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ALAP Updates XPert Tools Pro

QuarkXPress XTensions get bug fixes By Dave Nagel
A Lowly Apprentice Productions (ALAP) has released an update for XPert Tools Pro, its collection of XTensions for QuarkXPress. The new version--XPert Tools Pro 2.0.1--is a minor maintenance release designed to address a few bugs. It's available now for Macintosh and Windows.

XPert Tools Pro 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. 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.

The new update fixes a few "known issues," according to ALAP. It's available free for users of XPert Tools Pro 2.0.

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

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