FullMeasure: Your Wish List for the Measurements Palette Fulfilled!

Badia FullMeasure 5.5 adds a new Measurements palette to QuarkXPress 4–9 that provides quick access to almost every control that is otherwise hidden in a QuarkXPress dialog box, plus a LOT more.

If you use QuarkXPress for serious production work, the $59 FullMeasure will pay for itself in a few weeks. We’ve used it for years, and feel crippled without it.

Here are some of the new timesaving abilities it adds:

  • Find boxes by more than 50 attributes, such as background color, dimensions, suppression, opacity, frame style, empty boxes, picture resolution, color model, and picture status
  • Adjust view percentage with a slider
  • Save and use custom view percentages
  • Remove local formatting from a paragraph
  • Count words, characters or paragraphs
  • Fit box to picture or text
  • Display picture file size, format, color mode, and creator application
  • Update all modified pictures
  • Show a picture file in the Finder or launch its creator application
  • List fonts & colors used in imported EPS files
  • Convert measures between inches, mm, picas, pixels, etc.
  • Select reference points to specify item coordinates and dimensions relative to any side of the item (top-right of the box, center, etc.)
  • A Tables panel for quick access to table functions
  • Insert special characters
  • Redefine a Style Sheet to match selected text
  • Interactively change almost any value by pressing Up and Down arrows
  • Add guides precisely, create a guide at text baseline, and step & repeat guides
  • Determine the “effective” resolution of a picture, which takes into account scaling
  • And much more

FullMeasure costs $59, but Badia has a free 30-day trial version available.

Note: Versions for QuarkXPress 4–8 may have slightly different features.