How to Find the QuarkXPress Document that Created a PDF

I recently received this question from a user of QuarkXPress 8 for Mac:

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I can’t seem to locate a Quark document on my hard drive. I do have the PDF of this Quark doc. Is there a way to find the name of the Quark doc from the PDF document? 

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After looking through all the metadata in the PDF in Acrobat (File> Properties), I didn’t see any information about the name of the QuarkXPress document that generated the PDF. So, I asked Quark!

Quark’s reply was enlightening:

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If they know the names of any fonts, layouts, or style sheets used in the document they can always use Spotlight to search for those attributes along with Kind = QuarkXPress Project. To select those attributes in a Spotlight search you have to click the attribute popup (usually defaults to Created Date), then select Other and select Font, QuarkXPress Layout Names, or QuarkXPress Style Sheets from the attribute list.

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Fantastic!

As we noted in a previous story here, Quark added Spotlight support in QuarkXPress 8 and above. They also released a free Spotlight Filter for QuarkXPress 3 through 7. (Spotlight is Mac OS X’s supercharged file-finding feature; Quark’s Spotlight Filter is available here.)