Applying style sheets in QuarkXPress can be exasperating. Not because they don’t work, but because they work so completely. I often wish I could maintain some of the formatting in the text, while applying other attributes from the style sheet.
That’s exactly what Vision’s Edge’s Stylin’ does. This XTension for QuarkXPress 6 or 7 lets you apply a new style without losing your favorite attributes that are already applied to the text.
You can choose to keep any combination of paragraph or character attributes, such as font styles, tracking, color, space-before and -after, alignment, etc. It’s great for formatting text imported from Microsoft Word, without losing the author’s local formatting.
Once you define a combination of attributes you want to keep, you can save that as a Setting for future use.
You can see Stylin’ highlighted in X-Ray Magazine here.
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.