For many years, Markzware has made tools to convert and/or repair documents made in QuarkXPress, InDesign, and other applications. Now, they’ve taken their experience, knowledge, and patented technology and rolled it into PageZephyr, a new tool that can search and extract text.
As Markzware says:
“indexes, locates and outputs content created from proprietary or encoded formats without the need for the original authoring application.”
Results are displayed in the context of the document, and searches may be performed in any language. After selecting the story, its text is displayed in a “story board,” for viewing, editing and exporting to formatted RTF, Plain Text or uploading to PageZephyr.com for sharing.
The first release handles documents created by InDesign CS3/CS4 and QuarkXPress 6/7/8. They plan to include Microsoft Publisher and PageMaker documents in the near future. PageZephyr is available in two versions: the $129 version searches but does not extract, while the $299 version searches and extracts.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.