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ALAP Updates ShadowCaster

New version of Quark XTension adds noise effects By Dave Nagel
A Lowly Apprentice Production (ALAP) has released an update to ShadowCaster, an XTension for QuarkXPress. The new 3.1 version is a maintenance release, fixing a number of user-reported issues and also adding some new features. It's available now for Macintosh and Windows.

ShadowCaster allows users to create drop shadows and other effects directly within Quark and also provides the ability to create layers for selected QuarkXPress items, apply special effects and change the blending and opacity of layers. Special effects include Bevel/Emboss, Inner Shadow, Outer Glow, Inner Glow and Drop Shadows. It also offers a real-time Preview Palette and Effect Styles.

The new version adds the ability to apply noise effects to shadows and glows and also adds a Place button for creating effects more easily. It also addresses bugs found in the previous release.

Version 3.1 is a free update for current users. The full version of ShadowCaster $99.99, with upgrades ranging from $49.99 to $79.99. 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, 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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