually tile a page by dragging the mouse over the preview area.

Its preview also shows page scaling, and color mode (color, gray or black-and-white). It can also warn you when the document size is larger than the paper in the printer or imagesetter.

One really useful thing it can do that we wish QuarkXPress could do is output all the Layouts in a Project at once.

It can preflight a document to detect RGB images, text overflows, missing fonts, suppressed items, EPS with JPEG compression, hairlines, unknown image formats, and low resolution pictures. It can also automatically check every document before it is printed.

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It can add a temporary page border, and add page slugs showing owner name, machine name, bleed, scaling, line screen, emulsion and any custom text you like.

You can batch print multiple documents using the same output settings, or create PostScript or PDF files from batches of documents.

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Its Rename at Print feature can automatically rename files at print time using any combination of the project or layout names, page range, custom text, or an automatically-incremented serial number.

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As you can see from the screen shot below, Printools is also available for InDesign. (Click the image to enlarge it.)

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Upgrades from previous versions of Printools are $49.99.

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.