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Badia Ships Printools 4

Quark utility package gains Mac OS X support By Dave Nagel
Badia Software has released Printools 4, a suite of page layout and printing tools, including preflighting utilities, for QuarkXPress. The new version adds a variety of new features, as well as QuarkXPress 6 support. It's available now for Mac OS X.

Printools is a suite of general utilities for printing the includes document previews, usage statistics, page slug text modification, PostScript generation, style sheet reports, revision and time tracking, batch printing and various preflighting tools. The new version 4 gains Mac OS X and QuarkXPress 6 support and also adds several enhancements. In the area of preflighting, it includes customizable preflight checks, sorting of results lists and support for JPEG images. For page slugs, it now allows users to edit standard Quark slugs or remove them entirely.

For printing, it adds a "hot folder" for automatically saving all PostScript files, support for three automatic file naming components, an option for overriding duplicates, an option to leave "print to file" on always and automatic serial number increases. It also adds new project management for batch printing, an option to print all layouts in a batch, an option for including the current project in a batch and an option to close projects after printing.

The new version has also been rewritten to be fully optimized for Mac OS X and QuarkXPress 6 and has also gained improvements to stability and compatibility with other XTensions.

Badia's Printools 4 is available now for Mac OS X for $100 for a single license. Upgrades from version 2.2 or 3.0 run $50. 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 [email protected].

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