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XChange International Announce Xcatalog and ProScaleXTensions for QuarkXPress 8 (September 25, 2008)
pleased to announce the release of ProScale and Xcatalog XTensions for
QuarkXPress 8. Xcatalog is a free update for Xcatalog 6/7 users. Users can
upgrade to ProScale for QuarkXPress 8 for £51.00/$94.00 and will receive
versions compatible with QuarkXPress 7 and QuarkXPress 8.
ProScale offers users the ability to resize items, groups or entire
documents with a single click. Users can intelligently scale page elements
disproportionately without distorting text and graphics and the XTension
includes advanced text and column fitting tools along with a convenient
"fit-to" function. A visual drag scaling tool works with the Quark
measurements palette as well. Users have control over every aspect of what
gets scaled including guides, gutters, shadows, etc. ProScale also scales
native elements such as tables, web items and anchored groups.
Other features include:
- Scale items, groups, page ranges or entire documents
- Scale disproportionally without distorting pictures and text or choose to
- Special function palette with scaling presets
- Step-and-repeat scaling
- Scaling presets for common sizes allows users to quickly move documents
from letter size to A4 and vice versa
- Advanced, easy-to-use text-fitting
- Single-click column fitting
Xcatalog for QuarkXPress is a powerful bi-directional linking tool for
creating transparent links between QuarkXPress documents and external data.
With these links in place, users never have to enter or update their data in
two places (documents and database), but can simply update one or the other
from the most current version.
Xcatalog provides an open system, database-neutral linking scheme between
databases and QuarkXPress documents, automating the publication of documents
ranging from single-page advertising flyers to 1,000+ page industrial
products catalogues, and involving from a few dozen to 100,000+ data
Xcatalog has an interactive linking tool that supports linking both
boxestext and graphicsand arbitrary text selections within boxes. Each
linked document element is associated with a given field of the record
selected by a given key, with several options for text and graphics import
(e.g., the element is a price or XPress Tagged text, the picture should be
imported with a particular sizing option applied, etc). Once a document is
linked, its elements can be updated using the Update from File... menu
option, or automatically (usually in batches) with script options.
Xcatalog provides an intuitive linking palette to establish links between
any database element and any document text element, from a single character
to a phrase to a paragraph to a whole story or any picture element. Links
are transparent to the printing process (they don't affect page layout), but
visible on the screen (if the user chooses).
With pre-linked modules in libraries, users can drag a module, fill in a key
value in one link, and watch Xcatalog fill in the whole module
interactively. With just one menu selection, users can make sure all linked
document elements match their corresponding database elements without every
worrying again about whether they've gotten all the price changes before the
big catalogue release, or whether, in the last-minute rush to get the
catalogue out the door, they've forgotten to update a few prices in the
database that were updated in the document.
Any number of price styles can be defined per publishing project and users
can also update pictures, automatically resizing them to fit their
destination box in various ways, or to be left sized as-is. Users can direct
Xcatalog to their picture folders, using aliases/shortcuts in their project
control folder and can enable "fuzzy lookup," which even finds picture files
with filename prefixes or file types/suffixes. All of Xcatalog's updating
operations are scriptable as well, with AppleScript under Mac OS for
powerful workflow automation.
ProScale is available for QuarkXPress 8 for Macintosh with a Windows version
in development. The XTension is available for earlier versions of
QuarkXPress (4, 5 ,6 and 7) for both Macintosh and Windows.
Xcatalog is available for both Macintosh and Windows and there is a version
available, InCatalog, for InDesign® as well.
ProScale and Xcatalog for QuarkXPress 8 are available now through XChange
International via electronic delivery worldwide. To order, or for more
information, users can visit www.xchangeuk.com, or call on +44(0)20 7490
4455 during UK business hours. Email address is email@example.com.
XChange are a leading supplier of desktop graphic and publishing
applications, QuarkXTension® technology; Adobe InDesign®, Acrobat® and
Photoshop® Plug-ins® and other design and publishing utilities. XChange
offer extended technology products from across the world specific to the
graphic design, print and publishing industries and make them available to
an extensive user base via their printed catalogue or online at their web
site. The company are headquartered in Central London and also offer
specialist training on many of the solutions they sell.
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