Efficiently Format Tabbed Text in QuarkXPress

Working with columns of tabbed text in QuarkXPress can be tedious, since there is no tool to select all the text in a “column”, and you can’t move more than one tab at a time. Also, there’s no way  to add up a column of numbers.

If you often work with layouts containing tabbed text, you’ll save tons of time with the following XTensions, which are now available for every version of QuarkXPress:

Meadows Publishing Solutions has a Grabber collection of XTensions for QuarkXPress 4/5/6/7/8/9 for Macintosh that let you select and modify text by simply dragging a marquee around any area of the page. The text can be in different text boxes, in a vertical column, or anywhere else in a rectangular selection.

Copy Grabber lets you copy and paste an entire column of tabbed text from one location to another.

Text Grabber lets you change text attributes by dragging a marquee around the text. It’s great for changing a tabbed column of text without affecting adjoining tabbed columns. You can even repeat a change on a new selection, by pressing a keyboard shortcut.

Tab Grabber lets you move columns of tabbed text by dragging a marquee around the text, and then entering a “nudge” value, which will be added to all existing tab positions inside the marquee. You can also change the tab alignment or the fill character at the same time.

Each XTension costs $225, but are also available in a bundle for $450.

A fourth Grabber XTension, Math Grabber ($595), lets you drag a marquee around any column of numbers and perform a calculation, inserting the resulting values automatically. Use it to instantly calculate prices in foreign currencies or apply percentage discounts or markups, with specified precision.