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XChange Int'l announce availability of BigPicture 3.0 XTensionUniversal Binary version for QuarkXPress 7 (November 01, 2006)
For each image in a document, BigPicture reports the name, page, full path, colour model (CMYK, RGB, etc.), format (TIFF, EPS, etc.), file size, image resolution (original and scaled), creator application, image compression, EPS fonts and colours, dimensions, date modified, print status, scaling, angle, colour profile, and link status. Users also have the option of displaying the entire picture list using the thumbnail view, so that they can quickly browse images visually. Several camera settings, such as shutter speed and focal length, are also reported when available.
For even more flexibility, users can sort the picture list by any column, select entries that match a specific attribute (for example, all RGB images), and control whether to include master page pictures and duplicate images. Using BigPicture, renaming pictures is as easy as clicking on the picture name and typing the new name. BigPicture will rename the picture file in the Finder, update the QuarkXPress link, and change all the document occurrences of the same picture.
The built-in search engine in BigPicture quickly scans a hard drive or any mounted volume for missing pictures and then gives users the ability to relink them with any of the returned matches found. If additional missing images are located in the same folder, BigPicture can automatically relink those as well. The XTension also provides options for retaining picture attributes and updating all picture occurrences.
Users can open an image or group of images with their creation application, or any other application they choose. BigPicture will launch that application and open the pictures automatically, ready for editing. A built-in favourites list feature also keeps track of the 30 most recent programs. Features include:
? Move or copy a group of pictures to a different folder or hard drive, to organise images by page, type or any other criteria
? Collect all images to a designated folder or volume
? Relink pictures with a different folder. This allows quick switching back and forth between a folder with low resolution pictures and one with high resolution pictures
? Replace any picture with another, while retaining original transformations such as scaling and box offset
? Update all modified pictures in one step
? Switch the print status of selected images from print to suppress printout, and vice versa
? Choose an action by double-clicking an entry in the picture list: update image, open with creator, reveal in Finder or reveal in document
? Unlink images using any of these options: retain picture name and preview, or retain only screen preview
? Reveal an image or any of its enclosing folders in the Finder, or show picture location in document or master pages
? Customise keyboard shortcut for easy access to the BigPicture palette
New in Version 3.0:
? Completely redesigned user-interface
? QuarkXPress 7-native and Universal Binary
? New tools for copying and collecting pictures to folder
? Additional picture attributes: colour profile, camera model, shutter and ISO speed, focal length, and Spotlight comments if available
? Improvements to the Search and Link feature
? Ability to change picture dimension units
? Preferences are now integrated in the main window
? Relink window shows preview of old and new images
? New way to rename pictures
? Resizable columns and window
? Long file name support
BigPicture 3.0 requires QuarkXPress 7.0x and OS X 10.4.2 or later.
Older versions of BigPicture also support QuarkXPress 6, 5 and 4, as well as Mac OS 9.
BigPicture is 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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