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.

QuarkXPress supported on macOS Sierra

Good news, both, QuarkXPress 2015 and QuarkXPress 2016 are now supported on macOS Sierra.

sierra

QuarkXPress 8, 9 and 10 – run at own risk

Even better, though QuarkXPress 10 is not officially supported on Sierra, it runs fairly well on 10.12.

And also older versions of QuarkXPress, I briefly tried 8 and 9, run with minor issues on macOS Sierra. However if you need to install fresh, that’s not straight forward and we did hear from some users that they experienced larger issues. So it might be a very individual experience.

Just remember, these previous versions of QuarkXPress are not officially supported on Sierra and therefore not tested by Quark on Sierra.

So you run it at your own risk after intensive tests please. If you are looking for information on which operating these versions were certified, please read here: http://forums.quark.com/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=27713

QuarkXPress 2015 – supported with known issues

If you are using QuarkXPress 2015 on Sierra, which is an officially supported combination of QuarkXPress and operating system, then please be aware that this is supported with a few known Sierra specific issues. You can read about the known issues here: http://files.quark.com/download/documentation/QuarkXPress/2015/English/QXP%202015%20July%20Update%20Known%20and%20Resolved%20Issues_en-us.pdf

So before upgrading to macOS Sierra, please read about the known issues on Sierra, decide then whether running QX2015 on Sierra is what you want to do, first create yourself a backdoor, and then upgrade and test.

QuarkXPress 2016 – fully supported

So just 13 days after the initial release of Sierra, Quark supports Apple’s newest operating system.

QuarkXPress 2016 October Update is fully supported on macOS Sierra. You best find it the update through Auto Update or on Quark’s website.

There are no known Sierra specific issues in the October Update of QX2016, the only restriction is that the new tabbed interface of Sierra is disabled in QuarkXPress.

So first create yourself a backdoor (to be able to revert), make sure QuarkXPress 2016 is updated to the October Update, upgrade OS X to Sierra, and test thoroughly whether all other tools that you need are working fine too.

 

 

And if you plan to upgrade to QuarkXPress 2016, maybe now is a good time, as there’s an attractive offer available until Oct 31, 2016:
http://content.quark.com/productivity-bundle-us.html

 

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.

How to safely install macOS Sierra (and revert if needed)

Yesterday Apple announced the release date of the newest version of its OS, not called OS X anymore, but macOS instead.

The new macOS Sierra (10.12) will be released on Sep 20, 2016.

The temptation is huge to try it, see what’s new and benefit from the newest features and possibilities of Apple’s newest OS.

 

Learning from the past?

However there is also a risk: In the past we have seen that some applications did not work well (or at all) on new versions of OS X. With El Capitan, many music applications took months to support it, as Apple changed some underlying technologies needed for them to work.

And though QuarkXPress was certified and officially supported just nine days after the release of El Capitan, some 3rd party XTensions (plug-ins) had some issues.

So to state the obvious: A new OS can potentially stop you from producing/working.

 

What’s best practice to install/use macOS Sierra?

It’s quite easy:

  1. If you have a “play system”, use that to test macOS Sierra and all applications critical for your workflow.
  2. In any case, always have a backup or better a clone available (and create them before you upgrade to macOS Sierra)
  3. Create yourself a backdoor to be able to revert to your previous OS X:
    http://www.planetquark.com/2015/09/28/how-to-create-yourself-a-backdoor-to-downgrade-os-x/

 

Remember, out-of-the-box there is no possibility to revert to your previous version of OS X, so you either need to create a backup via Time Machine and other methods. Or – better – use the above mentioned tip to create yourself a backdoor, as it is much more convenient by allowing you to work with both setups and revert immediately should you decide to do so.

 

When will QuarkXPress support macOS Sierra?

Though we do not know of any critical issues of QuarkXPress 2016 with the pre-release of macOS Sierra, Quark cannot foresee what Apple might still change between now and shipping. Therefore Quark needs to wait until Apple releases macOS Sierra (on Sep 20) and then test QuarkXPress 2016 on the release version of macOS Sierra. That will typically take 2-3 weeks, though it might be faster (as written, last year it took just nine days). Afterwards Quark can certify and officially support QuarkXPress 2016 on Sierra, which might coincide with a new update of QuarkXPress.

UPDATE Oct 3, 2016: QuarkXPress 2016 is now officially supported on macOS Sierra:

QuarkXPress supported on macOS Sierra

What about the new file system (APFS) of macOS Sierra?

Apple also will feature a new file system in Sierra, APFS. APFS sounds amazing and promises to give features that will help to ensure data safe and speed up operations.

However currently (Sep 8, 2016) Apple lists a lot of restrictions in APFS still and classes it as a Developer Preview:

https://developer.apple.com/library/content/documentation/FileManagement/Conceptual/APFS_Guide/FAQ/FAQ.html

Apple writes there:

What are the limitations of Apple File System in macOS Sierra?

macOS Sierra includes a Developer Preview release of Apple File System. As a Developer Preview, it has several limitations:

  • Startup Disk: An APFS-formatted volume cannot be used as a startup disk.
  • Case Sensitivity: Filenames are case-sensitive only.
  • Time Machine: Time Machine backups are not supported.
  • FileVault: APFS-formatted volumes cannot be encrypted using FileVault.
  • Fusion Drive: Apple File System cannot use Fusion Drives.

Apple further writes: “Apple plans to release Apple File System as a bootable file system in 2017.”

So until Apple doesn’t class APFS as “production quality” and Quark has been able to test a production quality release, for now QuarkXPress will NOT support APFS. Until then, please use a backup when you test APFS in your production environment.

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.

How to Use Mission Control on Your Mac

You can use the Mac’s built-in Mission Control feature to sequester applications on separate “desktops” so your workspace will be clutter-free. (You can also use it to quickly see and access every open document or folder.)

MtLion-Mission_Control

Building on older technologies like Exposé and Spaces, Mission Control is a feature of OS X 10.7 and higher; access it by pressing F3 or fn-F9 on your keyboard or by clicking on its icon in your Dock (it looks like a square with three small app windows in it):

mission_control_icon

On a trackpad or Magic Mouse, you can also access Mission Control by swiping up with three fingers or double tapping (not double-clicking) with two fingers.

Once the interface opens, create a new desktop by dragging your mouse to the upper-right corner to reveal a plus button. Afterward, drag any application or window to your new desktop, and then you can move between desktops by pressing Control-Right Arrow and Control-Left Arrow

To learn the basics of Mission Control:

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4689

For lots of Mission Control tips from Apple:

http://support.apple.com/kb/PH13925

For a tip on using Dashboard in Mission Control in Mavericks:

http://www.tekrevue.com/tip/manage-dashboard-space-os-x-maverickss-mission-control/

 

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.

How to discover the UDID of an iPad without having iTunes

Today I was asked by an agency of a large customer how to discover the UDID (serial number) of an iPad without using iTunes.

Background

The reason for wanting the UDID is simple: the agency is creating a test app using App Studio and wants to send the customer a branded iOS test app. To do that without hacking (jail-breaking) the iPad, you need the UDID (basically the extended serial number) of the device so you can put that into Apple’s developer portal to create the correct provisioning profiles.

Typically you’d plug the iPad into a Mac or Windows computer, launch iTunes and copy the UDID from there (click on the Serial Number field, which displays the UDID, and press Command+C). Here’s what that looks like:

itunes_udid

The problem is that in many large enterprises, the IT department doesn’t allow personal applications such as iTunes on your computer and also doesn’t allow you to install an application (such as iTunes) yourself.

What won’t work (and don’t believe them) — aka fake UDID

There are many apps in the App Store that promise to give you the UDID. Don’t believe that. Yes, in the past this was possible, however Apple has removed that ability, probably as some app creators misused that and tracked what you were doing (a UDID is a unique number that you can identify).

It’s easy to find out if a UDID is fake — if such an app gives you back a UDID starting with “ffff” then it is a fake ID. (Apple’s iOS will generate a fake ID for apps that are still using the old API to get the UDID).

 

How to discover a UDID without having iTunes

 

If you are on OS X:

You can use any of these methods:

A: Plug the iPad into a Mac and use “System Report”:

  1. Using a USB cable connect your iPad to any OS X computer.
  2. Go to “About this Mac” (under the Apple menu)
  3. Click “More Info…”
  4. Click “System Report” which will open “System Information”
  5. In the left sidebar navigate to the section “USB” and select it
  6. You should see your iPad (or iPod or iPhone) there.
  7. In the section of your device it says “Serial Number” which lists a 40-character text string. That’s your UDID.
  8. Here’s a screenshot of the USB section:

systeminformation_udid

 

B: Use “Apple Configurator” or “iPhone Configuration Utility”

  • If you have “iPhone Configuration Utility” (ICU) or “Apple Configurator” (AC) installed, that also lists the UDIDs of all iOS devices that have been connected once (while ICU/AC was running of course). So launch it and plug in your device.
  • Alternatively you can ask your IT, they probably have the ICU/AC tool and have the UDID present.
  • Here’s a screenshot of the ICU (click to enlarge):

icu_udid

 

C: If you’ve ever used iTunes to back up your iPad

If you had iTunes previously installed and had ever backed up the iPad to your Mac, then there’s a way to find out the UDID by looking into the file system of OS X. In the Finder, go to /User/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup
In that folder you’ll find one or more folders — one for each device you backed up. The folder name is the UDID.

 

D: Use a Test App Service or website using certificates

  • You can also use apps or websites that install certificates, which tell you the UDID. Using websites you don’t know is always a bad idea — I found one that looks trustworthy, but as I do not know the company, I cannot recommend them, even though they might be totally trustworthy. If you want to try them yourself (and I take NO responsibility for what happens!), this is the URL: http://get.udid.io
  • You can try an “app” (it’s a Web app) that installs certificates. The one I have used often to distribute apps without having to install certificates is TestFlight: http://testflightapp.com

However, both of these methods require you to have the password to install certificates on your iOS device — which in this scenario you probably don’t have. :-)

 

E: More?

If you know of more methods, please let me know and I’ll add them.

 

If you are on Windows:

You can use any of these methods:

A: Plug the iPad into a computer and use the registry

  1. Using a USB cable connect your iPad to any Windows computer. I am using Windows 7, but it should be similar when using other versions of Windows.
  2. IMPORTANT: in the following steps DO NOT modify anything, as changing the registry might break your Windows installation.
  3. Start Regedit (e.g. by clicking on the Start button, and typing “RegEdit” in the search field)
  4. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\USB (it’s basically a folder structure)
  5. You will see all USB devices in there — find the one that’s your iPad. It might say “Apple iPad”, in my case it had a cryptic name, so I had to open all sub folders under “USB”. However on the level below there’s already a folder with a 40-character string and by selecting that it says “Friendly Name” = “Apple iPad”.
  6. Copy (DO NOT MODIFY) that name (e.g. right clicking and selecting “Copy Key Name”). When you paste it in a text editor, the UDID is the last 40 characters.
  7. Here’s a screenshot of RegEdit:

regedit_udid

 

B: Use iPhone Configuration Utility

As far as I know, Apple Configurator isn’t available for Windows (yet?). Instead, use iPhone Configuration Utility for Windows: start it and plug in your device. For details see above (under OS X): it is the same procedure.

You can find ICU for Windows here:  http://support.apple.com/downloads/#iphone%20configuration%20utility

 

C: Finding out when having done a backup once

If you had iTunes previously installed and had ever done a backup locally, then there’s a way to discover the UDID by looking into the file system of Windows here: Users/User/AppData/Roaming/AppleComputer/MobileSync/Backup
There you’ll find a folder for every iOS device you’ve backed up. The folder name is the UDID.

 

D: Use a Test App Service or website using certificates

  • You can also use apps or websites that install certificates, which tell you the UDID. Using websites you don’t know is always a bad idea — I found one that looks trustworthy, but as I do not know the company, I cannot recommend them, even though they might be totally trustworthy. If you want to try them yourself (and I take NO responsibility for what happens!), this is the URL: http://get.udid.io
  • You can try an “app” (it’s a Web app) that installs certificates. The one I have used often to distribute apps without having to install certificates is TestFlight: http://testflightapp.com

However, both of these methods require you to have the password to install certificates on your iOS device — which in this scenario you probably don’t have. :-)

 

E: More?

If you know of more methods, please let me know and I’ll add them.

 

Footnote: For security reasons I blurred my UDID in all screenshots.

 

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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.