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XChange Int'l announce availability of 3 QuarkXPress v7 XTensionsXdata, Xcatalog and Xtags for QuarkXPress 7 now shipping (November 16, 2006)
DMN Newswire--2006-11-16--Xdata brings the full layout, design, typographic and picture publishing power of QuarkXPress to bear on all data-driven repetitive publishing tasks. Xdata works like mail merge on steroids. Users write simple text statements to import and format their text and graphics and then the menu-driven tools build their documents at hundreds or even thousands of pages per hour with just a few clicks. Xdata lets users take advantage of QuarkXPress typographic controls for each variable field and any intervening text to get just the right look for their data. Xdata has a powerful English-like scripting language and users can put any field from their data source in any order in the text flow, force page breaks, generate headers/footers, apply master pages as needed and much, much more.
Xdatas scripting language can be used to build simple or complex rules for including or excluding specific fields, pictures and static text. And there are no limits on data: records and fields can be as many and as long as needed. Xdata is perfect for automatically creating: product catalogues, financial and legal reports, conference guides, abstracts, real estate guides, trader and swap magazines, classified advertisement listings, timetables, phone books, course listings, TV guides and more.
Xcatalog is a powerful bi-directional linking tool for creating transparent links between QuarkXPress documents and external data sources. With these links in place, users never have to enter or update their data in two places ? Quark documents and data source ? but can simply update one or the other from the most current version.
Once links are established with the the easy-to-use linking tool, changes can be made either in the document or the database, and the changes pushed in the other direction with no extra work. No intermediate steps such as report creation and extraction are needed. Xcatalog is fully bi-directional and imposes no layout or design constraints. Xcatalogs links are invisible in a printed layout but are optionally visible while a user is working. Linked elements can be moved between documents freely without loss of data source linkage.
Xcatalog can be used to update prices, graphics, or product information?even change versions or swap languages?automatically. For users who have different pricing regions, Xcatalog can be used to swap the prices in for each region automatically.
The Pro version of Xcatalog differs from the normal version by offering ODBC support, providing connectivity to ?big iron databases such as Oracle, Sybase and SQL Server, as well as connectivity to Access databases and Excel files under Windows.
Xtags is a powerful import and export text filter supporting the full Quark XPress Tags language plus its own extended tags for even more document-building power. With Xtags, users can use a database or other front-end system to auto-build any text content with full styling (the same as XPress Tags), anchor and fill picture and text boxes, build and fill unanchored boxes, size picture contents to containing boxes, size boxes to content (text or picture) in various flexible ways, translate text and tags on input, use macros to reduce typing, apply master pages and spreads, and more.
For output, Xtags will save the contents of any text story, including anchored text and picture boxes and will also save the structure and content of any selected text, picture or group boxes. Xtags is perfect for picture-based data publishing, books, classified ad building, code conversion and much more.
Macintosh platform - QuarkXPress QuarkXPress 6.1+ and 7.01+ (Mac)
Windows platform - QuarkXPress 6.1+ and 7.0+
Xdata, Xcatalog/Xcatalog Pro and Xtags are all available now through XChange International. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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