QuarkXPress 8: Item Find/Change

The new Item Find/Change feature in QuarkXPress 8 has a handy trick up its sleeve. (Well, actually, it’s on its flyout menu.) Besides letting you select every conceivable combination of attributes in an item, and then letting you changing it to any other combination of attributes, you can tell Item Find/Change to pick up the attributes from your currently selected item! See how in the story below, courtesy of X-Ray magazine. (This is an excerpt from “QuarkXPress 8: a Suite Response.”)

Still using QuarkXPress 7? This tip applies to you as well. Just install Quark’s free XPert FindChange and follow along…

IT’S CHANGING TIME

By adding these instructions to this point in the story line, I do not mean to imply that you may only find and change settings of items to which you have previously applied an item style. In fact, this feature is completely independent of item styles, but the technology is also an integration of the features from ALAP’s XPert Tools.

First we’ll look at a shortcut then explore the long version. Refer to the image below to follow along.

  1. Click on an item to sample styles that you wish to find and change. (For example, if you wish to find a particular line weight, no matter the color, select a line of that weight.)
  2. Choose EDIT > ITEM FIND/CHANGE.
  3. Optionally, navigate to the panel that has the attributes you wish to find.
  4. Click the fly-out menu and choose either ACQUIRE ALL ATTRIBUTES or ACQUIRE PANEL ATTRIBUTES (to find only those attributes contained within the current panel). You may add to or remove any of these attributes.
  5. In the right-hand pane (change to), choose the attributes that you wish to apply to items that meet the criteria you have defined on the left.
  6. From the lower edge of the dialogue box, choose to what items you wish to limit the search.
  7. Click FIND NEXT.
  8. Click CHANGE THEN FIND, CHANGE, or CHANGE ALL, continuing until you have completed the search routine, or until you have found those instances that you wanted to change.
  9. Close the window.

Using the acquire attributes option, you can cut down on the time and the guesswork when finding attributes — especially helpful when lots of attributes have been applied and need to be changed. As you can see above, you may also clear attributes that you sampled.

 

If you don’t already have an item with the attributes you wish to find and change, simply follow these steps:

  1. Choose EDIT > ITEM FIND/CHANGE.
  2. From each relevant panel, in the left-hand pane (find what), choose the item attributes that you wish to find.
  3. From each relevant panel, in the right-hand pane (change to), choose the item attributes that you wish to apply to items that meet the criteria you have defined on the left.
  4. From the lower edge of the dialogue box, choose to what items you wish to limit the search.
  5. Click FIND NEXT.
  6. Click CHANGE THEN FIND, CHANGE, or CHANGE ALL, continuing until you have completed the search routine, or until you have found those instances that you wanted to change.
  7. Close the window.

Figure 62 The item find/change dialogue box functions in essentially the same manner as the find/change dialogue box for text: define what to find on the left and define the changes you wish to make on the right.

Note: It is not required that you provide a change to attribute for each attribute on which you place find criteria.