Meadows Publishing Solutions’ GroupPicture ($459) is an XTension for QuarkXPress 4, 5 or 6 that lets you store and reuse groups of items (picture and text boxes, paths, rules, etc.).
Each group becomes a special file that behaves just like a picture, except that when you import it into a QuarkXPress document, all the separate pieces are available for adjusting and reformatting if you like. These groups can also be archived or placed into a digital asset database for categorization and recall.
It’s a unique and valuable tool for catalog production.
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.