Drag Text and Pictures from Anywhere into QuarkXPress 6

QuarkXPress 8 will let you drag text and pictures from just about anywhere directly onto a QuarkXPress page. Here are some free XTensions for previous versions of QuarkXPress that let you drag text and pictures from the desktop and other places:

QuarkXPress 4, 5, 6 & 7

Extensis’s QX-Drag&Drop (Mac only) lets you drag pictures, PDFs or text files directly onto QuarkXPress pages. Amazingly, you can drag them from Adobe Bridge or the Mac OS X Desktop. Because they wrote this XTension for use with their Portfolio asset manager, Extensis keeps this XTension filed under “Portfolio Product Support”.

QuarkXPress 6

Matrix DragAndDropXT (Mac only) lets you drag and drop text and pictures into boxes on your QuarkXPress document page.

You can even drag pictures or text from a database or Web browser. Just create a text or picture box in your QuarkXPress document, then drag text or a picture onto it from either a Finder window (or the Desktop), or a Web browser or database. Conveniently, the original picture files are copied into a subfolder of the folder that contains your QuarkXPress document. It can optionally copy the original text files as well.

QuarkXPress 7

Quark’s new Quark Labs website has a free XTension for QuarkXPress 7 named “Image Drag and Drop XTension” 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. 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”.