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ALAP Ships XPert Tools Pro 2.0

New release supports QuarkXPress 5 By Dave Nagel
A Lowly Apprentice Production has shipped XPert Tools Pro 2.0. XPert Tools is a collection of workflow and functionality XTensions for QuarkXPress. The new version adds several features and also supports QuarkXPress 5.0 in addition to 4.x.

XPert Tools Pro combines the most popular features of the old XPert Tools Vols. 1 and 2, according to ALAP. These include 16 Quark XTensions covering page scaling, navigation, attribute find/replace and other functions. The versions of the XTensions in the new collection include new and enhanced functionality. Some of the features include:

  • XPert Guides, which provides controls for creating and editing onscreen guides.
  • XPert FindChange for finding any type of item and changing any attributes.
  • XPert ItemStyles for saving item attributes as style sheets that can be applied to any item from a palette.
  • XPert Align, which is used for aligning items with other items.
  • XPert Scale, used for scaling QuarkXPress documents, items, groups and contents.
  • XPert Layers, which provides a method for locating, selecting and modifying layered items on pages.
  • XPert TextLink, which adds a palette for linking and unlinking text boxes and text paths.
  • XPert PageSets, which lets users save all the settings in the New Document dialog box as a style called a "page set."
  • XPert Paste, which provides additional pasting options.
  • XPert Pilot, which provides thumbnail previews of the pages and spreads in the current document.
  • XPert ItemMarks for making crop marks and registration marks for individual items and pages.
  • XPert ImageInfo, which gives detailed information about all the pictures placed in QuarkXPress documents.
  • XPert Print, which allows for printed or saving selected areas in a QuarkXPress document.
  • XPert BoxTools for adjusting the size and placement of items, text and graphics.
  • XPert Toolbars, which allows for creating custom palettes that provide access to any Quark XPress function.
  • XPert Type, which offers quick access to common text formatting options.

XPert Tools Pro 2.0 is available now for Macintosh and WIndows for $179.99. Upgrades run $79.99 or $59.99. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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