Quark has released a FREE XTension for QuarkXPress 8 that lets you typeset complex mathematical formulas and equations directly in QuarkXPress. In addition to providing a relatively simple interface for building the equations, you can edit existing equations in a WYSIWYG window. You can also use a style-sheet-like system to ensure that all equations in a project share a similar appearance.
Here is Quark’s list of the features in XPressMath:
- Associate characters with procedures (such as Sigma with summation)
- Typeset horizontal and vertical placement
- Insert fixed integrals, radicals, and summations
- Customise space around mathematical structures
- Import and export ASCII text for offline keyboarding
- Edit in WYSIWYG view to easily format previously created mathematic equations and structures
- Perform advanced formatting in the Equation Builder window
- Export an equation in JPEG format (replaces PICT [Mac] and BMP [Windows] export)
- Support Unicode
- Access four additional pi character levels
XPressMath formerly cost $259 for earlier versions of QuarkXPress, but now it’s free!
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.