For many years, Markzware has made tools to convert and/or repair documents made in QuarkXPress, InDesign, and other applications. Recently, they used their experience, knowledge, and patented technology to create PageZephyr 2, a tool that can search and extract text. As Markzware says, PageZephyr “indexes, locates and outputs content created from proprietary or encoded formats without the need for the original authoring application.”
(This also includes any files found in Mac OS X’s Spotlight search feature.) Results are displayed in the context of the document, and searches may be performed in any language.
From within PageZephyr’s Search results, you can select text from one or more stories in one or more documents. After selecting the story(s), its text is displayed in a “story board,” for viewing, editing and exporting. PageZephyr 2 supports exporting to formatted RTF or Plain Text, or uploading to PageZephyr.com, Google Docs, WordPress, Scribd, or Box.net for sharing.
PageZephyr 2 supports documents created by QuarkXPress 6/7/8, InDesign CS3/CS4/CS5, and Microsoft Publisher. PageZephyr is normally priced at $199, but for a “limited time” is available for $99.50.
PageZephr 2 runs on Mac OS X, but can process Windows documents if they are stored on a Spotlight Enabled Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher volume. PageZephyr can also search by metadata such as file size, creation and modification dates, file name, and document type.
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.