Have you ever wished for a way to intelligently resize a bunch of page items without squishing them, and without scaling things that shouldn’t be scaled? Well, the geniuses at Gluon came up with a solution many years ago, and named it ProScale.
ProScale is as an XTension for QuarkXPress 4/5/6/7 that lets you resize an entire multipage DOCUMENT with complete control over what gets scaled, and how. For example, you can scale all the pages of a document, including the text, but maintain rule and/or frame sizes.
The options are almost limitless. You can scale pages non-proportionally, while maintaining the proportions of page items — and the results are very close to what a designer would have chosen. You can use it to quickly fit an entire ad to a new column width. Seriously.
For convenience, ProScale includes a “Fit To” pop-up menu with common sizes such as A4, A5, business card, 1/3 page, 1/2 page, letter size, tabloid size, etc. (It’s great for converting letter-size to A4 and vice-versa!)
Its other options let you scale from the center of a selection, and step-and-repeat your scaling — perfect for logo sheets.
Once you get a combination of settings that you like, you can save them as a preset to reuse in the future.
I’ve been astonished by the results we’ve achieved in our office. If for nothing other than its awe factor, I encourage you to take a look at the examples at Gluon’s website: www.gluon.com
By the way, you can also use ProScale the old-fashioned way: just click and drag selected items to a new size.
And one more thing: ProScale is extremely fast, and it lets you undo the scaling!
ProScale costs $139 by itself, but a better bargain is Gluon’s ProPack, which includes ProScale and 17 more incredibly useful XTensions for just $199.
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.