For many years, Markzware has made tools to convert and/or repair documents made in QuarkXPress, InDesign, and other applications. Recently, they used their experience, knowledge, and patented technology to create PageZephyr 3, a tool that can search and extract text. As Markzware says, PageZephyr “indexes, locates and outputs content created from proprietary or encoded formats without the need for the original authoring application.” (This also includes any files found in Mac OS X’s Spotlight search feature.) Results are displayed in the context of the document, and searches may be performed in any language.
From within PageZephyr’s Search results, you can select text from one or more stories in one or more documents. After selecting the story(s), its text is displayed in a “story board,” for viewing, editing and exporting. PageZephyr 3 supports exporting to formatted RTF or Plain Text, or uploading to Google Docs, WordPress, Scribd, or Box.net for sharing.
PageZephyr 3 supports documents created by QuarkXPress 4–8 and InDesign CS–CS6, and Microsoft Publisher 2002–2010.
PageZephr 3 runs on Mac OS X, but can process Windows documents if they are stored on a Spotlight Enabled Mac OS X volume. PageZephyr can also search by metadata such as file size, creation and modification dates, file name, and document type.
The price is $99, and a 30-day free trial is available.
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.