Badia’s Exportools 3.0 is an XTension for QuarkXPress 8 (they also have versions for QuarkXPress 4/5/6/7) that lets you export your document pages in many ways, including:
- plain or rich text (RTF)
Each format has many options, notably: EPS and raster formats can be scaled 10% to 1000%, in B&W, grayscale or color, and with variable transparency; Text can be exported using any filter in QuarkXPress (XPress Tags, MS Word, etc.), and you can choose the order that text boxes are processed on a page.
Each page in a project can be exported as a separate file, and can optionally include visible page guides. Or, export a portion of a page, with optional bleed area
Exportools can also automatically send exported files to other applications for processing, such as sending PostScript to Distiller to make a PDF, or sending an EPS to Photoshop to rasterize at any size and resolution.
But that’s old news. Here’s what’s new to version 3:
- Redesigned file name composition which allows you to use from 1 to 9 file name components
- New file name placeholders: Today’s Date, Current Time, User Name, Destination Folder, Export File Extension
- List of recent destination folders
- Added Document Container and Desktop as predefined destination folders
- Preview of the full export file list, with exact file names
- Preview of first and last file names in main window
- Icons for destination folder, post-processing application and export files
- New Preferences panel
- Improved handling of duplicate file names: options to replace, skip or ask what to do
- QuarkXPress 8-native
Exportools costs $119.
For much more information on how Exportools works, check out Cyndie Shaffstall’s enlightening article in X-Ray Magazine, at this URL: www.xraymag.com/articles/xray_v5n4_trade_tools_4.htm
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.