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.
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.