Vision’s Edge’s VTools ($59) is an XTension for QuarkXPress 6 or 7 that adds many useful features:
It can resize a picture or text box to its content; convert Spot to Process colors; and add industry-standard ad sizes and/or user-defined page sizes & layouts to the File> New dialog box.
It can remove sequences of duplicated characters such as space-space; display the character, word and line count of a story; copy text and paragraph attributes and apply them to other text; change the text rotation, text skew, baseline shift and horizontal scale; and change the case of selected text (ALL Caps, Word Caps, etc.).
The newest features include: Add all images in folder to a QuarkXPress Library; and “Advisory Board”, a redlining and note tool for reviewing and approving changes in text.
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.