Gluon’s ProPack 7 ($199) is a tremendously valuable set of 18 XTensions for QuarkXPress 7. Now, they’ve added three more XTensions to the set:
- Strata: it can move items, based on their type or location, to an existing or new layer; also, it can flatten all layers to one layer.
- Outlines: it converts multiple lines of text to outline shapes (Bézier curves), maintaining location, color and shade.
- ShapeMaker: it can create an infinite variety of complex shapes such as waves, polygons and spirals.
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.