Spotlight Filter 2.0 Now Supports QuarkXPress 3–7, Leopard and Tiger

SpotlightQuark’s new Quark Labs website has a new version of Quark’s free Spotlight Filter 2.0 for Mac OS X. This version adds support for QuarkXPress 7 and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, letting you use Spotlight to search for text and other data within all your QuarkXPress documents.

After installing the filter and restarting your Mac, the Spotlight feature in Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5 will begin indexing the following data inside all the QuarkXPress 6 and 7 documents on any volumes attached to your Mac:

  • Text in text boxes
  • Page width and height
  • Names of individual Layouts within a Project
  • Style Sheet names
  • Font names

The filter also indexes documents last saved by QuarkXPress 3, 4, and 5 but it only indexes the text in those documents — not the other document info.

I noticed that Quark’s web page for the Spotlight filter tells how to install it in Mac OS X 10.5, but not in 10.4. To install it in 10.4, simply drag the downloaded file named QuarkXPress.mdimporter file into this folder: Macintosh HD/Library/Spotlight. To begin the indexing process you’ll then need to either restart your Mac or copy some text into Terminal, as described by Luis Diaz in the Quark Forum here.