Badia PrintPreview is an incredibly useful, free XTension for QuarkXPress 8 or 9 that displays a live print preview inside the Print dialog. The preview is updated in real time as you change the print settings, giving you immediate feedback as to the way those changes will affect the final output.
Most print parameters are shown, including spreads, print marks, manual or automatic tiling, page rotation, bleeds, page gap, flipping and negative printing. You can also manually tile a page simply by dragging the mouse over the preview.
You can learn more about PrintPreview and download it at http://printpreview.badiasoftware.com.
PrintPreview was formerly a component of Badia’s outstanding Printools XTension, which we wrote about here.
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.