Renamer

We often find ourselves with a folder full of items whose names need to be adjusted. For example, adding an identifying name to photos, along with a sequential number. Or changing the names of files for a website to lower case and replacing spaces with underscores. Most recently, we had hundreds of image files from a digital camera that all had an odd file name extension and so wouldn’t open (although we knew they were just JPEGs). The best file-renaming solution we’ve found is Dare to be Creative’s Renamer ($19.99).

Renamer

Renamer makes it easy to rename a large number of files. You just drag files or folders into its window, then configure your changes. As you define your intended changes, Renamer previews what each new file name will look like. When the file names appear the way you want them, you can apply the changes.

It has plenty of options: you can remove or replace words or characters, insert text anywhere in the file name, add sequential numbers at either end of a file name, convert to UPPERCASE, lowercase or Word Caps. It’s powerful enough to process regular expressions (calculations and wildcards), and can rename files recursively through nested folders. You can also use it in the Finder as a contextual menu item — just Control-click or right-click a file or folder.

You can even save renaming tasks for future use, or chain them together for complex renaming tasks.

We use Renamer regularly.

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.

Free PDF-to-Word Converter

If your client gives you a PDF and wants you to extract the text and pictures for use in QuarkXPress, give www.PDFtoWord.com a try. You can upload any PDF file and it will convert it to Microsoft Word or RTF format and email the result to you.

We gave it our four-column newsletter to convert, and the text became quite easy to select, even if the layout was compromised.

Through creative use of Style Sheets in Word, the text could be brought under control and much of the appearance maintained.

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.

ID2Q Bundle for QuarkXPress 9 & 10 supports InDesign CS through CC

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We’ve written about Markzware’s ID2Q many times as a fantastic solution for converting InDesign documents to QuarkXPress. (See here.)

Now, they’ve updated these XTensions for QuarkXPress 9 and 10 to support all versions of InDesign documents, and bundled both XTensions together for just $199. That way, you can use ID2Q in QuarkXPress 9 and in QuarkXPress 10!

See Markzware’s Web page here for details, or watch their video on how it works here.

Note that these XTensions are only for Mac OS X. Their press release is below.

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Markzware releases ID2Q Bundle Mac for QuarkXPress 9 & 10 with InDesign CS through CC Support

January 22, 2014 – SANTA ANA, California – Markzware announces the ID2Q Bundle Mac, which includes ID2Q for QuarkXPress® 9 and ID2Q for QuarkXPress 10, both with InDesign® CS through CC support for the Macintosh®. Markzware is a leading software developer and provider of pre-press, printing, and document conversion tools and solutions for such graphic design programs as Adobe® InDesign and QuarkXPress.

Marty Yeager, VP Publishing Technology, O’Sullivan Communications said, “Our workflow is the Quark QPS system and it is not financially feasible to re-engineer and change our workflow. Most of our customers design in InDesign show when we set up new programs we need to recreate their design in Xpress. ID2Q has saved us countless hours and has helped make the conversion more accurate.”

Markzware continues to develop the ID2Q QuarkXPress XTension to import InDesign CS (Adobe Creative Suite®) through InDesign CC (Creative Cloud®) files. These are the latest versions. ID2Q itself converts InDesign files to QXP 9 and QXP 10.

Dr. David Biebel, publisher for Healthy Life Press, said “ID2Q is the finest program of its type available for those who work in both QuarkXPress and InDesign platforms. Fast, precise, trustworthy, easy to use… qualities every designer values. And the price is helpful to any budget.”

This data conversion software provides a quick and easy way to open InDesign CS (INDD document) in a new QXP document. The InDesign to QuarkXPress file conversion is enabled by simply selecting “Convert InDesign Document” under the Markzware item in the QuarkXPress menu bar.

New preferences have been designed to improve file conversion from InDesign CS through InDesign CC files to QuarkXPress 9 and 10 files, reducing the amount of adjusting needed after the data conversion. The user can run both ID2Q for QuarkXPress 9 Mac and ID2Q for QuarkXPress 10 Mac on the same computer, with improved support for fonts and image linking.

ID2Q has been and continues to be an absolutely invaluable tool in expediting our workflow. Its capabilities are amazing, and I look forward to each new release. I highly recommend it!” said Susan Mark, Coghill Composition Company.

System Requirements, Pricing and Availability:

ID2Q Bundle Mac data conversion software requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher and includes QuarkXPress XTension(s), ID2Qfor QuarkXPress 9 Mac, as well as ID2Q for QuarkXPress 10 Mac. See further details on the ID2Q product page. This bundle of conversion tools is priced at €/$199 and is available immediately at the online ID2Q Store. Click here to see the ID2Q video demo.

About Markzware:

Markzware, a privately-held company based in Santa Ana, California, is the leading developer of printing quality control, data conversion and workflow solution products for the international graphic arts, printing and digital multimedia industries.

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.

Create Websites with Freeway Pro 6

We’ve sung the praises of Softpress Freeway Pro before (here and here), and now Macworld has posted a review of Freeway Pro 6 by Michael Burns here.

Freeway Pro is a website-creation application with an interface similar to QuarkXPress or InDesign. If Dreamweaver leaves you baffled, and the QuarkXPress Web layout space isn’t enough for you, check out this $150 tool.

If you’re already a user of Freeway Pro 5, see the list of new features here. Of particular note: enhanced HTML5 and advanced CSS3 features, enhanced mobile device support, Retina display support, and enhanced form features.

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.

Instant Contact Sheets in QuarkXPress

One question I get fairly often goes something like: “I have a boatload of images, clip art, logos, etc. How can I automate the process of creating a book of them, with captions?”

The best solution I know of is the $14.99 ContactPage from Badia Software, which was just updated to support QuarkXPress 10, InDesign CC and Apple’s iWork. So without further ado, below is Badia’s description of it.

(While you’re at their website, be sure to check out their other XTensions, which truly open up possibilities you didn’t know existed.)

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ContactPage is the easiest way to create professional-looking contact sheets of images with captions. Use ContactPage to create picture catalogs, proof sheets, photo books, or anytime you need to quickly browse or print pictures with full descriptive text captions.

ContactPage can then build a PDF, image file, slideshow, or page layout document – using Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress or iWork Pages – with all the necessary pages, backgrounds, images and captions customized to your liking.

ContactPage allows you to choose between several export formats when building the contact sheet. Select a Slideshow to simply browse the contact sheet on-screen. Select PDF to build, save and print a PDF file. Select Images to save the sheet as JPEG, TIFF or PNG, one file for each page. Or choose from any of the most popular page layout software packages for building documents: Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress, or iWork Pages.

The easy-to-follow settings in ContactPage give you complete control to customize the look and contents of the final contact sheet. You can specify margins, page size and background, grid rows and columns, picture fitting, headers and footers, box colors and shapes, strokes, drop shadows, opacities, and more.

And ContactPage comes with an interactive preview that takes away the guesswork by showing you exactly how the contact sheet looks as you change the settings.

ContactPage captions can be made to describe their corresponding images in complete detail. You can not only choose the picture name but several other picture attributes as well: full path, file size, kind, color model, image resolution, creator application, date modified, dimensions, containing folder and copyright info, among others.

To compose the captions, ContactPage brings you easy-to-use placeholder labels represented by blue “tokens” that can be combined with any custom text or special characters. Format the captions by choosing the desired font, color, size, justification and vertical alignment.

What’s New

  • Headers and Footers: Specify box height, text settings (font, color, etc), and variable tokens: page number, date, folder or volume.
  • Folder and Files View: You can now organize, display and sort the picture list by folders.
  • Ability to start a new row or page every time a new folder is encountered.
  • Added “Creation Date” to sort picture list.
  • Sort folders by folder tree, name, modified date, creation date or folder level.
  • Specify resolution for PDF files.
  • Create one multi-page PDF file or one PDF file for each page.
  • Export the contact sheet as JPG, TIFF, or PNG, one file for each file. Specify resolution, quality, compression and color mode.
  • Rotate images and captions to any angle.
  • “Randomize” function allows you to rotate images at random.
  • Drop shadows for containers. Specify angle, offset, color, blur and shadow opacity.
  • Picture container opacity and picture opacity controls.
  • Faster preview rendering.
  • Ability to display in the preview any selected picture.
  • Option to turn on and off icon previews in the file list.
  • Added “Date Created” as a caption token.
  • Redesigned user interface and navigation.
  • Compatibility with Adobe InDesign CC and QuarkXPress 10.

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.