Quite Software’s Quite a Box of Tricks 1.8 ($204) is a plug-in for Acrobat that helps with common pre-press and website problems. For example, it can convert embedded images to CMYK or grayscale using ICC profiles, downsample images to reduce PDF file size or prepare them for the Web, thicken “hairlines,” get information on fonts and images, show exact image dimensions and compression, and change all text to black.
It can also scale or mirror pages, rotate items, merge form fields into the document so they cannot be modified or lost, remove all form fields to shrink files, and merge annotations into the document or remove them. Being a professional tool, it also supports batch processing.
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.