How to see previews of QuarkXPress documents – even without having QuarkXPress running or installed

QuickLook / Quick View images and other files

Often you need to see a preview of documents that you have on Mac. With images that’s easy, by setting the right preferences MacOS / OS X will show you thumbnails of images and even previews when you select an image and hit the spacebar.

That’s possible because Apple built an interesting technology into MacOS / OS X called QuickLook.

QuickLook can either create or extract previews in certain file types and present them to you, so that it is easier to find out whether it is the right file.

JPG, PDF, movies, audio files, text files and many more.

What about QuarkXPress documents?

You might not have QuarkXPress running or need to visually see a QuarkXPress document on a Mac where you do not have QuarkXPress installed.

On Macs, where you have QuarkXPress installed, this is easy, just hit the spacebar. As QuarkXPress will have installed a QuickLook plug-in on first launch, Finder can show you thumbnails and previews of QuarkXPress documents.

On Macs, where you do not have QuarkXPress installed, you can install a free QuickLook plug-in (made by Quark) to also see previews and thumbnails of QuarkXPress documents. Here’s an extract of an article on forums.quark.com:

Free QuickLook plug-in to preview QuarkXPress projects
This will allow you to see thumbnails of QuarkXPress Projects (.qxp) in Finder and also provide a QuickLook preview.
This works for .qxp files created with QuarkXPress 7, 8, 9, 10, 2015 and 2016; regardless whether you have QuarkXPress installed or not.

1. Download the zipped QuickLook plug-in: Click to download QXP QuickLook plug-in

2. Unzip it.(Unzip by double-clicking the downloaded file.)

3. Navigate to folder /Library/QuickLook/(That’s the main ‘Library’ folder on your Macintosh HD.)

4. Put the QuickLook plug-in into this folder.(So copy the file ‘QuarkXPress.qlgenerator’ there. Finder will probably ask you for permission. If you already find one in there, replace it.)

5. Log off and log on again.

(To test whether it works, you can download a sample QXP file: Click to download sample QXP)

And what about “exotic” file formats?

If you have other file formats that you often need to preview and out-of-the-box MacOS doesn’t handle them, then have a look at the following great site, it lists all known QuickLook plug-ins – free and commercial – available for MacOS / OS X:

http://www.quicklookplugins.com/

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.

New Facebook Group about QuarkXPress

QuarkXPress’ Facebook Group was founded 3 months ago today.

Here’s some history about it:

A bit over three months ago, customers asked Quark why we don’t create a Facebook Group for QuarkXPress.

Quark already had a Facebook Page for QuarkXPress, so I first was hesitant. The Facebook Page is handled by Quark’s Social Media team and “pushes” out news and information about and around QuarkXPress. Sure, Facebook pages also allow a back channel, via comments or a “post to page” at the side, however both is not very prominent. A Facebook Page still feels dominated by the creator of the page, it feels like a push channel. So I was hesitant to create “just another page”.

When I looked at Facebook Groups, it felt like this could be different. A bit more like forums, more user interaction, as everybody can post on the main page.

So exactly three months ago, on July 21, 2015, I created the QuarkXPress Group on Facebook, a bit of an experiment and to see whether that is valuable for QuarkXPress users and fans.

And it was. Almost 700 members after one month, currently at 870 members and every day another fan or user asks to join. So this Group will stay and has become an important communication method between the QuarkXPress team at Quark and QuarkXPress users. And it also helps QuarkXPress users and fans to communicate with each other.

There are many posts by the members of the group, sharing memories of QuarkXPress 3, asking questions on how to do something in QuarkXPress 10 or QuarkXPress 2015, seeking help or participating in small polls. For example an ongoing Facebook Group poll asked about the best version of QuarkXPress so far, and 66% think that it’s QuarkXPress 2015 (see here). And it feels a bit like a QuarkXPress User Group. Another poll asks which feature is more important and thus directly influencing development at Quark.

And it even spans into the real world, when I presented at a tradeshow in Birmingham last week, five members of the QuarkXPress Facebook Group came to the show to talk to me in person.

 

So if you are a QuarkXPress user, fan or just want to see what’s going on,
why don’t you join the group?
https://www.facebook.com/groups/quarkxpress/

 

QuarkXPressFacebookGroup

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.

One Way to Import Hyperlinks from Microsoft Word into QuarkXPress 8 or 9

As mentioned in our previous stories, QuarkXPress 10 now imports hyperlinks from Microsoft Word documents. But what about previous versions of QuarkXPress?

If you’re still using QuarkXPress 9, you can temporarily use QuarkXPress 10 to import the Microsoft Word document with hyperlinks, then export the Layout as a QuarkXPress 9.1 Project. The hyperlinks created by QuarkXPress 10 will be included in the QuarkXPress 9.1 Project.

If you’re still using QuarkXPress 8, you can open the file in QuarkXPress 9.1-9.5 and use the same technique to export it for version 8.

Here’s the two-step, step-by-step:

1. Choose File> Export> Layouts as Project…

File>Export>Layouts_as_Project

2. Choose QuarkXPress 9.1 from the Version popup menu

Export_Layouts_as_Project_dialog

(Thanks to reader Raymond Leveille for sharing this technique!)

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.

Trick to Close a Path in QuarkXPress

There is no explicit ‘join’ command for closing an open Bézier (Pen) path created in QuarkXPress 9 and earlier, but it can be done. (QuarkXPress 10 will have this feature built-in.)

One way is to choose Item> Shape and hold down the Option/Alt key as you select the Freehand Box thumbnail in the submenu.

Here’s the open path:

And here’s the resulting closed path:

Here are step-by-step directions:

1. Select the item with the Item tool.

2. Hold down the Option/Alt key when choosing Item> Shape.

3. Choose the shape that looks like a painter’s palette (oval-ish)

This tells Quark that you want your formerly open path (represented by the squiggly line in the Shape menu) to become a closed path (represented by the painter’s palette in the Shape menu).

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.

Drag Selections from Photoshop to QuarkXPress

In QuarkXPress 8 and higher, you can drag just about any kind of graphic or text file onto a page, from anywhere you can normally drag a file — the desktop, Adobe Bridge, Extensis Portfolio, iMedia Browser, etc. You can even drag text directly from inside a Word document onto a layout page, or even a selection of an image from inside Photoshop onto a page in QuarkXPress.

Now, I don’t recommend dragging Photoshop selections into a layout destined for print, because dragging a selection from Photoshop creates an embedded, 72dpi picture in QuarkXPress. But it’s a useful trick to know in several situations, such as when you’re mocking up a Web app, or when creating a Web page in the Web space in QuarkXPress.

Unfortunately, once you’ve dragged your selection into QuarkXPress, you can’t just drag that selection back into Photoshop, but you can copy and paste it: get the Picture Content tool from the Tools palette (you can also double-click on the picture to switch to the Picture Content tool, or in later versions of QuarkXPress, press the R key on your keyboard):

PictureContentTool-QXP9

Copy the picture box content (Edit> Copy or Command/Ctrl-C), and then switch to Photoshop. Create a new, empty Photoshop document (just press Command/Ctrl-N: the new Photoshop document will automatically have the exact dimensions as your copied picture), and then paste it in (Edit> Paste or Command/Ctrl-V).

A more flexible way to export this picture or ANY picture on a QuarkXPress page is to choose File> Save Picture.

File>SavePicture>SelectedPicture

You can then choose the file format and other attributes for your new image file — optionally including any image areas that you cropped out in QuarkXPress! The result is a new image file containing what was inside your QuarkXPress picture box:

Picture_Export_Options_dialog

Note: your selection in Photoshop must be rectangular to drag it into QuarkXPress. A non-rectangular selection results in an empty picture box in QuarkXPress.

 

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.