Quark’s new Quark Labs website has a new free XTension for QuarkXPress 7 that lets you drag and drop picture files directly onto pages in a QuarkXPress Layout. If a picture box doesn’t already exist to contain the picture, then one will be created automatically. If you drag a bunch of picture files, new picture boxes will be created for them and stacked on top of each other.
It works with any picture file format that QuarkXPress can import: Photoshop, PDF, TIF, EPS, JPG, etc.
And get this: you can even drag pictures from other applications such as iPhoto, Adobe Bridge, or Extensis Portfolio onto a QuarkXPress page.
The XTension is available for Mac OS X and Windows, and its source code is also available for developers who know how to write XTensions.
One thing to be aware of: the XTension is actually named DragDropImage.xnt, so if you’re looking for it in Quark’s XTensions Manager (Utilities> XTensions Manager), it won’t be under “I”, but rather under “D”.
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.