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ALAP Ships XTensions for Mac OS X

XPert Tools Pro, XPert Scale get QuarkXPress 6 support By Dave Nagel
A Lowly Apprentice Productions (ALAP) has launched new versions of its XTensions for QuarkXPress: XPert Tools Pro, XPert Align, XPert Layers and XPert Scale. All of the new versions gain support for Mac OS X and QuarkXPress 6. They're available now.

XPert Tools Pro 2.1 combines features from the old XPert Tools Vols. 1 and 2, including 16 Quark XTensions covering page scaling, navigation, attribute find/replace and other functions. 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.

Individual XTensions from the XPert Tools Pro collection are also available, including XPert Scale 2.1, XPert Layers 2.1 and XPert Align 2.1.

XPert Tools Pro 2.1 is available for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows for $179.99. Upgrades start at $39.99. XPert Scale 2.1, XPert Layers 2.1 and XPert Align 2.1 are available for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows for $99.99 each. Upgrades start at $29.99. 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, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, 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

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