If you’re using QuarkXPress 6.5 or 7 on a Mac, and you’re running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, chances are you’ll run into a few glitches. If your glitch involves printing — specifically, if QuarkXPress forgets the features of your particular printer or no longer make its PPD available in the Print dialog box — make a note of this change:
In Leopard, Apple changed the location of PPD files. In Tiger and earlier, they are inside the incredibly cryptic “en.lprog” folder at /Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/en.lprog. They’re now one folder level up, at Drive/Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources.
If this is affecting you, you can tell QuarkXPress to look into that folder by choosing Utilities> PPD Manager, and then enabling the “Use Auxiliary Folder” option and pointing it to that folder.
All the printer PPDs in that folder will then be added to the list of PPDs in QuarkXPress.
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.