First book about QuarkXPress 2016 now available

The first book about QuarkXPress 2016 is now available, so even before QuarkXPress 2016 will be officially released tomorrow (May 24).

You can order it through Amazon US or Amazon UK and other national sites from amazon.

The interesting thing is that this book is not only about QuarkXPress, it is also about design and brand considerations, about print processes and about finishing. So definitely an interesting read, I can highly recommend it.

Martin, the author of the book, who is also an author for Planet Quark, says about it:

““Over the years, I’ve seen dozens of designers, some straight from college, some hardened veterans, whose work came to a halt because they lacked some crucial piece of knowledge. In this book, I have tried to include the answers to all of their questions, and to uncover the richer possibilities that QuarkXPress 2016 offers. Its new features—especially native import and HTML5 publishing—allow us to be more productive, more creative and more satisfied in our work. Whether in print or online, more than ever before, QuarkXPress 2016 gives us the power to delight the eye and intrigue the mind.”

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.

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.

Adobe PDF Print Engine 3: when, where, why?

If you have an interest in prepress, be sure to look at the report by print industry pundits Cary Sherburne and David Zwang on Adobe PDF Print Engine 3 (APPE3).

Besides being tuned for graphically complex pages, APPE3 can now support multiple output devices per RIP, and can reallocate system resources to balance short rush jobs with longer jobs.

Third-party OEM partners should be delivering APPE3 solutions very soon. Read more about APPE3 at Adobe’s website.

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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.

“Engraved” Digital Cards from your iPad

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Connor is a free iPad app from New York-based Connor (named for renowned 19th-century stationer John Connors) that lets you create and send beautiful digital cards that appear to be engraved.

Use it for thank-yous, invitations, friendly notes, or any other occasion when you want to make a good impression.

Check it out here.

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.

Resources for Print Finishing and Special Effects

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Below are some of the services listed in an excellent collection of print finishing and special effects resources compiled by the Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA). Find these and other effects resources at FinisherFinder.com.

It includes sources for…

  • Aqueous Coating
  • Automatic Folding/Gluing
  • Bindery
  • Cast and Cure UV
  • Creative Services
  • Film Laminating
  • Foil Stamping (Leather)
  • Foil Stamping (Plastics)
  • Foil Stamping/Embossing/Diecutting (Sheet Fed)
  • Glitter UV Coating
  • Holograms
  • Label Printing/Foil Stamping
  • Laser Cutting
  • Mounting/Laminating
  • Plastic Coil & Wire-O
  • Printing Services
  • Rotary Foil Stamping/Embossing
  • Screen Printing
  • Stationery Engraving
  • Thermography
  • UV Coating
  • Window Patching
  • and several dozen others:

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(Thanks to Chuck Green at Ideabook.com for pointing us to it!)

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.