Most users are aware that QuarkXPress offers powerful automation possibilities that Mac OS X can tap into, but very few explore those options. The process is quite straightforward, and can be learned in baby steps.
An easy way to dip your toes into it is through the $40 Ultimate Productivity Automator Action Pack from Automated Workflows. This collection of pre-built Automator actions makes it easy to add pages to QuarkXPress documents, insert graphics and text, export pages to EPS, and more.
The collection also includes equivalent actions for InDesign, and similar actions for Photoshop, iPhoto, FileMaker, TextEdit, and the Finder.
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.